October 13, 2013

Field Hockey Ties Home Win Streak Record in Shutout of Williams

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Colleen Finnerty supplied the Bowdoin field hockey team with two assists and a goal in a 5-0 shutout win against visiting Williams this afternoon. The win marks Bowdoin's 39th consecutive home win beginning in 2010, tying the program record set between 2004-08. It is the longest homefield winning streak in Division III field hockey.

The third ranked Polar Bears improve to 10-1 overall with a 6-1 NESCAC record. The Ephs fall to 4-6 (2-5 NESCAC) on the season. Bowdoin extended its win streak against Williams to eight straight, dating back to 2004.

Bowdoin's first goal came 13 minutes into the game as Rachel Kennedy passed a quick ball to Mettler Growney in the center of the circle. Growney controlled the ball and buried the ball in the far left corner of Williams' goal. The Polar Bears tallied their second goal of the game off a penalty corner as Colleen Finnerty received the insert at the top of the circle and passed to O'Donnell on her right. O'Donnell fired off a shot that snaked through the Ephs defenders allowing Katie Riley to deflect it in for the 2-0 lead. Four minutes later the Polar Bears made the score 3-0 off a perfectly executed corner. Olivia King cleanly stopped a Riley insert before Finnerty stepped up to drive in Bowdoin's third of the game. With 5:09 showing on the clock, Williams was called for another foul in the circle. As the corner played out, Finnerty notched her first assist of the game as Emily Simonton deflected her hit from the right post.

Williams came out in the second half with more targeted offensive pressure. All three shots the Ephs earned were directed on net. Bowdoin goalie Hannah Gartner recorded two saves, while Finnerty stopped a drive to right post off a Williams corner.  With only eight minutes remaining in the game, Liz Znamierowski deflected another Finnerty drive into the Ephs' net to round out the Polar Bears scoring.

Gartner made three total saves for Bowdoin while Ariana Spillotes made seven stops for Williams. The Polar Bears outshot the Ephs by a 24-6 edge, with a 20-5 advantage in corners.

Williams will host Skidmore under the lights at 6:00 PM on Wednesday. Bowdoin travels to Connecticut College next Saturday, October 19, for a 12:00 PM game.

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