Riley Rescues Polar Bears in Overtime as Field Hockey Extends Winning Streak

Katie Riley's ninth goal in her last five games lifted Bowdoin to the win
Katie Riley's ninth goal in her last five games lifted Bowdoin to the win

AMHERST, Mass. - Katie Riley buried the game winner just 2:13 into overtime to lift the third-ranked Bowdoin field hockey team to a 1-0 win in a contest they dominated over 15th-ranked Amherst on Senior Day at Gooding Field on Sunday.

Dropping to 7-4 (4-4 NESCAC), the Jeffs suffered their third overtime loss of 2012, having also fallen to No. 8 Tufts and No. 13 Trinity in extra time. Improving to 15-10 all-time against Amherst, Bowdoin extended its win streak to seven, while moving to 11-1 (7-1 NESCAC) on the year. The Polar Bears finished with a decisive 35-4 shot advantage and an 18-2 edge in corners.

Playing a penalty corner to the left side with just over 20 minutes to go in the half, Molly Paduda set up Brooke Phinney, who ripped a hard shot that found sophomore Rachel Tannenbaum's pads.­­ Just over 10 minutes later, Colleen Finnerty drew a penalty after Tannenbaum trapped the ball near the right post. Keeping the Jeffs level, the Amherst goalkeeper again came up big, making a diving stop on first-year Rachel Kennedy's ensuing stroke. Staying aggressive, Riley narrowly missed a chance to break the deadlock, ringing a try off the post at 29:26 as the teams remained scoreless at the intermission.

Earning another penalty corner five minutes into the second period, Paduda again played Phinney at the top of the circle, but Tannenbaum made a kick save with her right pad to deny the senior the go-ahead goal.

Continuing to control possession over the next 15 minutes, Bowdoin won six more penalty corners, while outshooting Amherst, 9-0. After Ellie Andersen recorded the Jeffs' first shot of the half 21:32 into the frame, Colleen Finnerty sent another try off the post, this time hitting the right pipe.

Generating another scoring opportunity in the 63rd minute, Cathleen Smith got free in front and looked to have an open shot on net, but Annie Turnbull covered the back post, making a big defensive save.

Kennedy tested Tannenbaum with another attempt at 65:56, but the keeper got just enough with her left blocker to keep the Polar Bears off the board. Winning a penalty corner at the end of regulation, Phinney and Kennedy got two more shots on target, but Tannenbaum made a pair of diving saves before Alex Philie cleared the ball out of the circle to force overtime.

Just 2:13 into the extra session, Bo­­wdoin finally broke through. Phinney fired a shot from the right side of the arc toward the cage. Corralling the loose ball on the back post, Smith slid a pass to Riley, who tapped in the game winner at 72:13.

Despite the loss, Tannenbaum put forth a strong effort in net, logging a season-high 17 saves, while senior counterpart Kayla Lessard made three stops in the shutout win for Bowdoin.