BRUNSWICK, Maine – Kimmy Ganong supplied the Bowdoin field hockey team with all the offense the Polar Bears needed to stay perfect and defeat visiting Wellesley 1-0 on Wednesday evening.
The second ranked Polar Bears kept their impressive home win streak alive and improved to 6-0 on the season by handing tenth ranked and previously undefeated Wellesley (9-1) their first loss of the 2014 season.
Bowdoin controlled the opening half of play, outshooting the Blue 10-2, and earning a 4-2 edge in corners. Ganong capitalized on the Polar Bears sustained offensive pressure in the 20th minute after carrying the ball through the midfield. Ganong passed to her left and connected with Emily Simonton on the top of the circle, whose through-pass rolled over the stroke line where Ganong stepped into her sweep to one-touch the ball to the left corner.
The Blue came out hard in the second half and looked to even the score on numerous occasions. Wellesley kept the ball in Bowdoin's defensive end with quick free hits and sustained pressure in the circle. Just over twenty minutes into the half, the Blue earned a penalty corner and looked to capitalize. Wellesley's insert went to the top before the ball was dished left to Lallie Lukens for a big shot which Hannah Gartner knocked away with her left blocker. On Wellesley's fourth corner of the half, the Blue had Gartner beat with a shot by Nikkie Sharki but Kelsey Mullaney came up big with a defensive save on the goal line to preserve the shutout. Wellesley managed four quality looks on net in the second half, as well as earning five corners, but were unable to best Bowdoin's defense.
Wellesley goalie Lucy Hurlock and Bowdoin's Gartner each made five saves in the contest, playing all 70 minutes. Bowdoin outshot the Blue 14-6 overall, but Wellesley's offense kept the Polar Bears on their heels and earned a 7-6 edge in corners.
Bowdoin returns to conference action with an 11:00 a.m. game at home against Trinity on Saturday. The Blue host Smith College at noon on October 4.