Finnerty Scores in Double Overtime as Field Hockey Tips Trinity

Colleen Finnerty scored in double overtime to beat Trinity
Colleen Finnerty scored in double overtime to beat Trinity

HARTFORD, Conn. – Colleen Finnerty scored the game winning goal in double overtime to lift the Bowdoin field hockey team to a 2-1 win over host Trinity this afternoon. 

The fourth ranked Polar Bears improve to 7-1 (4-1 NESCAC) on the season as Trinity suffers its second consecutive loss, falling to 5-4 (3-3 NESCAC).  

Bowdoin tallied its lone regulation time goal just 1:40 into the opening half off the first penalty corner of the game.  Katie Riley directed the insert towards Emily Simonton on the circle who dropped an aerial into the Bantams cage. Bowdoin carried the 1-0 lead all the way through the half, despite Trinity taking a 3-2 shot advantage.  Hannah Gartner stopped all three shots she faced in the opening half to maintain the Bowdoin lead.

As play resumed in the second half, the Bantam defense began to give way under a mounting attack from Bowdoin.  The Polar Bears outshot their hosts 9-3 but Trinity's Sophie Fitzpatrick stopped all six shots she faced, keeping her team in the game. With 15:10 off the clock in the second, Casey Quinn scored the equalizer that sent the two teams into overtime.   

The Polar Bears controlled both overtime periods, rifling off six shots in the first overtime period while allowing none from the Bantams. Finnerty finally solved the Bantam's goalie in double overtime as she pulled hard right around the goalie giving her time and space to get off a hard shot.

Fitzpatrick kept the Bantams alive with a 13 save performance, which included five saves in the first overtime period and one in the second. Gartner stopped four Trinity shots to earn the win in net for Bowdoin. 

The Polar Bears will be back in action of October 8 as they play host to Husson beginning at 7:00 PM.