BRUNSWICK, Maine - Kelcie Finn scored three minutes into overtime as the Bantams collected a 1-0 shutout victory over the Bowdoin field hockey on Saturday afternoon, handing the defending national champions their first loss of the season.
The second-ranked Polar Bears suffer their first loss of the season, and first home setback since 2010, and fall to 6-1 (4-1, NESCAC). The Bantams improve to 7-2 and 4-1 in NESCAC action.
Despite outshooting the visitors 11-3 in the opening half, Bowdoin was unable to get the ball beyond Trinity goalie Sophie Fitzpatrick. The Polar Bears earned eight penalty corners in the first 35 minutes, with Trinity's defense coming up with the stop every time. Fitzpatrick came up with seven saves to keep the game scoreless at the half, while Bowdoin's Hannah Gartner made the stop on all three shots Trinity fired off.
The two teams continued to battle in the second half, as Bowdoin continued to outshoot the Bantams but miss by inches with every opportunity. Fitzpatrick came up with a huge stop in the tenth minute of play, as Kimmy Ganong connected with the ball midair and at point blank range. The Trinity keeper responded with a quick blocker save to push aside Ganong's bid. Bowdoin continued to apply offensive pressure, but the Batams' defense came to the aid of their goalie with a pair of defensive saves by Catherine Read and Sophie Doering to keep the game even. As the visitors worked the ball into Bowdoin's defensive end, Gartner made four more saves to preserve the scoreless battle.
Trinity earned the first and only corner of the overtime period just two minutes into the frame, with Doering seeing her shot blocked by the defense. After clearing the ball out of their own defensive end, Bowdoin looked to swing momentum in the midfield but the ball was picked off by Finn and she quickly turned back towards Bowdoin's circle. As Gartner slid to defend a charging Finn, the forward made a pull to her right and beyond the reach of the prone goalie before slipping an open shot into the back of Bowdoin's net.
Bowdoin outshot Trinity by a 30-11 mark and held a 16-4 edge in corners. Fitzpatrick turned away 14 shots for the Bantams, with Gartner making six on the opposite end.
Bowdoin begins its four game road stretch with a trip to Husson University for a 7:00 p.m. game next Wednesday.