Field Hockey Takes On Tufts Saturday in NESCAC Quarterfinals

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College field hockey team is seeded seventh and will head to Tufts for a rematch of the regular season finale in the opening round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday.

The Polar Bears and Jumbos will play beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Medford with the winner advancing to next Saturday's semifinal round at the highest remaining seed.

The Polar Bears (9-6, 5-5 NESCAC), who own a league-best eight NESCAC Championships, finished in a tie with Amherst, Bates and Trinity as all four teams finished with 5-5 conference records. In head-to-head competition, Trinity went 3-0, while Amherst, Bates and Bowdoin went 1-2, giving the Bantams the No. 5 seed. Amherst, Bates and Bowdoin went 1-1 against each other in head-to-head competition. In comparing results against the top four teams (Middlebury, Tufts, Williams and Hamilton), Amherst went 2-2 and Bates and Bowdoin went 1-3, putting the Mammoths as the sixth seed. In head-to-head competition, Bowdoin defeated Bates to earn the No. 7 seed. 

Tufts (11-4, 8-2 NESCAC), the defending NESCAC Champion, makes its 15th straight postseason appearance and is the No. 2 seed. The Jumbos are the second seed for the fifth time overall and first since 2013. Tufts is the only team in the NESCAC with a goals against average under 1.00 at 0.72, having surrendered 11 goals on the year. If the Jumbos are to win back-to-back NESCAC titles, they will have to get past No. 7 Bowdoin for the second time in four days. The two teams met in the regular-season finale on Wednesday as the Jumbos posted a 3-0 victory to snap Bowdoin's three-game win streak.

Complete coverage of Saturday's match can be found at GoUBears.com