Clegg's Goal The Difference as Bowdoin Wins at Wellesley

Clegg's Goal The Difference as Bowdoin Wins at Wellesley

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Elizabeth Clegg scored the go-ahead goal in the second half to lift the Bowdoin College field hockey team to a 2-1 non-conference win over Wellesley on Wednesday afternoon. The Polar Bears, ranked fourth in the latest Division III national poll, improve to 2-0 this season while the Blue suffer their first setback at 4-1.

After a 40-minute lightning delay, the Polar Bears quickly went up 1-0 on a penalty corner in the 10th minute.  An insertion from Elizabeth Clegg was settled by Kassey Matoin, as Ella Curren launched a rocket shot from the top of the circle for her first goal of the season. Wellesley tied the game at 1-1 early in the second half, as Allison Robbins snuck a nice pass through the circle to Alex Azzi, who found the back of the net with 37:16 on the clock.

Clegg then notched what proved to be the game-winner in the 47th minute.  Olivia King intercepted a Wellesley pass and sent it into the circle where Clegg tapped it in for the 2-1 Polar Bear advantage. Wellesley had possession for a good portion of the final 10 minutes of play, but could not tally the equalizer, handing Bowdoin the 2-1 victory.

Blue keeper Brit Mscisz was solid in the cage, recording 10 saves while allowing her first two goals of the season. For Bowdoin, Kayla Lessard did not need a save to earn the victory. Bowdoin notched a 23-2 advantage in shots and an 8-0 edge in penalty corners.

The game marked a reunion for the coaching staffs of the two teams. It marked the first contest for new Wellesley head coach Julia King (Bowdoin '09) against her alma mater while former Bowdoin goaltender Emileigh Mercer (Bowdoin '09) is an assistant for the Blue. The duo faced off against a Polar Bear coaching staff that includes assistant coaches Marissa O'Neil (Bowdoin '05) and Kate Leonard (Bowdoin '07) under the direction of Nicky Pearson.