BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin field hockey team suffered its first loss of the season, falling 1-0 to top-ranked Middlebury on Saturday afternoon.
The ninth-ranked Polar Bears are 3-1 (2-1 NESCAC), while the Panthers remain perfect at 4-0 (2-0 NESCAC).
- Bowdoin and Middlebury played an even first quarter, with the Panthers holding a slight 4-3 edge in shots while the Polar Bears had a 2-1 corner advantage.
- Corners skewed in favor of Middlebury in the second by a 3-1 margin.
- Promising scoring chances cropped up in the second half of play as Katie George intercepted a pass around Bowdoin's 25 and came towards net on a breakaway. Maddie Ferrucci met George with a slide tackle to suffocate the bid.
- Just 32 seconds into the final quarter, George converted on a broken penalty corner. The Panthers executed their corner, but the ball ended up in a scrum to the right of stroke. George ultimately tracked down the ball and sent it through traffic into the cage.
- Abby Bashaw looked for an equalizer with less than two minutes remaining, breaking away up the middle. Olivia Green laid down a block tackle at the top of the circle to deny the shot on net.
By the Numbers
- Grace Harlan made a pair of saves in net for the Panthers.
- Ferrucci had six stops for Bowdoin.
- Middlebury held a 13-6 edge in shots and 9-3 corner advantage.
- The Polar Bears play at USM on Tuesday with a 4:00 p.m. start.
- Middlebury plays at Babson on Sunday at noon.