Field Hockey Falls to Middlebury in NESCAC Semifinals

Elizabeth Bennewitz scored in the first half and cut Middlebury's lead in half.
Elizabeth Bennewitz scored in the first half and cut Middlebury's lead in half.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Middlebury field hockey team ended Bowdoin's season in a 5-2 NESCAC Semifinal on Saturday afternoon.

The top-seeded Panthers (15-2) advanced to their seventh consecutive conference final. The Polar Bears end the year ranked 16th,, nationally,  with a 10-7 record.

Game Highlights

  • The Panthers opened the scoring with an early goal just 1:24 into the game. Annie Leonard tipped a pass from Kelly Coyle to go ahead 1-0.
  • Middlebury doubled its lead with 26:50 on the clock as Molly Freeman dribbled the ball into the circle and fed Grace Jennings on the far post.
  • Bowdoin responded eight minutes later on a penalty corner. Abby Bashaw inserted the ball to Elizabeth Bennewitz who drove a shot from the top to cut the lead in half.
  • Erin Nicholas tucked a pass to Jennings with under five minutes to play in the half, going up 3-1.
  • The Polar Bears closed the gap seven minutes into the second frame. Juliana Fiore carried the ball up the right side and sent a long cross to the front of the Panther net. Emma Stevens redirected the pass into the cage, closing the gap to 3-2.
  • Molly Freeman added a pair of tallies in the 64th and 68th minutes to put the game away.

By the Numbers

  • Middlebury held a 13-8 edge in shots, while Bowdoin had an 8-7 penalty corner advantage.
  • Abby Furdak made a pair of stops for the Panthers.
  • Maddie Ferrucci made four stops for the Polar Bears.