Finnerty and Kennedy Each Score Three as Field Hockey Topples Camels

Colleen Finnerty tallied three goals, all off corners, as Bowdoin defeated Connecticut College 9-1
Colleen Finnerty tallied three goals, all off corners, as Bowdoin defeated Connecticut College 9-1

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Colleen Finnerty and Rachel Kennedy each netted hat tricks as the Bowdoin field hockey team collected a commanding 9-1 win over visiting Connecticut College.

The Polar Bears, currently ranked second in the country, improve to 11-1 (7-1 NESCAC) after downing the Camels (5-8, 1-7 NESCAC) on Saturday afternoon.

Kennedy continued to add to her season total with back-to-back goals in the opening ten minutes. Kennedy took a feed from Emily Simonton for a quick sweep just 1:23 into the contest, and doubled Bowdoin's lead in the eighth minute with an unassisted tally. Finnerty scored the first of her three goals on a successfully executed corner at 14:38, with assists to Kim Kahnweiler and Kimmy Ganong on the insert and stick stop. Ganong kept her scoring streak alive with a goal of her own less than five minutes later, getting a quick redirect off an off-balance shot from Mettler Growney. Kennedy completed her opening half trifecta with another unassisted goal 22 minutes in.

Finnerty completed her hat trick with a pair of straight drives in the beginning of the second half. Her first goal came under eight minutes into the frame and she collected her second just six minutes later. Kahnweiler earned assists on both goals. Pam Herter put away Bowdoin's eighth of the game off a Liz Znamierowski assist and Juliana Fiore capped the Polar Bears scoring with her first collegiate goal in the 60th minute. As time expired, the Camels earned one final penalty corner and set up on the circle with zeros on the clock. Collecting a hard insert from the left side, Heidi Halsted made a move at the top of the circle to beat her defender and rocketed a shot to the corner to spoil the shutout on the game's final play.

Bowdoin outshot the Camels 26-4 and held a 12-3 edge in penalty corners. Hannah Gartner started in net for the Polar Bears and made three stops before Liz Rill came in for the final 9:39 and faced down that successful Connecticut corner. Ryley Van der Velde started in goal on the opposite end and made eight saves for the Camels. Jenny Barrack closed out the game with one save.

Bowdoin returns to Ryan Field on Tuesday evening for a 5:00 p.m. matchup against Rhodes College. The Camels travel to Trinity on October 25 for an 11:00 a.m. contest.