WATERVILLE, Maine — Colby College gave top-ranked Bowdoin College all it could handle for the opening half, but the Polar Bears took control in the final 35 minutes for a 6-1 NESCAC field hockey win at Bill Alfond Field.
The Polar Bears are 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the NESCAC heading into Saturday’s road game at third-ranked Middlebury College. The Mules drop to 2-3 overall, 1-2 in league play, and will play at 23rd-ranked Trinity College on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Bowdoin had a 32-7 shot advantage and a 15-3 margin in penalty corners. The Polar Bears came into the game having allowed just 10 total shots in the first four games.
Despite a large statistical advantage in the first half, Bowdoin and Colby were deadlocked at 1-1 in the final three minutes of play.
Johna Cook scored at 6:39 of the first half when she tipped in a shot from Rachel Mann for the Polar Bears.
The Mules bounced back at 11:38 of the half on their first shot of the game. Kallie Hutchinson scored her third of the season on a low blast to the right corner of the cage.
Emily McColgan scored her first of the season for the eventual game-winning goal for Bowdoin. With Colby hoping to go into halftime at 1-1, McColgan scored with just 2:02 remaining when her shot deflected off a Colby defender and went high into the cage.
Kimmy Ganong and Elizabeth Bennewitz connected on the third and fourth goals. Ganong scored her first of the game at 45:08 to give the Polar Bears some breathing room. Ganong, who takes most of Bowdoin’s penalty corners, stepped back out on the field for the fourth goal and tipped in a shot by Bennewitz at 55:25 for her sixth of the season.
Juliana Fiore had a nice individual effort on her goal at 59:49. Her original shot was saved by Colby goalkeeper Emily Buckman, but Fiore gathered the rebound and scored from in close.
Mettler Growney closed the scoring with 1:46 remaining on a shot from in front.
Clara Belitz made four saves for Bowdoin, while Buckman stopped 12 shots for the Mules.