Amherst Scores Three Unanswered Goals to Upset Field Hockey

Emily Simonton scored a first-half goal for Bowdoin on Saturday
Emily Simonton scored a first-half goal for Bowdoin on Saturday

AMHERST, Mass. – The Bowdoin field hockey team fell 4-2 at Amherst this afternoon after the Lord Jeffs scored three unanswered goals to close out the final 34 minutes.

The loss to 11th ranked Amherst (1-2, 1-1 NESCAC) is the first of the season for the fourth ranked Polar Bears (2-1, 1-1 NESCAC) who have not dropped a game against the Jeffs since 2009.

Amherst's Annika Nygren had a pair of goals in the contest, including the game's first. With just over 11 minutes off the clock a scrum broke out to the right side of the cage. Katie Paolano passed the ball back to Nygren who shot towards the left post to lift Amherst up 1-0. Bowdoin answered with ten minutes remaining in the half as Emily Simonton capitalized on a loose rebound off the goalie's pads to knock in her first goal of the season.

Katie Riley broke through the Amherst defense just 56 seconds into the second half with a feed from Colleen Finnerty.  The Polar Bears held their 2-1 lead for 15 minutes before the Lord Jeffs answered as Katie Paolano tapped the ball past Bowdoin goalie Hannah Gartner after receiving an end line feed. Nygren's second goal of the game came two minutes later after Krista Zsitvay drew Gartner out on an angle before passing across the circle. Taking advantage of a Bowdoin foul in the circle, Alex Philie converted with a hard drive from the top. Bowdoin held a 14-7 advantage in penalty corners and 21-12 edge in shots.

Gartner made four saves in goal for the Polar Bears. Rachel Tannenbaum stopped 14 Bowdoin shots, with ten coming in the second half.

The Polar Bears return to action with a Tuesday evening game at Ryan Field as they host Southern Maine a 7:00 PM.