Second-Ranked Polar Bears Too Much For Eagles in Blowout

Second-Ranked Polar Bears Too Much For Eagles in Blowout

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The second-ranked Bowdoin College field hockey squad rolled to its 19th consecutive victory on Wednesday night, taking a 7-0 decision over Husson University under the lights at Ryan Field.

The defending national champions, who stand second in the latest NFHCA Division III poll, have been victorious in their last 19 outings dating back to last fall, marking the second-longest winning streak in program history. The Eagles fall to 7-7 this season with the loss.

The Polar Bears ambushed the Husson net in the first half, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first 19 minutes and never looking back. Cathleen Smith got the scoring underway by working a nifty give-and-go with Katie Herter and buried the game's first tally with a diving put-home at 6:11. Smith redirected an Ella Curren rocket off a penalty corner eight minutes later before Katie Herter intercepted an ill-timed Husson pass in the Eagle backfield and rifled a shot to the lower-left corner to make it 3-0 at 19:34. Pam Herter and Katie Riley both added scores before intermission to give the hosts a five-goal edge.

Emily Simonton scored her first career goal early in the second stanza before Pam Herter's second marker of the contest closed out the scoring with under nine minutes to go. Kayla Lessard (one save) and Hannah Gartner (no saves) split the shutout by each playing a half for the Polar Bears. Kristen Capen made 13 saves and permitted six goals in 59:59 before being relived by Chelsea Kondratowicz, who stopped three shots and allowed one goal in the final 10:01.

Bowdoin held a 34-1 edge in shots and 12-1 lead in penalty corners. The Polar Bears' 19 consecutive wins are the most in Division III field hockey and surpass the 18 consecutive wins by the 2005 squad, but are still shy of the 31 consecutive wins posted by the Polar Bears from 2007-08.