BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin field hockey team used a balanced offensive attack to down Hamilton 6-0 on a cold and wet Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the 2014 NESCAC Tournament.
The second-ranked Polar Bears (15-1) will host the NESCAC semifinals and championship next weekend at Ryan Field. Bowdoin will face Tufts in one semifinal match at 11:00 a.m. Saturday while Middlebury will play Trinity at 1:30 p.m. The winners will play on Sunday at noon in the NESCAC championship match. There will be no admission for any of the three contests next weekend.
The Continentals see their season come to an end at 6-10 overall after receiving the eighth place seed in the NESCAC following a tie-breaker between themselves, Wesleyan, and Connecticut College.
Rachel Kennedy continued her current scoring trend by putting the Polar Bears ahead 1-0 less than one minute into the day's contest. Making a move to collect the ball on Hamilton's stroke line, Kennedy flipped a shot over a diving Victoria Trentini for the early lead. The Polar Bears went up 2-0 off another Kennedy goal at close range after Adrienne O'Donnell worked the ball the length of the sideline and cut low towards net. Receiving the pass, once again sitting dead center in the circle, Kennedy lost her defender with a quick spin move and flick that slipped between Trentini's legs. Just three minutes later O'Donnell picked up her first goal of the night coming straight down the field and drawing the goalie out, before pulling right and pushing home a solid shot on the run. Bowdoin's offense continued to the pressure the Continentals as Mettler Growney carried the ball into Hamilton's circle before Kimmy Ganong would step in and one-time it for the fourth goal of the half. The Continentals closed out the final few minutes of play with increased attack in the Polar Bears's circle. Casey Brown took and shot that forced a save by Hannah Gartner, quickly followed by a corner opportunity for the Continentals.
Hamilton came out hard in the second half, earning their third penalty corner of the game nine minutes into the frame. Margaret Revera took a clean look at net and placed a perfectly aimed ball towards an open left corner of the cage, but Bowdoin's Kelsey Mullaney came up with the defensive save to keep Hamilton off the board. Bowdoin's offense continue to produce in the second half, netting a pair of goals in the final 35 minutes of play. O'Donnell tallied her second of the game with a perfectly time reverse stick chip from the right side off a pass from Emily Simonton. Pam Herter rounded out the day's scoring as she finished off a crossed pass from Liz Znamierowski who worked the ball of the length of the right side before connecting with Herter on the opposite post. Alyson Skelly came up big for Hamilton following another Herter shot in the final two minutes, sweeping the ball away just inches in front of the goal line.
Bowdoin outshot the Continentals by a 13-2 overall margin, while Hamilton held a 4-2 edge in penalty corners. Gartner made one stop for the Polar Bears as Trentini stopped five shots on the opposite end.
Bowdoin will host the NESCAC semifinals and final next weekend at Ryan Field. The Polar Bears open Saturday with an 11:00 a.m. game against Tufts. Middlebury and Trinity faceoff at 1:30 p.m. in the second pairing.