BRUNSWICK, Maine – Rachel Kennedy supplied the Bowdoin field hockey team with a pair of goals as the Polar Bears downed visiting Amherst 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
The top-ranked Polar Bears collected their second win of the season to improve to 2-0 (2-0 NESCAC), while dropping the 12th-ranked Jeffs to 2-2 (1-2 NESCAC). Bowdoin has now taken six of the last seven meetings between the two teams and avenges one of its three losses suffered en route to the national title in 2013.
Kennedy put Bowdoin on the board with 2:12 remaining in the first half, finally burying the Polar Bears eighth shot of the game. Receiving a feed just inside the 25, Kennedy broke through a pair of Amherst defenders to earn a one-on-one with Jeffs' goalie Rachel Tannenbaum. The junior forward slipped a quick shot to the left corner to put Bowdoin on top 1-0. The Polar Bears held a 3-0 edge in corners for the first half, as well as an 8-3 shot advantage.
Bowdoin doubled its lead 36 seconds into the second half, with Kennedy muscling a shot through Tannenbaum from the doorstep. Working the ball from just outside the 25 into the circle, Kennedy slipped a shot through that was cleared wide right with the rebound collected by Adrienne O'Donnell. O'Donnell centered to Kennedy waiting on the stroke line, who bounced a shot to the opposite post for the 2-0 lead.
Amherst fought back, earning a penalty corner with five minutes remaining, forcing Bowdoin goalie Hannah Gartner to make a diving save to the left post. With Gartner out of the play, Amherst was awarded a penalty stroke following a foul in front of the goal line. Caroline Fiore capitalized on her opportunity with a low shot to the right corner, pulling Amherst within one, 2-1. The Polar Bears held on through the remaining minutes of play, with Gartner making a pair of key saves to preserve Bowdoin's lead.
Bowdoin outshot the vising Jeffs 11-7 overall, with both teams earning three penalty corners. Gartner stopped six shots overall for the Polar Bears, with Tannenbaum blocking three before Emily Horwitz came in tomake one save of her own.
The Polar Bears host Bates on Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM in their third NESCAC game of the season.