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Field hockey rallies, falls at Bowdoin in NESCAC quarterfinal









BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bowdoin College field hockey team scored three times in the first 13 minutes and staved off a late rally by Bates to take a 5-2 win in a NESCAC Quarterfinal match on Sunday. The second-seeded Polar Bears (13-2) are the three-time defending NESCAC Champions and will face third-seeded Middlebury in the NESCAC semifinals on Saturday, November 7 at Tufts University. Bates ends its season with an overall record of 6-9.

Bowdoin took control of the game quickly, scoring twice in the first four minutes on goals by Kara Kelley at 32:54 and Madeleine McQueeney at 32:07. Ten minutes later, a give-and-go between Lindsay McNamara and Julia King set up Shavonne Lord, who found the back of the net at 21:46 to give the hosts a three-goal lead.

Bates cut into the Polar Bear lead just moments later off a penalty corner, when sophomore Annie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) found junior Morgan Maciewicz (Marblehead, Mass.), who blasted a shot from the top of the circle that tucked inside the left post at the 20-minute mark. After Bowdoin carried their 3-1 edge through intermission, the Bobcats chipped away at the lead in the second period, as senior Abby Childs (Philadelphia, Pa.) converted a penalty corner feed from first-year Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) with 22:07 remaining, trimming the advantage to 3-2.

The Polar Bears responded, however. Lindsay McNamara regained the two-goal edge when she put home a feed from Kate Gormley on the doorstep with 13:49 left. With under eight minutes to play, Gormley centered a pass to Lord, whose diving attempt redirected the ball past Bates sophomore goalie Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.)  to close out the scoring.

McEnroe made five saves in net for Bates, while Emileigh Mercer and Emily Neilson split time in goal for the Polar Bears without recording a save. Bowdoin held a 21-6 edge in shots, with many chances sailing wide of the net.

Playing in their final field hockey game for the Bobcats were seniors Sarah Blomstedt (Gill, Mass.), Childs, Rachel Gardner (McLean, Va.), Rachel Greenwood (Williamstown, Mass.) and Emily Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.).

STATS: Bowdoin 5, Bates 2