September 29, 2012

Field Hockey Dispatches Connecticut College in Seven-Goal Victory

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Senior Brooke Phinney recorded nine points to lead the Bowdoin field hockey team over the Connecticut College Camels 7-0 on Saturday afternoon.

The sixth-ranked Polar Bears improve to 6-1 (2-1 NESCAC) while the Camels fall to 4-3 (2-3 NESCAC).

Bowdoin opened the scoring less than four minutes into the game with Phinney blasting home a corner shot inserted by Katie Riley and stopped by Kassey Matoin at 31:39. Rachel Kennedy increased the lead at 14:44 on a pass from Olivia King. King fed the ball to Kennedy in the center of the circle, who spun and fired a shot into the back of the net to make the score 2-0. Emily Simonton tipped in the third goal of the game off a Phinney corner shot at 11:51 and Lauren Schroeder tacked on a fourth goal before the half on a shot from close range.

Phinney accounted for all three goals in the second half. Kennedy assisted on her first tally of the half at 22:12. Matoin and Riley earned the assists for the second goal off a penalty corner at 19:29. Phinney scored her last goal after recovering her own blocked shot and driving it into the back of the net with 10:40 remaining in the game.

Connecticut College finished the game with a strong push down the Bowdoin end of the field that resulted in two penalty corners. In spite of the Camel effort, Bowdoin held the upper hand in both penalty corners (16-2) and shots (23-3)

Connecticut College goalie Jeannette Hoets (6 goals against) stopped 12 shots in 54:16 minutes of action before being relieved by Becca Napolitano (1 goals against, 0 saves) for the remaining 16:44 of the game. Kayla Lessard (54:16) was not forced to make a save for Bowdoin before giving way to Hannah Gartner (16:44, two saves), who preserved the shutout. 

Phinney's nine points are just one shy of the program's single-game mark of 10, jointly held by Lindsay McNamara '09, Sheila Carroll '90 and Margaret Burns '76.

Bowdoin will be back in action on Tuesday night against Maine NESCAC foe Bates College at 7 p.m. on Ryan Field. Connecticut College will play again on October 4th against Eastern Connecticut at 4:30 p.m.

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