Brunswick, Maine - Junior midfielder Nicole Quinlan (Duxbury, Mass.) scored the game-tying goal late in the first half and assisted sophomore forward Caroline Fisher (Kennett Square, Pa.) on the game-winner with just 6:58 remaining in the second half to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 2-1 victory over the No. 5-ranked Bowdoin College Polar Bears in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) field hockey action this afternoon at Ryan Field. Trinity, ranked No. 17 nationally, improves to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the NESCAC with its seventh win in a row. Bowdoin drops to 8-2 overall and 3-2 in the league with its first loss in four games. The Bantams host Springfield on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in their next game, while the Polar Bears are at NESCAC rival Colby tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Bowdoin got on the board first when Emma Stevens shot past Trinity senior goalkeeper Lori Berger (Scottsdale, Ariz.) on the first Polar Bear shot-on-goal of the game 20:04 into the first half. The goal was the first allowed by Berger and the Bantam defense since September 15, ending a streak of 468 straight minutes without a goal allowed. Trinity put increased pressure on the Bowdoin defense over the next eight minutes, forcing Polar Bear goalie Maddie Ferrucci to make two saves against both Bantam sophomore forward Kendall Brown (Greenwich, Conn.) and senior co-captain forward Chandler Solimine (Pelham, N.Y.) before Solimine fed Quinlan on a give-and-go off a penalty corner with 14:56 on the clock for the first Trinity goal of the game.
Trinity nearly took the lead twice early in the second half. Ferrucci denied a promising Trinity bid when Solimine earned a breakaway but was stopped by a Ferrucci slide tackle. Ferrucci made another key save, this time denying Brown, with a diving stick save to her right side, but the Bantams broke through when Quinlan inserted on the corner and found Fisher at the top who lofted an aerial shot over the Bowdoin defense. Trinity finished with a 15-to-9 shooting advantage, and both teams earned five corners. Berger made a pair of stops and Ferrucci had nine saves.