BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Senior captain Riley Kundtz opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the sixth minute, but sixth-ranked Bowdoin quickly tied the game and went on to post a 6-1 NESCAC win over the Bates field hockey team on Tuesday night.
Kundtz (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) scored her fourth goal of the season, and the 11th of her career, with 29:17 left in the first half, after the Bobcats had already put early pressure on the Polar Bears with two penalty corners and a shot and save by junior Lexie Carter (Saco, Maine), before Bowdoin had attempted a shot of its own.
Bowdoin (8-1, 4-1 NESCAC) came back and put two shots on goal that first-year goalkeeper Cristina Vega (Needham, Mass.) was able to turn away. But after the Polar Bears' second penalty corner, Katie Riley scored her first of four goals on the night to tie the game at 1-1, with 27:03 left in the half. Both teams vied for control of the ball until Rachel Kennedy increased the lead for Bowdoin at 7:18. A shot from teammate Cathleen Smith took a hard ricochet off of Vega’s pads and bounced right to the waiting stick of Kennedy at the center of the circle for the finish. Riley added a late goal just before the halftime break, diving to poke in a trickling ball along the goal line with 13 seconds left in the first half.
Rachel Kennedy put Bowdoin ahead 2-1 at the 28:21 mark, and with 24 seconds left in the half Riley scored again for a 3-1 lead at intermission.
Vega started and played the first 49 minutes in goal, making seven saves and allowing five goals. Junior Becca Otley (Cumberland, Maine) came on for the final 21 minutes and made four saves against one goal allowed. First-year back Hannah Beinecke (Manchester, Mass.) was credited with a defensive save.
Kayla Lessard (64:08) made three saves and allowed one goal between the Bowdoin pipes before being relieved by Hannah Gartner, who was not forced to make a stop in the final 5:52 of play.
Bates (3-5, 1-4 NESCAC) plays host to Wesleyan on Saturday at 12pm (Video), during Parents & Family Weekend.