Field Hockey 2015: Bowdoin College

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Re: Field Hockey 2015: Bowdoin College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:16 am

Field Hockey Tops Ursinus and Advances to Third Straight National Championship

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Bowdoin field hockey team defeated Ursinus 4-2 in the NCAA semifinals Saturday afternoon to punch their third consecutive ticket to the national championship game.

The top-ranked Polar Bears improve to 21-0 on the season while eliminating Ursinus (19-4). The last time the two teams met was in the 2008 NCAA semifinals, with the Polar Bears taking a 3-2 victory.

Bowdoin will battle conference rival Middlebury for the NCAA Division III Championship on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Polar Bears won the championship in 2013 (1-0 vs. Salisbury) and lost in the final in 2014 (2-0 vs. TCNJ).

How It Happened

The Polar Bears broke through with just under ten to play in the opening half, converting on a penalty corner. Mettler Growney inserted up to Emily McColgan who drew the fly before slipping a pass towards the center of the circle where Kelsey Mullaney waited for a feed. Mullaney teed up a drive from five feet inside the circle and put Bowdoin on the board at 9:29.
A goal from Nicole Barbieri with 4:26 remaining in the first half doubled Bowdoin's lead. Rachel Kennedy started the play as she worked the ball down the center of the field and broke through a pair of defenders, drawing Danielle DeSpirito towards stroke, and dished a pass right to Barbieri. Barbieri capitalized on her open look and gave the Polar Bears a 2-0 lead.
After facing increased pressure from Ursinus to open the second half, Bowdoin added a third goal 11:15 into the frame. Mullaney took a direct shot off the corner insert, with DeSpirito making a save, but Kennedy waited on the doorstep to put away the rebound.
Following a Bowdoin green card, the Bears earned a corner but were unable to convert as Kim Kahnweiler blocked the direct shot from Megan Keenan.
Ursinus eventually broke through with deflection goal from Ann Kopera. Following a corner, the ball got popped up as it cross the goal face, where Kopera waited on the right post to connect with the airborne ball.
Bowdoin regained its three goal lead off another Kennedy score with ten minutes remaining. Following the corner insert, McColgan passed to Mullaney who took another shot from the top. Kennedy waited a few steps up from the left post and deflected the drive into Ursinus' net for the team's fourth.
Ursinus tallied one final goal with under five minutes remaining in the game off a solo effort from Amber Steigerwalt. The junior split a pair of Bowdoin defenders coming down the right side into the circle and swept a shot to the opposite post.
Bowdoin outshot Ursinus 21-12 with a 13-8 edge in penalty corners. DeSpirito made six saves while Clara Belitz made seven saves for the Polar Bears.
Up Next

Bowdoin advances to its third consecutive NCAA Championship game tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. against familiar foe Middlebury
The Polar Bears and Panthers have played twice already this season with Bowdoin winning the regular season meeting and the NESCAC final both by 2-1 scores
It will be the second time the teams have met in the NCAA Championship, with Bowdoin completing a perfect season in a 4-3 triumph over Middlebury in 2007 title match

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Re: Field Hockey 2015: Bowdoin College

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:31 am

Middlebury Edges Bowdoin 1-0 For NCAA Field Hockey Championship

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Bowdoin field hockey team suffered its first loss of the season to Middlebury in the NCAA Division III Championship as the Polar Bears were shut out for the only time this season in a 1-0 decision on the campus of Washington & Lee University.

The Polar Bears end 2015 with a 21-1 record, while the Panthers earn their first NCAA title since 1998 at 20-2. Bowdoin defeated Middlebury twice prior to Sunday's final with the Polar Bears earning two 2-1 wins in the regular season and NESCAC Championship.

How It Happened

While Middlebury had the first corner of the game, it was Bowdoin who had the first promising scoring opportunity of the contest. Rachel Kennedy carried down the right side, cutting through the Panthers' defense, and fed Kimmy Ganong with a centering pass inside the circle. Ganong's sweep disappeared wide of the net
Ganong had another opportunity, this time saved by Emily Miller, as Mettler Growney fed her classmate in the circle
The Panthers took the lead with under ten minutes remaining in the first half off a successful one-on-one opportunity by Grace Jennings. Following a feed from the right side into Bowdoin's circle, Jennings collected the ball off a Bowdoin defender and turned on goaltender Clara Belitz uncontested. Belitz dropped to slide tackle the incoming offender, but Jennings avoided the goalie's pads and found the corner of the cage
The second half opened with Middlebury pressure, including a promising scoring opportunity six minutes into play as Jennings carried down the left side. The first-year fed Annie Leondard who waited on pads, but the backhander went wide
Leonard had another opportunity on the penalty corner one minute later, redirecting a shot from the right side, but Belitz made the kick save to deny.
The Panthers continued to earn penalty corners and promising looks, but the Polar Bears defense continued to hold, benefiting from a clear by Emma Olney and blocker save by Belitz.
Despite several corner opportunities for the Polar Bears, all Bowdoin's shots were blocked by the Middlebury defense.
Bowdoin's best chance to tie came with nine minutes remaining as Liz Znamierowski watched her shot clink off the post before Lauren Berestecky cleared the ball over the sideline for Middlebury.
Belitz ended the day with three saves, while the Polar Bears outshot Middlebury by a slight 17-14 margin. Miller made six stops and was aided by a defensive save from Jillian Green. Middlebury held a 9-5 edge in penalty corners over the Polar Bears.
All-Tournament Team

Kennedy, Belitz and Kim Kahnweiler were recognized as selections to the NCAA All-Tournament team

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