Field hockey stays close for most of matchup with No. 2 Bowdoin

Captain Kelly McManus '12 made one of Bates' two defensive saves on the night. (File photo)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bowdoin demonstrated why it is ranked second in the country on Wednesday night, with a 5-0 conference win over the Bates College field hockey team at Campus Avenue Field.

The Polar Bears (7-0, 5-0 NESCAC) outshot the Bobcats (2-6, 1-4 NESCAC) by a 46-4 margin but only put 20 shots on goal. Bates sophomore goalie Becca Otley (Cumberland, Maine) played a very strong game with 13 saves, while sophomore Kate Pagano (Worcester, Mass.) and senior captain Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.) both came up with defensive saves for the Bobcats.

Ella Curren scored a hat trick, getting all three of her goals on penalty corners, to finish the game with six on the year. She opened the scoring in the 19th minute after the insertion by Elizabeth Clegg and the stop by Kassey Matoin. Bowdoin only led 1-0 at the half, despite a 20-1 advantage in shots taken.

Curren made it a two-goal game in the fifth minute of the second half, on another insertion by Clegg. Clegg scored the first field goal of the game five minutes later with an assist from Cathleen Smith for a 3-0 lead.

With 23:50 left in the game, Katie Herter found driving space along the right wing of Bates' circle, and she sliced a shot between Otley and the near post for her third goal of the season. Cullen made it 5-0 wiht 9:26 to go on a penalty corner, set up by Katie Riley's insertion.

Bates attempted three of its four shots on a string of penalty corners in the 66th minute, all taken by senior captain Sarah Merullo (Essex, Mass.). Kayla Lessard required just one save in that flurry to record the shutout for Bowdoin.

Bates next plays at Wesleyan on Saturday at 12 p.m.

STATS: Bowdoin 5, Bates 0