Field Hockey Shuts Out Amherst in NESCAC Opener

Rachel Mann helped backstop a defense that allowed only five total shots -- including a key block on a defensive corner
Rachel Mann helped backstop a defense that allowed only five total shots -- including a key block on a defensive corner

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin field hockey team scored early goals in each half of Saturday's NESCAC opener to down visiting Amherst 3-0 on Ryan Field.

The second-ranked Polar Bears improve to 2-0 on the season, while tallying their first NESCAC victory of the year. Amherst sits at 1-1 on the season (0-1 NESCAC) after opening the season on Thursday with a win over Mount Holyoke.

Game Highlights

  • Kimmy Ganong put Bowdoin on the board 5:06 into the contest off a feed from co-captain Emily McColgan. Following the penalty corner insert, the ball kicked left to McColgan at the top of the circle for a drive. Ganong deflected the incoming ball over the Amherst defense.
  • Johna Cook doubled the Polar Bears lead two minutes later, cleaning up her own rebound on the right post for her first collegiate goal.
  • With the final seconds of the first half ticking down, Bowdoin developed a 2v1 breakaway on the right side. Amherst's Emily Horwitz dove to breakup the play at the top of the circle as time expired, holding the Polar Bears to two at the half.
  • Elizabeth Bennewitz scored in her second consecutive game, firing off a shot from the top of the circle on a corner 4:12 into the second half.
  • Bennewitz nearly added her third goal of the season midway through the half on a similar play, but connected with the left post. The ball bounced back into the circle where Elle Brine flicked a shot blocker side on Horwitz, but the senior goalie denied the bid.
  • The Polar Bears held a 16-5 shot advantage over Amherst, with a 7-3 edge in corners.
  • Horwitz made eight stops in net. Clara Belitz made three saves in 65 minutes of play for Bowdoin before Liz Rill came in to complete the shutout.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin returns to action with another NESCAC matchup, hosting Bates on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.
  • Amherst plays at Keene State on September 14 with a 6:30 p.m. start.