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Field hockey hangs with undefeated Bowdoin but falls short in NESCAC quarterfinals

Jessie Moriarty scored the second goal of her collegiate career on Saturday against Bowdoin. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) 

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates field hockey team knew they faced a challenge in the NESCAC quarterfinals against top-ranked and undefeated Bowdoin. The Bobcats gave it their all but fell by a score of 4-1 on Saturday.

Bowdoin got on the board first in the game as Rachel Kennedy scored in just the second minute of action.

But the Bates' defense settled down and their offense got to work. In the 13th minute, first-year Jessie Moriarty scored her second goal of the season to even the contest at one. 

Unfortunately that goal woke up the Polar Bears from their temporary hibernation as Bowdoin scored two quick goals in the 16th minute to go up 3-1. Kimmy Ganong gave them the lead and just 24 seconds later Kennedy provided the insurance. 

After the early flurry of goals, neither team did much offensively for the remainder of the game Bowdoin added a final goal in the second half in the 66th minute. Bates tallied a total of five shots and three shots on goal while the Polar Bears finished with 14 shots and 11 shots on goal.

Keeper Cristina Vega worked hard for Bates, finishing with six saves on the day. In addition to Moriarty's goal, Lauren Foster tallied the other two shots on goal for the Bobcats.

The loss concludes the 2015 campaign for Bates. It was a great one as their seven wins marks their most victories in one season since 2005.