Riley Ties NESCAC Record as Field Hockey Drops Trinity in Quarterfinals
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Katie Riley tied the NESCAC Tournament record with four goals as the Bowdoin field hockey team overwhelmed Trinity 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament on Saturday at Ryan Field.
Riley's four goals tied the mark set by Middlebury's Lauren Greer last year and is the most-ever by a Bowdoin player in NESCAC Championship play.
With the win, the third-seeded Polar Bears (13-2) advance to the NESCAC semifinals for the ninth consecutive season and improve their all-time record in tournament play to 24-6. They will battle second-seeded Tufts next Saturday at Amherst, in a rematch of a game played just four days ago in Medford, won by the Jumbos 1-0. Sixth-seeded Trinity ends its season with a record of 8-7.
Riley and the Polar Bears took just 1:39 to get the game's first goal as she put home a rebound to give Bowdoin a very early lead. Less than eight minutes later, Rachel Kennedy stole a ball at midfield and carried it into the Trinity zone, centering a pass to Riley, who finished it off for a 2-0 lead at the Polar Bears would carry into halftime.
Bowdoin put the contest out of reach with a four-goal surge in the second period. Riley scored the first two goals of the second half as well, accepting another pass from Kennedy and scoring 1:38 into the half. Riley then knocked home a Colleen Finnerty shot that hit the post at 41:35. Finnerty put home a penalty corner for Bowdoin at 51:25 before Pam Herter rounded out the Bowdoin scoring, making it 6-0, at 57:16.
Trinity was able to get a late goal from Sophie Doering with 7:30 remaining, off an assist from Sarah Duncan, to close out the contest.
Hannah Gartner made two saves in 60:45 of work for Bowdoin. Clara Belitz played the final 9:15 in net for the Polar Bears. Trinity's Sophie Fitzpatrick played 58:24, making seven saves and permitting all six Bowdoin goals, before Anne Scalambrino came in to play the final 11:36.