Field Hockey Falls in NESCAC Season Opener

Johna Cook scored Bowdoin's first goal of the 2017 season, tying the game early in the second half.
Johna Cook scored Bowdoin's first goal of the 2017 season, tying the game early in the second half.

AMHERST, Mass. – The Bowdoin field hockey team fell just short of a season opening win after dropping a 2-1 decision to Amherst on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) fell behind early in the first half, but quickly evened the score minutes into the second. Amherst (2-0, 1-0 NESCAC) regained the lead midway through the frame to secure a NESCAC opening win.

Game Highlights

  • Amherst got on the board 6:23 into the contest off a successful penalty corner. Laura Schwartzman inserted the ball to Elizabeth Turnbull who drove a shot into the lower left corner.
  • Kara Finnerty nearly tied the game midway through the half. The sophomore collected a leading pass from the defense and earned a point-blank shot on Emilie Flamme, but the keeper denied her ball and  kept Bowdoin off the board.
  • The Polar Bears made the game 1-1 just 2:43 into the second half. Bowdoin executed a corner play and Elizabeth Bennewitz found Johna Cook at the top of the circle. Cook's shot fired past the Amherst defense and deflected into the net.
  • The hosts took the their final lead of the afternoon on a successful penalty stroke by Turnball.

By The Numbers

  • Bowdoin outshot Amherst by a slim 12-10 margin, while the hosts held a 7-6 edge in corners.
  • Maddie Ferrucci made four saves in collegiate debut. Flamme made four stops as well.
  • Kelsey Bumgardner recorded a defensive save.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin plays at Bates on Wednesday evening, beginning at 7:00 p.m.