Top-Seeded Polar Bears Hold Serve With a Shutout Win Over Hamilton

Photo courtesy of www.CIPhotography.com
Photo courtesy of www.CIPhotography.com

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The top-seeded Bowdoin field hockey team scored a pair of first-half goals to dismiss Hamilton, 2-0 in NESCAC Quarterfinal action Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field. The Polar Bears advance to the NESCAC semifinals for the seventh consecutive season with a record of 15-0. The eighth-seeded Continentals end their year with a record of 5-10.

Bowdoin will host fifth-seeded Trinity, who upset fourth-seeded Tufts, in a NESCAC semifinal match at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 5. The other semifinal will feature Amherst and Middlebury at 1:30 p.m. The semifinals winners will meet at Ryan Field for the NESCAC Championship game on Sunday, November6 at noon.

On Saturday, the Polar Bears jumped out to an early lead just 7:27 into the first half. Cathleen Smith found McKenna Teague open on the opposite side of the circle and slid the ball across the front of the net. Teague ripped the feed hard and low on an open net to put the Polar Bears on the board. Liz Clegg finished off a Katie Herter rebound with 11:32 remaining before halftime to give Bowdoin an insurance goal.

The Continentals' offense got to work after the intermission, generating all their scoring opportunities in the second half. Hamilton earned five penalty corners and took seven shots but the Bowdoin defense, led by performances from goalie Kayla Lessard and defender Brooke Phinney proved difficult to solve, as the Polar Bears survived the late rally to preserve the shutout win.

Lessard ended with four saves while Hamilton goaltender Victoria Trentini made nine saves for the Continentals.

The Polar Bears have won five of the league's last six NESCAC Championships and, during that span, have won 14 of their last 15 games in tournament play. Their only loss during that span came against next week's semifinal opponent, Trinity, who took a 2-1 win over the Polar Bears in the 2009 tournament.