Field Hockey Coasts Over Colby, Clinches Home NESCAC Quarterfinal

Juliana Fiore scored a pair of goals in Bowdoin's win at Colby
Juliana Fiore scored a pair of goals in Bowdoin's win at Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine - Bowdoin first-year Juliana Fiore scored a pair of goals as the Polar Bear field hockey team clinched a home NESCAC Quarterfinal in a 4-1 win at Colby on Saturday.

With the victory, the Polar Bears (13-1, 8-1 NESCAC) are assured of a home game on Saturday, November 1. With a win in their regular-season finale vs. Tufts at Ryan Field on Wednesday, Bowdoin can clinch the top seed and hosting rights for the NESCAC Championship. Colby, who has already secured the seventh seed, falls to 8-6 (3-6 NESCAC). Bowdoin has won ten straight meetings with Colby and improves to 33-11-2 all-time vs. the Mules.

Fiore scored the first of her two goals off a penalty corner at 26:46 of the opening half to give Bowdoin the lead for good. The Polar Bears won a battle for the ball in front, with Kennedy pushing the ball to Fiore for the goal. Just four minutes before intermission, Kennedy used her stick-handling to make it 2-0. Coming in on goal alone on the right side, she was able to get past Colby goaltender Sarah Evans and flick the ball into the cage for her 22nd goal of the season.

Fiore scored her second of the game at 45:26 when she one-timed a pass from Kelsey Mullaney on a play that started off a corner. The Mules bounced back quickly and made it 3-1 at 47:11 when McKayla Blanch scored her seventh of the season after she took a short pass from Megan Fortier and scored in front.

Bowdoin put the contest out of reach with its third goal off a penalty corner with 7:13 to go. Mettler Growney took the corner and pushed the ball to Adrienne O'Donnell, who ripped a shot that deflected off a Colby defender and into the goal. Bowdoin keeper Hannah Gartner made four saves in the win.

The Polar Bears had a 31-8 shot advantage and a 16-3 margin in penalty corners.