Polar Bears Cruise Past Babson into NCAA Regional Final

Polar Bears Cruise Past Babson into NCAA Regional Final

BRUNSWICK, Maine –Cathleen Smith and Kassey Matoin scored two goals apiece to lead the Bowdoin College field hockey team to a 6-0 win over Babson in an NCAA Second Round contest at Ryan Field on Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bears (17-1) advance to tomorrow's regional final, where they will face the winner of Saturday's late game between Cortland State and Lebanon Valley for a trip to the National Semifinals. The Beavers end their season with 16-6.

Kassey Matoin put Bowdoin on the board first after a pair of unconverted penalty corners for the Poalr Bears. Matoin intercepted a pass on the left wing and carried the ball in on Babson netminder Jess Pashos. She beat Pashos with a shot inside the right post for a one-goal lead less than five minutes into the contest. Ten minutes in, Bowdoin earned a penalty shot after a shot deflected off a Babson defender. Ingrid Oelschlager converted on the attempt to give the Polar Bears a two-goal advantage. Moments later, Cathleen Smith put home a one-time feed from the right wing from Emily French to give the hosts a three-goal lead that they carried into intermission.

Bowdoin wasted little time adding to their lead in the second frame, as Smith redirected an Oelschlager shot less than three minutes in. Matoin recorded her second goal of the game in the 57th minute, tipping home an Ella Curren shot. Michaela Calnan rounded out the scoring for the Polar Bears with a long blast off a pass from Matoin with less than eight minutes to go.

The Polar Bears held a 39-1 edge in shots and 16-2 advantage in penalty corners. Bowdoin's Emily Neilson stopped the only shot she faced for one save while Pashos played valiantly for the Beavers, making 14 saves in the loss.

Bowdoin, who claimed the NCAA Division III Championship in both 2007 and 2008 before missing out on the 2009 tournament, have won nine consecutive NCAA Tournament games and improve to 9-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament games at Ryan Field.

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Marisa Maxwell scored two goals, including the game-winner with 4:29 remaining, to lift the Lebanon Valley College field hockey team over Cortland State on Saturday afternoon, 5-4, in an NCAA Tournament Second Round game played at Bowdoin College. The Flying Dutchmen (19-2) advance to Sunday's regional final against the host Polar Bears, who defeated Babson 6-0 earlier in the day. The Red Dragons see their season come to a close with a record of 16-5.

A flurry of action early in the opening period set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. Cortland's Sara Woodward stick-handled around a pair of Lebanon Valley defenders and deposited a shot that slipped past goaltender Christine Poletti just 1:56 into the game. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Flying Dutchmen evened the score two minutes later when Jocelyn Novak put home a rebound at 4:08. Brenda Semit gave Cortland its second lead of the day at 14:08, working a give-and-go with Brianna Yetsko to make it 2-1. Lebanon Valley forced another deadlock in the 29th minute as Cait Eckenrode finished off a scramble in front to tie the game at two apiece.

With under 30 seconds to go in the half, Semit was able to push the Red Dragons in front when she took a feed from Erin Smith and ripped a shot from the slot that rattled the back of the cage to give Cortland a 3-2 edge at intermission.

Lebanon Valley appeared to take control of the contest early in the second period as the Flying Dutchmen scored twice in a 2:29 span to take their first lead of the afternoon. Shelly Lobach put home a rebound at 42:23 to tie the game at three before Maxwell's first tally of the game finished off a lengthy scramble in the circle at 44:54 to give Lebanon Valley a 4-3 lead. Undeterred, Cortland State rebounded less than four minutes later as Karly Vdoviak fed a nifty pass up the right sideline to Woodward, who ripped a shot from the right side to force the fourth tie of the game, 4-4, with 21:22 remaining.

With the game seemingly destined for extra time, Lebanon Valley converted on the game-winner with 4:29 to go. Maxwell received the ball in front, and tapped a shot that was blocked by Cortland's Ashley Hughes. The ball came back to the stick of Lebanon Valley's senior forward, who knocked home the rebound to give the Flying Dutchmen the victory.

Semit and and Woodward finished with two goals apiece for Cortland, who held an 11-9 advantage in penalty corners. Lebanon Valley held a 31-18 advantage in shots for the game. Hughes stopped 13 shots for the Red Dragons in defeat while Poletti made nine saves in the cage for the Flying Dutchmen.

Lebanon Valley will face Bowdoin at 1:00 p.m. Sunday in the regional final. The only meeting all-time between the schools came in the 2007 NCAA Semifinals, when the Polar Bears took a 1-0 win en route to their first national title.