BRUNSWICK, Maine- Rachel Kennedy scored four goals, matching her career-high, as the Bowdoin field hockey team rolled visiting Rhodes (Tenn.) College 7-1 on a rainy Tuesday evening at Ryan Field.
The second-ranked Polar Bears (12-1) continue to put up impressive offensive numbers, now outscoring their opponents 37-2 over their last six games. Rhodes (10-3) came to Brunswick with the nation's second-best save percentage (.875) and third-best goals against average (0.67).
The Lynx took an early lead in the opening half, capitalizing on a pair of back-to-back corners that kept Bowdoin on its heels. Fielding the initial insert, Kate Taylor dished a pass to her left and continued forward into the circle as she recollected the ball and pushed a shot on net. Julie Hertzman swept at the ball as it passed, providing a bit of speed and directional change, and watched as her shot crashed into the right corner of the boards.
Trailing 1-0, the Polar Bears kicked up their offensive pressure and scored three times in three minutes to answer the Lynx. Kennedy put home a pair of rebounds at 13:08 and 15:59 while Kimmy Ganong finished off a Colleen Finnerty feed with a one-time sweep at the left post in the 14th minute. Ganong tagged her second of the game to give Bowdoin the 4-1 at 21:37, before earning the assist on an Adrienne O'Donnell goal with five minutes remaining before the break.
Kennedy lined up to take Bowdoin's penalty stroke just over three minutes into the second half and bested Rhodes' Laura Eckelkamp with a shot the slipped inside the post but beyond the reach of her blocker. Bowdoin's final goal of the game came, once again, off the stick of Kennedy. Ten minutes after converting on her stroke, Kennedy took the ball at midfield following a diving pass from Kimmy Ganong between a pair of Rhodes defenders. After beating one final Lynx player, Kennedy drew Eckelkamp's attention and pulled right to beat the keeper and deposit Bowdoin's seventh and final goal.
Erin Bailey played the opening half for Rhodes, collecting seven saves, with Eckelkamp coming in for the second half and stopping ten shots. Hannah Gartner played all 70 minutes for Bowdoin, as the Polar Bears outshot the visitors 34-4. The Polar Bears held a slight edge in penalty corners (9-6), while the Lynx defense combined for 19 saves. Morgan Woodrow came up with a pair of defensive saves, one in each half, denying a pair of Kennedy shots.
The Lynx return south for a conference matchup against Hendrix on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. The Polar Bears head north to Waterville for a 12:00 p.m. game at Colby the same day.