Swain's Late Goal Salvages Polar Bear Tie at Bates

Swain's Late Goal Salvages Polar Bear Tie at Bates

LEWISTON, Maine - Bowdoin's Celeste Swain scored with 1:53 left  in regulation as the Polar Bears played to a 2-2 deadlock at Bates on Wednesday afternoon. Bowdoin (1-1-1, 0-1-1 NESCAC) had won five straight against the Bobcats entering today's game and is now unbeaten in their last six against Bates (0-1-1, 0-1-1 NESCAC) dating back to 2005.

The Bobcats led 1-0 after 13 minutes, as senior Tina Tobin followed up a missed scoring chance by converting one shortly after, getting an entry pass into the box from first-year Dakota Donovan and squeezing it between the near post and Bowdoin sophomore goalie Louise Johnson. Bowdoin responded by putting on its best offensive surge of the game, threatening several times to score on corner kick plays, only to have Bates senior goalie Annie Burns knock them away. The Polar Bears cashed in in the 23rd minute, as Swain's corner kick was headed in by junior Toni DaCampo, evening the game at 1-1. Bates outshot Bowdoin by a 19-8 margin in the first half, with Johnson collecting nine saves by the break.

Bates reclaimed the lead in the 52nd minute when a short cross by Tobin was redirected into the Bowdoin net by Donovan for a 2-1 lead, and Donovan's first career goal. Bates failed to increase their lead for the remainder of the second half and with 1:53 left, Ellery Gould's cross into the box was batted around until Swain got a foot on it and poked it past Burns, shocking the Bobcats.

Bowdoin outshot Bates over the two overtime periods, 5-4, and nearly scored the game-winner in the final second of the first overtime, when Kaley Nelson ran into a clear shot from 15 yards out that was deflected over the post by Burns. Burns was forced to make four saves in extra time to just one by Johnson. Johnson finished with 18 saves for Bowdoin, while Burns made 11 for Bates.