|Bowdoin College||Tufts University|
MEDFORD, Mass. – The Bowdoin field hockey team upset second-seeded Tufts 2-1 in the NESCAC Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears (10-6) were seeded seventh in the conference tournament and faced a Jumbos team (11-5) that had pinned a 3-0 setback on Bowdoin just three days prior.
Alexis Chauvette and Mary Travers earned a two-on-goal 26 minutes into the first half. While Maddie Ferrucci turned away Chauvette’s initial shot, Travers controlled the rebound and attempted to put the ball beyond Ferrucci. The Jumbos earned a penalty stroke, which Mary Kate Patton successfully converted.
Just under five minutes into the second half, Bowdoin tied the game. Elizabeth Bennewitz fired a shot from the top of the circle on a penalty corner, collected her own rebound, and put the Polar Bears on the board with her second attempt.
The Jumbos received six penalty corners in a ten minute span but were unable to break the tie.
Ferrucci made a save in Bowdoin’s circle and a quick transition allowed Kara Finnerty to pass the ball ahead to Emma Stevens. Stevens took a clear shot on Emily Polinksi and put away the game-winner in the 53rd minute. .
Bowdoin successfully defended a Tufts corner in the final seconds to secure the upset victory.
By the Numbers
The Jumbos finished with a 19-6 shot advantage and 10-2 corner advantage.
Ferrucci ended the day with five saves.
Polinski made three stops.