Riley Ties NESCAC Record as Field Hockey Drops Trinity in Quarterfinals

Katie Riley's four goals tied the NESCAC Tournament record
Katie Riley's four goals tied the NESCAC Tournament record

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Katie Riley tied the NESCAC Tournament record with four goals as the Bowdoin field hockey team overwhelmed Trinity 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament on Saturday at Ryan Field.

Riley's four goals tied the mark set by Middlebury's Lauren Greer last year and is the most-ever by a Bowdoin player in NESCAC Championship play.

With the win, the third-seeded Polar Bears (13-2) advance to the NESCAC semifinals for the ninth consecutive season and improve their all-time record in tournament play to 24-6. They will battle second-seeded Tufts next Saturday at Amherst, in a rematch of a game played just four days ago in Medford, won by the Jumbos 1-0. Sixth-seeded Trinity ends its season with a record of 8-7.

Riley and the Polar Bears took just 1:39 to get the game's first goal as she put home a rebound to give Bowdoin a very early lead. Less than eight minutes later, Rachel Kennedy stole a ball at midfield and carried it into the Trinity zone, centering a pass to Riley, who finished it off for a 2-0 lead at the Polar Bears would carry into halftime.

Bowdoin put the contest out of reach with a four-goal surge in the second period. Riley scored the first two goals of the second half as well, accepting another pass from Kennedy and scoring 1:38 into the half. Riley then knocked home a Colleen Finnerty shot that hit the post at 41:35. Finnerty put home a penalty corner for Bowdoin at 51:25 before Pam Herter rounded out the Bowdoin scoring, making it 6-0, at 57:16.

Trinity was able to get a late goal from Sophie Doering with 7:30 remaining, off an assist from Sarah Duncan, to close out the contest.

Hannah Gartner made two saves in 60:45 of work for Bowdoin. Clara Belitz played the final 9:15 in net for the Polar Bears. Trinity's Sophie Fitzpatrick played 58:24, making seven saves and permitting all six Bowdoin goals, before Anne Scalambrino came in to play the final 11:36.