Growney Goal Lifts Polar Bears Past Williams

Elizabeth Growney finished off a feed from Kara Finnerty to give Bowdoin a key 1-0 victory
Elizabeth Growney finished off a feed from Kara Finnerty to give Bowdoin a key 1-0 victory

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Elizabeth Growney scored less than a minute into the fourth quarter to lift the Bowdoin field hockey team to 1-0 win over visiting Williams on Saturday afternoon.

The fourth-ranked Polar Bears and seventh-ranked Ephs came into the contest with identical 7-1 marks in NESCAC play. Bowdoin jumps to 13-1 (8-1 NESCAC) while handing Williams (11-2, 7-2 NESCAC) its second setback of the season.

Game Highlights

  • Bowdoin controlled the opening quarter, taking four shots and earning a pair of corners while allowing no opportunities to Williams.
  • The teams played a back and forth midfield battle in the second, with the Ephs recording the only shot of the frame.
  • Williams applied significant pressure in the third, pinning the Polar Bears in their defensive zone for the majority of the quarter. The Ephs tallied three shots and four corners while denying the Polar Bears any looks.
  • With under two minutes remaining in the third, Maddie Ferrucci made a sprawling save to her right post to deny Emma Ticknor.
  • Growney came up with the game-winning goal just 41 seconds in the final quarter. Kara Finnerty carried deep into the left corner of Williams territory and sent a long cross to the far post where Growney deflected the ball in.
  • Ferrucci preserved the lead with another sprawling play with under a minute remaining. Ticknor carried in from the low left side and crossed to Claire Fitzpatrick at the far post. Ferrucci laid out to simultaneously cut off the pass and stop Fitzpatrick.

By the Numbers

  • Williams held a slight 7-6 edge in shots and 4-2 corner advantage.
  • Ferrucci ended the day with five saves and the shutout.
  • Abby Lloyd made four stops for Williams.

Up Next

  • The Polar Bears travel to Medford on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. clash with Tufts.
  • The Ephs remain in Maine for a Sunday matchup at UNE on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.