Top-Ranked Field Hockey Starts Season with Shutout Victory

Alexa Baumgartner scored Bowdoin's first goal of the 2014 season. The Polar Bears went on to win 3-0 over Wesleyan
Alexa Baumgartner scored Bowdoin's first goal of the 2014 season. The Polar Bears went on to win 3-0 over Wesleyan

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Bowdoin field hockey team opened the 2014 season with a 3-0 shutout win over Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.
 
The top-ranked Polar Bears begin the season with a 1-0 (1-0 NESCAC) mark, as Wesleyan drops to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in NESCAC play. Bowdoin improves to 29-9 all-time against the Cardinals.
 
Alexa Baumgartner put Bowdoin on the board only 2:55 into the contest. Inserting on the corner, Kimmy Ganong connected with Baumgartner on the circle who ripped a straight shot to the opposite corner for the Polar Bears' first goal of the season. Bowdoin scored on another corner opportunity in the 13th minute, with Colleen Finnerty driving home a straight shot from the top of the circle to take the 2-0 lead. Bowdoin allowed only two shots in the opening half of play, neither of which required Bowdoin goalie Hannah Gartner to make a save, while getting off 11 shots of their own.
 
The Polar Bears tacked on one final goal in the second half, coming off the stick of Rachel Kennedy. Kennedy received the ball from Finnerty before making a quick move to beat her defender and place a hard shot directly in the corner of Wesleyan's net.
 
Bowdoin ultimately outshot the Cardinals by a 19-5 margin. Wesleyan goalie Sara Grundy stopped five shots for the home team, while Gartner made two save in net for the Polar Bears. Two of Bowdoin's three goals came off of offensive penalty corners, with the Polar Bears earning eight total corners to Wesleyan's three.
 
The Polar Bears return to Brunswick for their home-opener on Saturday morning against Amherst, with the game beginning at 11:00 a.m.