NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College field hockey team dropped a seesaw battle to No. 18 Bowdoin by a 3-2 score in overtime on Saturday afternoon at Silfen Field.
After a scoreless first half, the teams exchanged goals through the remainder of the contest. Bowdoin, however, scored first when Elizabeth Growney collected a ball from the corner of the circle and found Kara Finnerty for a marker in the 42nd minute.
Senior Megan Lembo (Southington, Conn.) evened the score when she took a short pass from classmate Jacqueline Murphy (Danvers, Mass.) and fired to the near post off her own attempted penalty corner in the 54th minute, but the Polar Bears had a quick answer to regain the lead just 2:16 later when Finnerty struck again.
Despite quickly losing momentum, the back-and-forth battle continued and the Camels found a way to notch the equalizer. Junior Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) provided her team-leading ninth goal of the season when she came in alone against netminder Maddie Ferrucci and beat her with a shot to the far post which eventually forced overtime.
With postseason implications on the line, Bowdoin (9-5, NESCAC 5-4) came out with a vengeance in the extra session by attempting three corners and five shots. Camel freshman Andi McGraw (Sheffield, Mass.) turned away back-to-back shots by Finnerty, the team's top scoring threat, but the Polar Bears were able to get one more by her and earn the sudden victory when Juliana Fiore caged her third marker of the season off a corner in the 79th minute.
Maddie Ferrucci picked up the win for Bowdoin by making seven saves, while Camel netminder McGraw took the loss by turning away six shots.
Connecticut College (5-9, NESCAC 1-8), which honored its five-member senior class prior to the match, concludes its 2017 campaign when it hosts Wesleyan on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m.