Polar Bears Cruise to Win Over Continentals

Emily Simonton sparked Bowdoin's offensive outburst against Hamilton (more photos at www.CIPhotography.com)

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin field hockey team kicked off Homecoming Weekend with a 9-1 victory over visiting Hamilton this afternoon.

The third ranked Polar Bears improve to 9-1 (5-1 NESCAC) this season with their 38th consecutive home win, dating back to 2010. Hamilton falls to 3-6 (1-5 NESCAC) but scored its first ever goal against the Polar Bears in the final two minutes of today's contest.

Rachel Kennedy, Liz Znamierowski, and Emily Simonton each tallied two goals for the Polar Bears in Saturday's matchup, with Kennedy starting the team off at 24:07. Bowdoin scored three goals, including Kennedy's, within a six minute stretch as Katie Riley and Simonton followed up with two more. With ten minutes remaining in the half, Kennedy received the ball from Simonton to put Bowdoin up 4-0. Znamierowski finished up the Polar Bears' first half scoring with just 14 seconds remaining, to send Bowdoin into halftime leading 5-0.

Bowdoin's offense picked right back up in the opening minutes of the second half, as Simonton notched her second goal of the afternoon just 2:30 into play. Pam Herter buried a crossing pass from Kimmy Ganong off the left post, to extend Bowdoin's lead to 7-0 with ten minutes remaining. Hamilton had no time to regroup as Znamierowski charged down the field and drew the goalie in a one-on-one only thirty seconds later. The Polar Bears received their final goal from Emily McColgan with an assist from Alexa Baumgartner. The Continentals capitalized on a breakaway play by Merisa Dion running down the left side and engaging Bowdoin's Liz Rill. With Rill out of the play and the ball about to roll over the end line, Dion dove to redirect the loose ball into Bowdoin's cage with less than two minutes remaining.

The Polar Bears held a decisive 35-2 advantage in shots as well as a 10-3 edge in corners. Hannah Gartner made one save for Bowdoin in 54:04 minutes of play, with Rill allowing Hamilton's lone goal in 15:53 minutes in net. Victoria Trentini (52:17) made 14 saves for the Continentals, as Hannah Keohane (17:43) made one.

Bowdoin will host Williams College tomorrow at 12:00 PM, while Hamilton travels to Middlebury for a 1:00 PM showdown.