|Date and Time:||09/27/2008, 11:00AM|
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The top-ranked Bowdoin College field hockey team scored three times in the opening period en route to a 3-1 victory over Amherst on Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bears remain unbeaten at 8-0 (4-0 NESCAC) this season. The Jeffs, who scored the first goal allowed by Bowdoin this season in the second period, dip to 3-3 (2-2 NESCAC).
A pair of reserves got the Polar Bears offense going midway through the opening period. First-year Ella Curren came off the bench and tagged a ball from the top of the circle that was redirected by Madeleine McQueeney in front to give the hosts a 1-0 lead with 16:00 remaining in the first half. Moments later, sophomore Ingrid Oelschlager beat two Amherst defenders down the middle of the field and tucked a perfectly-placed shot inside the left post, beating the diving save attempt of Amherst's Emily Vitale to make it 2-0 with 14:18 left in the frame. Leading scorer Lindsay McNamara notched her conference-leading 16th goal of the season with seven minutes left before the break to give Bowdoin a commanding halftime lead.
Amherst got one back in the second half off a penalty corner attempt. Carly Dudzik's nifty back-door feed to Haley Douds on the doorstep broke Bowdoin's shutout streak at 532:00 to open the season. The Polar Bears have outscored opponents 30-1 this year.
Emileigh Mercer made three first-half stops between the posts for Bowdoin. Emily Neilson did not make a save in her second half of work. Vitale made eight saves in defeat for Amherst.
Photos courtesy of Brian Beard and Creative Images Photography. Visit the website for Bowdoin team and action photography.