|Framingham State||University of Southern Maine|
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Hamilton field hockey team survived a late Bowdoin push to hold on for a 2-1 victory at Ryan Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Continentals climb to 8-6 (5-4 NESCAC) while dropping the Polar Bears to 6-5 (3-4 NESCAC).
Hamilton struck first as Michaela Giuttari scored her first of two goals in the half. In the 25th minute, Margaret Revera took a shot from the top right side of the circle. The ball careened around through traffic and found its way behind Maddie Ferrucci, allowing Giuttari to finish for the 1-0 lead.
With under three minutes to play in the first half, Giuttari made a spin move at the top of the circle and backhanded a shot to the far right corner to double Hamilton’s lead.
Bowdoin ramped up pressure in the second half and finally broke through following a flurry of corners in the final ten minutes. Juliana Fiore sparked the play as she controlled an insert and carried towards the right before taking a shot on net. Kara Finnerty deflected the ball as it went speeding past to cut Hamilton’s lead in half.
Despite four penalty corners in the final seven minutes of play, Bowdoin was unable to even the score and force overtime.
By the Numbers
Ferrucci ended the day with eight saves in net for the Polar Bears.
Julia Booth made three stops for the Continentals.
Hamilton held a 15-9 edge in shots, while Bowdoin had a 13-8 penalty corner advantage.
Bowdoin hosts Colby tomorrow afternoon with a 1:00 p.m. start.
The Continentals host Colby next Saturday, October 21, at noon.