BRUNSWICK, Maine - Brooke Phinney scored a pair of first half goals to propel the Bowdoin College field hockey team to a 3-0 win over Williams on Sunday afternoon at Ryan Field.
The sixth-ranked Polar Bears extend their winning streak to five-straight games with the win and improve to 9-1 (5-1 NESCAC) this fall. Bowdoin has outscored their opponents 26-1 during the current streak. The Ephs lose their second game in as many days and drop to 5-5 (3-4 NESCAC) on the year.
Bowdoin got on the board twice courtesy of Phinney in the opening period on nearly identical plays. Katie Riley inserted the ball on a penalty corner to the stick of Kassey Matoin, who set the ball for a low blast from Phinney just 7:59 into the contest. Then, almost seven minutes later, Phinney converted a carbon-copy penalty corner opportunity at 14:16 to give the hosts a two-goal edge at the break.
The Polar Bears put the game on ice midway through the second half when Katie Riley played a pass ahead to Adrienne O'Donnell, who lifted a shot over oncoming Williams goaltender Ariana Spiliotes for a 3-0 lead at 50:45.
Bowdoin's Kayla Lessard made four saves in the shutout win as the Polar Bears held a 27-7 edge in shots. Spiliotes kept her team in contention in the first half, making 10 stops as the Polar Bears held a 18-0 edge in shots in the opening stanza. She finished with 16 saves for the game.
The Polar Bears will return to action with back-to-back road games next weekend at Hamilton on Saturday and at Amherst on Sunday.
Photos courtesy of Brian Beard and Creative Images Photography.