#3 Bowdoin College 2, Connecticut College 0 Van der Velde Stops Nine Shots for Camels in Brunswick

#3 Bowdoin College 2, Connecticut College 0 Van der Velde Stops Nine Shots for Camels in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin field hockey team collected its sixth conference victory in a 2-0 Senior Day win against Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon.

The third-ranked Polar Bears (11-3, 6-3 NESCAC) rebounded from last weekend's road games with a pair of victories on Wednesday and Saturday. The Camels (4-10, 2-7 NESCAC) were unable to find the upset magic and repeat their previous weekend win against Tufts. 

Game Highlights

·      Bowdoin dominated the opening minutes of play, but was unable to best Ryley van der Velde and change the scoreboard. The senior goalie made five sprawling saves before the Polar Bears found the net nearly 20 minutes into play.

·      Kara Finnerty worked the ball down the left side and threaded the needle to Kimmy Ganong with a tight through pass between two defenders. Van der Velde came out and challenged Ganong, but Ganong flipped the ball over the sliding keeper before falling to the turf.

·      Jamie Navoni nearly evened the game with a breakaway sprint into Bowdoin's circle with five minutes to play in the first. Clara Belitz came out to meet Navoni with a slide tackle to block the shot and break up the play.

·      The Polar Bears doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half. Setting up a free hit coming in from the 25, the ball kicked back to Elizabeth Bennewitz on the right. Bennewitz launched a hard shot through traffic towards the circle where Finnerty tipped the ball as it passed. A Camel defender deflected the ball from the near post and Bowdoin took the 2-0 lead.

·      Belitz earned the clean sheet with a pair of saves as Van der Velde made nine stops for Connecticut.

·      The Camels travel to Wesleyan on October 26 for a 6:00 p.m. game.