BRUNSWICK, Maine - The eighth-ranked Bowdoin College field hockey team got back on the winning track with a 9-1 victory over Southern Maine on Tuesday evening at Ryan Field.
The Polar Bears (3-1) rebound after its first loss of the season last Saturday at Amherst. Bowdoin has now won 34 consecutive home games and 11 straight over USM. The Huskies (3-4) lose for the fourth time in their last five outings.
Southern Maine stymied the Bowdoin attack in the early going as Amanda Kasbohm made several nice early stops to keep the Polar Bears at bay. The Polar Bears finally broke through 11:33 into the contest when Colleen Finnerty put home the game's first goal. Moments later, Katie Riley put home her own rebound at 13:24 and Pam Herter gave the hosts a 3-0 advantage at 23:48 as Bowdoin carried the three-goal advantage into halftime.
Bowdoin rolled off six goals to open the second half. Riley and Herter each added their second goal of the night while Emily Simonton and Liz Znamierowski both found the back of the net. Alexa Baumgartner and Mettler Growney each tallied their first career goals to push the Polar Bear lead to 9-0 late in the game.
USM's Leanne Reichert spoiled the shutout with a turnaround shot from the center of the circle with just seconds remaining in the contest.
Kasbohm made 13 saves in net for the Huskies (48:25, 7 GA) before giving way to Lindsey Fortin, who stopped two shots (21:35, 2 GA). Bowdoin's first two goaltenders Hannah Gartner (48:25) and Clare Belitz (11:41) were not tested. Liz Rill made one save and allowed the one goal over the final 9:54.
Bowdoin will return to action Saturday with a battle against third-ranked Middlebury at home at 11:00 a.m. USM will play at Eastern Connecticut in its next outing on Saturday at noon.