Brunswick, Maine - First-year Rachel Kennedy scored two goals, including the game-winner in the second half, to lead the Bowdoin College Polar Bear field hockey team to a 3-2 comeback win over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in a battle of nationally-ranked squads this afternoon. The Polar Bears, ranked No. 3 in the nation, improve to 12-1 overall and 8-1 in the NESCAC, while No. 12-ranked Trinity drops to 10-3 overall and 6-3 in the NESCAC.
Trinity's Sophie Doering made a spectacular defensive save to stymie the Bowdoin offense barely five minutes into game, but Kennedy would finally break through at 24:56. Katie Riley slid a pass across the face of the goal to Kennedy, who evaded her defender and one-timed the bouncing ball into the Trinity cage. Both teams would battle for possession for the remainder of the halftime to no avail, heading into the break with a one goal difference.
The Bantams gained control of the game immediately after the start of the second half. Paige Duke finished off a rebound that kicked off the post and ricocheted to her waiting stick to tie the game at 32:05. Shortly after, Hadley Duncan put the Bantams on top. Haley Thompson dished a pass to Duncan in the circle, who lifted a well-placed backhand shot past Kayla Lessard at 27:28.
Following a Bowdoin timeout, the Polar Bears set to work on the offensive end. Senior Cathleen Smith tied the game at two apiece with 21:17 remaining. Smith received the ball from Kassey Matoin's stop on a corner insert, dangled around a rushing Trinity defender, and unleashed a rocket labeled for the back of the net.
Less than 90 seconds later Kennedy recorded the game-winner, carrying the ball past the Trinity defense and driving a low, hard shot past Trinity goalkeeper Ann Scalambrino at 19:55. Trinity made a hard push to tie up the score but Bowdoin responded with a strong defensive stand to hang on for the win.
Scalambrino was credited with three saves and allowed three goals for the Bantams. Lessard turned aside three shots and allowed two goals for the win. Bowdoin held a slight edge in penalty corners (5-2) but doubled up Trinity in shots (12-6).
Bowdoin will close out the regular season at Tufts on October 24 at 4:30 p.m. The winner of the match will earn the second seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament while the loser will be the third seed. Regardless of the result, the Polar Bears will host a NESCAC Quarterfinal next Saturday, October 27. Trinity will also conclude their regular season schedule on October 24 against in-state NESCAC foe Wesleyan at 5 p.m. No matter the result, Trinity will be the fourth seed in the NESCAC Tournament.