Field Hockey Defeats Middlebury in Nationally-Ranked Saturday Showdown
BRUNSWICK, Maine- The Bowdoin field hockey team scored three second half goals to knock off previously undefeated Middlebury College 4-2 in the first Polar Bear victory over the Panthers since the 2011 NESCAC Championship.
The eighth ranked Polar Bears (4-1, 2-1 NESCAC) win over the fourth ranked Panthers (3-1, 2-1 NESCAC) extended Bowdoin's home win streak to 35 consecutive games. Middlebury's previous three wins over Bowdoin included an NCAA Tournament victory in 2011, a regular season matchup in 2012, and the 2012 NESCAC Finals.
Bowdoin's Rachel Kennedy netted the first goal of the game 9:02 into the opening half. Katie Riley, who tallied three assists for the Polar Bears, shoveled a pass towards the right post where Kennedy redirected the ball to put Bowdoin up 1-0. The two teams played another fifteen minutes of scoreless field hockey until Middlebury was earned two consecutive penalty corners. Alyssa Dimalo inserted the ball to Elinore O'Brien who controlled the ball with a clean stick stop at the top of the circle before Catherine Fowler stepped up with a hard drive to tie the game at 1-1-.
The Polar Bears came out strong in the opening minutes of the second half. Bowdoin capitalized on a penalty stroke seven minutes in as Colleen Finnerty lined up with Middlebury goalie Cassie Coash. Finnerty sent a hard shot to the upper right corner beyond the reach of Coash's blacker to put Bowdoin up 2-1. The Panthers tied the score with nine minutes remaining as Katherine Theiss posted up on the right side to knock the ball past Bowdoingoalie Hannah Gartner. Only seconds elapsed as the Polar Bears turned around with their third goal of the game. Riley carried the ball down the wing towards Middlebury's end line where she made a low cross-cage pass to Kimmie Ganong on the left post. Bowdoin doubled its lead with 4:26 remaining off another Riley to Kennedy connection.
The Polar Bears travel to Bates for a 7:00 PM matchup on September 25. The Panthers host Castleton on Wednesday with a 7:00 PM start.