|Bowdoin College||Connecticut College|
NEW LONDON, Conn. – Juliana Fiore scored eight minutes into overtime to cap the Bowdoin field hockey team’s 3-2 back and forth battle at Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears (9-5, 5-4 NESCAC) never trailed the Camels (5-9, 1-8 NESCAC), but watched the hosts tie the game twice and force overtime.
Neither team was able to muster any productive offense in the first half, with both teams scoring two goals in the second frame.
Kara Finnerty put Bowdoin on the board 6:01 into the second half. Elizabeth Growney collected the ball in the corner of the circle and directed a shot on net. Finnerty deflected the ball into the net for the 1-0 lead.
Just four minutes later Bennewitz prevented the Camels from tallying an equalizer with a defensive save on a rebound shot by Caroline Ferro.
Connecticut broke through in the 54th minute on a successful penalty corner. Meg Lembo inserted the ball and eventually took a feed back from Jackie Murphy near the end line. Lembo’s low angle shot snuck inside the near post to tie the game.
Bowdoin again took the lead off another Finnerty tally, just two minutes later. Fiore set up the second goal off a corner, with Finnerty earning another deflection goal.
The Camels forced overtime with an equalizer with five minutes left in regulation. Jamie Navoni notched a solo shot drive to the far post.
Fiore tallied the gam-winner 8:36 into overtime. Off the Polar Bears third corner, the senior captain carried the ball to her right and buried the ball inside the near post.
By the Numbers
Bowdoin held a slight 14-13 edge in shots and 8-4 edge in corners.
Maddie Ferrucci made seven saves in the win.
Andi McGraw recorded six saves.
The Polar Bears conclude the regular season on Tuesday afternoon at Tufts. The Jumbos host Bowdoin with a 3:00 p.m. kickoff.