GORHAM, Maine – Three different players scored as the ninth-ranked Bowdoin College Polar Bears defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 3-0 in a non-conference field hockey game Tuesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
Senior Emma Stevens (Darien, Conn./Westminster School), sophomore Manveer Sandhu (Mount Kisco, N.Y./Greenwich Academy), and senior Kara Finnerty (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored in order in the first, third and fourth quarter. Finnerty also had an assist on the first goal.
With the win, the nationally-ranked Polar Bears bounce back from a 1-0 loss to No. 1 Middlebury College and improve their record to 4-1. Southern Maine suffers its fourth consecutive loss to stand at 2-5 on the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Bowdoin dominated game keeping the ball in their offensive third for nearly the entire contest. The Polar Bears broke through for their first goal of the game in the 10th minute when Finnerty sent a through ball onto the stick of Stevens for a 1-0 lead. However, the score would remain 1-0 through the first half as USM sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Pych (West Milfrod, N.J./Morristown-Beard) made 11 of her career-high 24 saves in the first half.
Despite consistent pressure, Bowdoin did not score again until the 41st minute, and the 57th for the 3-0 final. Both Sandhu and Finnerty's goals came off of rebounded saves in the circle.
INSIDE THE STATS:
Bowdoin outshot the Huskies 41-0 and had a 22-0 lead in penalty corners to test the Huskies for a full 60 minutes. Pych's 24 saves easily beat out her previous best mark of 11 – a total she has reached on five separate occasions. Bowdoin goalkeeper Maddie Ferrucci earned her second win of the season. She did not make a save in the shutout.
Southern Maine hosts Eastern Connecticut State on Friday (5:30 pm) in the Huskies' Little East Conference opener.