Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College Bantams put a serious scare into the top-ranked Bowdoin College Polar Bears but fell short, 3-2, in overtime in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) field hockey action on Sheppard Field this afternoon. Trinity drops to 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the NESCAC, while the visiting Polar Bears stay perfect at 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the league.
After an early Bowdoin goal by Juliana Fiore (Westwood, Mass.), Trinity scored back-to-back late in the first half on unassisted tallies by senior tri-captain Liz Caporale (Glastonbury, Conn.) and junior Sidney Doolittle (Milford, Conn.) for a 2-1 Bantam lead at the break. The Polar Bear defense took control in the second half, limiting Trinity to just a pair of shots and no penalty corners, while Liz Znamierowski (Richmond, Vt.) tied the game from Kim Ganong (Brunswick, Maine) 1:58 after halftime.
Trinity senior tri-captain goalkeeper Sophie Fitzpatrick (Duxbury, Mass.) saved one Bowdoin shot in the extra period and the Bantam defense stopped the first penalty corner for the visitors, but junior Mettler Growney (New Canaan, Conn.) ended it with a goal 3:01 into the overtime after a second Polar Bear corner. Fitzpatrick finished with 17 saves and Clara Belitz Del Mar, Calif.) had three for Bowdoin, as the Bantams were outshot, 28-9.