Brunswick, Maine – Mettler Growney scored with less than two minutes remaining in regulation to lift the Bowdoin field hockey team to a 1-0 victory over the visiting Trinity College Bantams this afternoon in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) field hockey action. The Bantams entered the day in a four-way tie with the Polar Bears, Middlebury, and Tufts for first place in the conference standings. Trinity, ranked No. 15 in the nation, falls to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the NESCAC, while No. 2-ranked Bowdoin improves to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the league while keeping pace with Tufts, which defeated Middlebury today, for first place in the NESCAC.
Bowdoin controlled the opening minutes of play, but was unable to convert. The Polar Bears tallied seven shots and four corners before the Bantams could to ball to the opposite end. Trinity sophomore defender Molly Reilly (Andover, Mass.) denied Bowdoin’s most promising opportunity as Kimmy Ganong slipped a shot through Bantam goalie Lori Berger’s (Scottsdale, Ariz.) legs only to have Reilly make the defensive save. Trinity junior forward Kelcie Finn (Weymouth, Mass.) broke away down the middle of the field to account for Trinity’s first shot of the game. Finn forced a one-on-one with Bowdoin keeper Clara Belitz, but Belitz came out and met Finn with a slide tackle to stifle the threat.
With ten minutes remaining in the first half, Trinity earned its first corner of the day. The initial shot by Finn from the top was deflected up and over Belitz, but Elizabeth Bennewitz’s defensive save preserved the tie. Bowdoin broke through the Bantams defense with under two minutes to play. On the team’s 14th penalty corner of the game, Growney collected a rebound off the right post and found the back of the net for the game-winner. Bowdoin held a 14-1 edge in corners and 23-2 shot advantage. Berger made 11 saves in net for the Bantams and Belitz tallied one on the opposite side.