|Middlebury College||Bowdoin College|
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin and Middlebury field hockey teams played over 85 minutes of scoreless action before Annie Leondard came up with a double overtime game-winner for the Panthers on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears fall to 3-2 (3-2 NESCAC) on the season. The Panthers rebound from their first setback of the year to climb to 4-1 (3-1 NESCAC).
Stingy defensive play by the Polar Bears kept the game knotted at 0-0 throughout regulation. Danielle Brown worked through for a breakaway opportunity with 13 minutes remaining in the first half, only to see Elizabeth Bennewitz break up the bid.
Erin Nicholas pressured Maddie Ferrucci five minutes into the second. The first-year directed a reverse chip on net that Ferrucci made a blocker save on to deny.
Bennewitz again made a key stop with a midair defensive save on an Audrey Quirk shot.
On the opposite side Abby Furdak denied Emma Stevens a few minutes into overtime. With Stevens dribbling across the goal face, Furdak turned away an attempt that was initiated inches from her shuffling feet.
It took just 26 seconds of double overtime for Leonard to net the day’s lone goal. Nicholas began the play by carrying low across the circle from left to right, finding Leonard on the right side. The senior banged home a quick shot to end the game.
By the Numbers
Middlebury held a 25-8 shot advantage and slight 6-5 edge in corners.
Ferrucci ended the day with a career high 14 saves.
Furdak had five saves for her first collegiate shutout.
Bowdoin plays at Wellesley College on September 27 with a 4:00 p.m. start.