Field Hockey Breaks Record With 40th Consecutive Home Win
BRUNSWICK, Maine- The Bowdoin field hockey team collected its record-breaking 40th consecutive home win, dating back to 2010, this afternoon with a 4-0 second half push against Colby.
The second-ranked Polar Bears improve to 12-1 (8-1 NESCAC) with today's win. Bowdoin holds the longest active home winning streak in Division III field hockey, and bested their program record of 39 set between 2004-08. Colby falls bellow .500 in conference play, to 4-5, with an 8-5 overall record.
Despite controlling the first half of play, outshooting Colby 7-1 and holding a 9-0 edge in corners, Bowdoin was unable to break through the Mules' defense and score. As the first ten minutes ticked off the clock in the second half, it looked as though Colby's defense would continue to hold the Polar Bears scoreless. Bowdoin finally broke through in the 49th minute of the game with a well-executed corner. Following the insert, Colleen Finnerty dished the ball to her left side where Emily McColgen one-touched it for Bowdoin's first goal. Barely three minutes later Rachel Kennedy netted her first of the game, with a move in front of Colby goalie Sarah Evans. Kennedy scored her team leading 16th goal of the season four minutes later, as she tipped a pass from Olivia King.
Bowdoin scored all four second half goals within a ten minute stretch, finished off by a shot from Katie Riley. Riley stepped in and flicked a rebound off Evans' pads into the net, to put Bowdoin up 4-0. Last Saturday against Connecticut College, Riley became only the sixth player in Bowdoin history to surpass the 100-point benchmark and finished her senior game with 103 career points.
Hannah Gartner made one stop for Bowdoin as Evans made 12 total for Colby. The Polar Bears held a 15-0 edge in corners and 15-2 advantage in shots.
The Polar Bears conclude their regular season schedule with a 4:30 PM game at Tufts on Wednesday afternoon. Colby will host Bates at 6:00 PM on October 30.
Bowdoin honored its four member senior class prior to Saturday's final home game - photo below courtesy of Brian Beard/www.CIPhotography.com