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No. 8 Polar Bears erase deficit to beat Bates in field hockey, 2-1

Lindsey Ferguson '08

Sarah Sprague '07

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bowdoin College field hockey team rallied from an early deficit to win their 16th consecutive home game, 2-1 over visiting Bates College on Wednesday evening. The Polar Bears (8-1, 5-1 NESCAC) are ranked eighth in the latest national poll. Bates (4-4, 1-4) falls to .500 with the loss.

The Bobcats took advantage of an early chance and scored the game's first goal when junior Lindsey Ferguson (Barrington, R.I.) redirected a reverse pass from senior Megan Petry (Crestwood, Ky.) with a well-placed, low shot from the right side in front of the cage just 10 minutes into the game, scoring her team-leading fourth goal of the season to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Ten minutes later, the Polar Bears evened the score when they were awarded a penalty shot. Lindsay McNamara slapped the ball past Bobcat senior netminder Sarah Sprague (Cleveland, Ohio) to the lower left-hand corner to tie the game at 15:37.

The game-winner came just before halftime for Bowdoin, as McNamara found Hillary Hoffman with 5:38 to go before intermission. Hoffman buried it into the back of the net for her third goal of the season and a 2-1 edge.

That would prove to be all the Polar Bears would need, as they out-shot Bates 12-3 and had an 11-1 edge in penalty corners. Kate Leonard stopped three shots for Bowdoin, while Sprague made nine saves between the pipes for Bates.

Both teams will return to NESCAC action on Saturday, when Bowdoin travels to Conn. College and Bates hosts Wesleyan.

BOX SCORE: Bowdoin 2, Bates 1