GORHAM, Maine -– Rachel Trafton scored a goal and added an assist as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Plymouth State University Panthers 4-2 in a Little East Conference field hockey game Tuesday.
With the win, Southern Maine snaps a six-game losing streak and improves to 5-7 overall and 2-4 in the Little East Conference.
Trafton put the Huskies ahead early with her fifth goal of the season in the fourth minute. After having her initial attempt on goal turned away, Trafton calmly collected the rebound and redirected the ball for a 1-0 USM lead. The Huskies doubled their advantage three minutes later when junior Natalie Harkins knocked in her first goal of the season in the seventh minute. The Huskies made it 3-0 before the half as Trafton fed freshman Allison Ward in the 34th minute.
In the second half, junior Stefanie Lomasney fed sophomore Peyton Dostie with a through ball for Dostie’s team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 36th minute.
Goalkeeper Kayla Kennedy made 16 saves to earn the win and Plymouth State’s (6-4, 4-2) Katylyn Hall had five.
Bowdoin 6, Bates 1
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Katie Riley exploded for four goals to carry the Bowdoin field hockey team past Bates on Tuesday evening.
The win improves the Polar Bears’ record to 7-1 (3-1 NESCAC) while the Bobcats drop to 3-5 (1-4 NESCAC) with the loss.
Bates controlled the opening five minutes of the game and struck first in the scoring. After a second corner attempt, senior Riley Kundtz dug out a loose rebound from beneath Bowdoin goalie Kayla Lessard and fired it into the back of the net at 29:44. The 1-0 lead marked the first time Bates led Bowdoin in a field hockey contest since 2006. The lead was short-lived, however, as Riley tallied her first goal of the night by flicking a loose ball out of the air and into the Bates goal at 27:28.
Both teams vied for control of the ball until Rachel Kennedy increased the lead for Bowdoin at 7:18. A shot from teammate Cathleen Smith took a hard ricochet off of Bates netminder Christina Vega’s pads and bounced right to the waiting stick of Kennedy at the center of the circle for the finish. Riley added a late goal just before the halftime break, diving to poke in a trickling ball along the goal line with 13 seconds left in the first half.
Bowdoin continued its momentum control in the second half, widening the lead less than five minutes into the frame. Kennedy tapped in a rebound at 32:22 to increase the Polar Bear lead to 4-1. Riley recorded her third goal of the net after skillfully tipping a hard shot by Olivia King from the top of the circle at 20:40. Riley capped off the scoring at 18:33, batting an airborne ball from the stick of Emily Simonton into the Bates net. Further Bowdoin efforts were stymied by Becca Otley and a great defensive save by Hannah Beinecke, who slapped a ball away as it bounced towards the back of the cage.
Vega (49:00) stood tall in net for Bates, making seven saves and allowing five goals before giving way to Otley (21:00), who turned aside four shots and allowed one goal in the remaining minutes. Lessard (64:08) was forced to make three saves and allowed one goal between the Bowdoin pipes before being relieved by Hannah Gartner, who was not forced to make a stop in the final 5:52 of play.
Tuesday’s game marked the 28th straight Bowdoin victory over Bates, dating back to 1985. The Polar Bears own the all time series against the Bobcats with a record of 32-8-3.
Bowdoin 4, St. Joseph’s 0
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Zach Danssaert and Sam White scored two goals each as the Bowdoin College men’s soccer team cruised to a 4-0 win over St. Joseph’s in a non-conference match on Tuesday.
Bowdoin (6-1-1) wasted little time getting on the board as Danssaert notched the game’s first goal just 2:20 into the contest. Eddie Jones played a sideline throw to the head of Ben Brewster, who flicked it to Danssaert, who headed it into the lower left corner for a 1-0 lead. Danssaert doubled Bowdoin’s lead in the 18th minute when he pounced on a rebound off a crossbar shot from Keifer Solarte to give the hosts a two-goal advantage. The Polar Bears made it a three-goal lead when Sam White accepted a low cross from Eddie Jones and deposited a blast into the lower left corner just three minutes later.
White capped the scoring in the second half as a Connor Keefe drive was deflected in the box. The ball came to directly to White on the back post, who rapped home a shot inside the right post at 51:43.
Bowdoin’s Will Wise was not forced to make a save in 58:18 before giving way to Ian McNamara, who stopped three shots over the final 31:42. Benner made seven saves for the Monks (4-6-2). The Polar Bears held a 21-4 advantage in shots and 8-2 edge in corner kicks.