Curren's Game-Winner Clinches NESCAC Top Seed For Polar Bears

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Ella Curren scored the game-winning goal with 12:25 remaining in regulation to give the Bowdoin College field hockey team a 1-0 win at Trinity on Saturday afternoon. The victory clinches first place in the conference standings for the Polar Bears (13-0), who will be the top seed for the 2011 NESCAC Tournament.

Despite winning two of the last three NESCAC titles, the Polar Bears have not been the top seed and host for the tournament since 2007. Bowdoin is ranked second in the latest NFHCA Division III poll. Trinity is ranked 15th in the rankings.

Bowdoin held a 6-1 edge in shots in the opening period but couldn't find the back of the net until well into the second half. The Polar Bears earned a penalty corner and McKenna Teague played the ball into the circle to Ella Curren, who blasted a shot that was tipped in front by a Trinity defender and past goaltender Gina Dinallo with under 13 minutes to go.

Trinity responded with pressure downfield, and garnered two penalty corners as time expired. The Polar Bear defense clamped down, as goaltender Kayla Lessard swept aside a late chance to preserve the shutout, lowering her season GAA to 0.63. Lessard finished with two saves in the win while Dinallo made six stops in the loss.

The Polar Bears will close out their season on Wednesday evening on Senior Night against Tufts University.