Field Hockey Falls to Tufts in Top-Ten Battle, Seeded Third For NESCAC's

Cathleen Smith scored her 11th goal of the season in Wednesday night's loss
Cathleen Smith scored her 11th goal of the season in Wednesday night's loss

MEDFORD, Mass. - The Bowdoin College field hockey team permitted a season-high three goals in a 3-1 loss to Tufts in its regular season finale on Wednesday evening.

In a battle of top-ten squads, the third-ranked Polar Bears (12-2, 8-2 NESCAC) fall for just the second time this season and will be the third seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. Eight-ranked Tufts (13-1, 9-1 NESCAC) has won 13 straight since losing their season-opener to Middlebury. The Jumbos will be the second seed for the conference tourney which begins on Saturday.

Bowdoin will host sixth-seeded Williams in a NESCAC Quarterfinal match on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Polar Bears took a 3-0 win in the team's regular-season meeting on October 7.

First-year Dakota Sikes-Keilp scored her first collegiate goal for Tufts, redirecting a blast by sophomore Maggie Chapman during a corner attempt to put Tufts up 1-0 17 minutes into the game. Bowdoin senior goalie Kayla Lessard would make four saves in the first half to help keep the deficit at one, including two back-to-back chances by Jumbo junior Emily Cannon on another corner late in the period.

Just two minutes into the second half, the Jumbos took advantage of another penalty corner. Lia Sagerman was at the post to knock in the rebound of a shot by Cannon to give the Jumbos a 2-0 margin. Bowdoin was able to cut into the lead in the 42nd minute when junior Lauren Schroeder drove a perfect ball from the far right side of the field into the middle where senior co-captain Cathleen Smith rapped it home to pull the Polar Bears within 2-1.

However, barely a minute later, the Jumbos capitalized on a corner for the third time to go up 3-1. Junior leading scorer Chelsea Yogerst tallied her ninth of the fall off an assist from senior co-captain Rachel Gerhardt.

The Jumbos finished off the win by earning advantages of 8-1 in shots and 9-2 in corners for the second half. Lessard recorded nine saves, while Jumbo sophomore Brianna Keenan had two.