BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College field hockey team scored twice in the final 13 minutes to pull away from the University of New England in a 3-1 victory in their season debut on Wednesday night at Ryan Field.
The second-ranked Polar Bears improve to 1-0 on the year and deal the Nor'easters (2-1) their first loss of the season.
- Bowdoin took the early advantage when Elizabeth Bennewitz scored her first career goal just 4:56 into the contest off a hard drive following a penalty corner
- The Polar Bears continued to pressure, posting a 9-1 edge in shots in the opening period, but could not add to their lead
- The Nor'easters scored on their lone shot of the half, following a scramble in front of the goal that Vonde Saunders deflected into the cage, knotting the contest heading into halftime
- The teams traded possessions for most of the second half until a late push by Bowdoin resulted in a foul in the circle against UNE as the officials awarded a penalty stroke to the Polar Bears
- Juliana Fiore deposited the ensuing stroke into the net, giving Bowdoin a 2-1 lead with 12:08 to play
- Bowdoin continued to pressure the UNE defense and gained consecutive penalty corners late in the period
- First-year Kara Finnerty redirected a Bennewitz drive into the net with 1:36 remaining to put the contest on ice
- The Polar Bears held a 19-1 edge in shots and 12-0 lead in penalty corners
- UNE goaltender Holly Smith made eight saves in the loss
- Bowdoin will return to action Saturday at home against Amherst at 11:00 a.m.
- UNE will battle MIT in Cambridge, Mass. on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.