BRUNSWICK, Maine – Kara Finnerty scored with three minutes remaining in overtime to lift the Bowdoin field hockey team to a season-opening 2-1 win against the University of New England on Wednesday evening.
The Polar Bears (1-0) took the one goal lead late in the first half, but the Nor'Easters (0-2) forced overtime with a goal in the final five minutes of regulation.
- Elizabeth Growney put the Polar Bears on the board with 6:26 remaining in the first half. Manveer Sandhu put the ball on net and forced Liz Sargent to make a save, but the keeper lost track of the rebound and Growney put Bowdoin ahead.
- The Nor'Easters flipped the script in the second with seven penalty corners against the Polar Bears. UNE finally converted as Kersey Boulay received the insert and carried right before dishing back to Reanne Boulay who blasted a shot through the defense with 4:06 remaining.
- Kendra McDonald gave the Nor'Easters a promising look in overtime as she outpaced her defenders and faced Maddie Ferrucci at full speed. McDonald carried left, but Ferruci sprawled to turn away the bid.
- Sandhu answered the breakaway attempt with one of her own, weaving through three defenders before a clean one-on-goal opportunity. Sandhu carried low to the right and fired a shot that Sargent stopped point blank.
- The Polar Bears earned the win with 3:05 left in the first overtime. Abby Bashaw swept a centering pass inside the stroke where Finnerty finished with a reverse sweep to the far corner.
By the Numbers
- Bowdoin held a 20-12 edge in shots, with an 11-3 edge in the first half. UNE outshot the Polar Bears in the second, but the hosts regained the advantage in overtime.
- UNE earned eight penalty corners to Bowdoin's seven which all came in the first half.
- Sargent ended the day with 10 saves, while Ferrucci made seven.
- Bowdoin opens conference play on Saturday as the Polar Bears play host to Amherst at 11:00 a.m.
- UNE heads to MIT on Saturday.