2016 Little East Conference Finalist

No. 4 Bowdoin Fends Off Southern Maine 4-2

Kaplan tallied a pair of goals against Bowdoin
Kaplan tallied a pair of goals against Bowdoin
BRUNSWICK,  Maine – The fourth-ranked Bowdoin College Polar Bears overcame an early 1-0 deficit to fend off a feisty University of Southern Maine Huskies team and earn a 4-2 non-conference field hockey win Tuesday night at Ryan Field in Brunswick, Maine.

         With the win, Bowdoin, the defending National Champion, improves to 3-0.  The loss stops a four-game win-streak for the Huskies and drops their record to 4-4 overall. 

         Despite holding a significant advantage in shots and penalty corners, Bowdoin trailed the Huskies early in the first half as sophomore forward Ariel Kaplan (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) record the first USM goal against Bowdoin College since the 2003 season. 

         With Bowdoin dominating the play and pouring the shots on the Huskies, Kaplan broke away up field and scored her third goal of the season in the 17th minute when she redirected a pass from freshman forward Becka Sarson (York, Maine). 

         Bowdoin quickly responded with a goal just 34 seconds later when junior forward Cathleen Smith (Larchmont, N.Y.) put home a rebound for the first of her two goals of the game.  Smith gave her team a 2-1 lead at 21:31 when she finished an assist from senior forward Emily French (Wenham, Mass.). 

         Bowdoin increased its lead to 3-1 in the 49th minute on a goal from senior midfielder Ella Curren (Roxbury, Conn.) following a penalty corner.  Curren's goal proved decisive as Southern Maine responded in short order with Kaplan's second goal of the game and team-leading fourth of the season just 24 seconds later for a 3-2 Bowdoin advantage. 

         The Polar Bears added an insurance goal at 54:15 for a two-goal lead, 4-2, which stood through the remainder of the game.

         Southern Maine sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Kennedy (Windham, Maine) was outstanding in net for the Huskies, making 17 saves.  Bowdoin junior goalkeeper Kayla Lessard  (Enfield, Conn.) did not make a save in the win. USM freshman back Eryn Nelson (Old Town, Maine) made three defensive saves. 

         Southern Maine travels to St. Joseph's College (Maine) on Thursday (3:30 p.m.).  Bowdoin College hosts Middlebury College on Saturday (11:00 a.m.). 

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