Field Hockey Suffers Loss At Bowdoin

September 21, 2013

Bowdoin outscored fourth-ranked Middlebury 3-1 in the second half on its way to a 4-2 victory over the Panthers (3-1, 2-1) in a NESCAC contest played in Maine. The win is the first for the eighth-ranked Polar Bears (4-1, 2-1) over Middlebury since the 2011 NESCAC Championship, extending their home winning streak to 35 games. The Panthers return to action on Wednesday at Castleton.

Bowdoin’s Rachel Kennedy netted the first goal of the game 9:02 into the opening half. Katie Riley, who tallied three assists for the Polar Bears, shoveled a pass towards the right post where Kennedy redirected the ball to put Bowdoin up 1-0.

The two teams played another 15 minutes of scoreless field hockey until Middlebury earned two consecutive penalty corners. Alyssa DiMaio inserted the ball to Elinore O’Brien, who controlled the ball with a clean stick stop at the top of the circle. Catherine Fowler stepped up with a hard drive to tie the game at 1-1, her sixth of the year.

The Polar Bears came out strong in the opening minutes of the second half. Bowdoin capitalized on a penalty stroke seven minutes in as Colleen Finnerty scored with a shot to the upper right corner to put Bowdoin up 2-1. The Panthers tied the score with nine minutes remaining when Katherine Theiss posted up on the right side to knock the ball past Bowdoin goalie Hannah Gartner. Only seconds elapsed before the Polar Bears answered with their third goal of the game. Riley carried the ball down the wing and made a low cross-cage pass to Kimmie Ganong on the left post. Bowdoin doubled its lead with 4:26 remaining off another Riley to Kennedy connection.