MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts field hockey team scored the contest's lone goal with under ten minutes remaining in the second half to hand Bowdoin its first shutout loss of the season in the teams' 1-0 regular season finale on Wednesday afternoon.
Both teams entered with 8-1 records in the conference, with Bowdoin ranked #2 nationally and Tufts at #3. The Jumbos improved to 13-1 overall and 9-1 in the league while the Polar Bears fell to 12-2 and 8-2.
The Polar Bears will play host to Trinity on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game. These two teams faced off on October 5, with Bowdoin collecting a 2-1 overtime win on the Bantams' home turf.
Tufts' only strong scoring opportunity of the first half came as Emily Cannon fired a shot on goal during the Jumbos' only penalty corner of the first 35. Bowdoin's Hannah Gartner made the save to preserve the 0-0 tie. The Polar Bears outshot the hosts, 4-2, but were unable to direct any shots on net.
Bowdoin continued to apply pressure in the second half with three early corners. Katie Riley's shot on the first attempt, and Mettler Growney's on the second were both denied. Tufts would respond with an attack that resulted in a corner and a deflected shot off the post. Four minutes later, the Jumbos would take the lead. After a shot deflected off a defender, Rachel Terveer retrieved the ball in the middle of the circle and deflected a shot of Gartner's pads into the goal.
The Polar Bears earned five penalty corners in the second half, but were unable to convert. As time wound down, Bowdoin's greatest scoring opportunity came from a Growney shot near the left end line that Keenan stopped. Keenan finished with two saves to preserve the shutout, while Gartner made one stop for the Polar Bears. Bowdoin held a 9-4 edge in shots as well as a 7-2 corner advantage.