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Field Hockey Drops NESCAC Matchup to Sixth-Ranked Bowdoin

Courtney Peyko

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College field hockey team fell to No. 6 Bowdoin by a 5-0 score in its annual Play4TheCure game on Saturday afternoon at Silfen Field.

Bowdoin (10-1, NESCAC 6-1) set the tone early and what was to come by scoring just 77 seconds into the match and then finding the back of the cage three more times before recess. Peyton Jackson got the Polar Bears going when she took a short pass from Abby Bradshaw and fired home a hard shot from the upper left corner inside the arc. Emma Stevens then doubled the margin at the 12:57 mark of the opening frame by finding the ball through a scrum of players and slipping it in.

Kara Finnerty then tallied two more goals less than four minutes apart for the Polar Bears in the second quarter. Elizabeth Growney took the ball downfield and found an open Finnerty for the third goal at 24:46, and Finnerty added an unassisted marker by potting the rebound that was kicked away by Camel goalie Andi McGraw (Sheffield, Mass.).

Bowdoin, which did not allow the Camels to attempt a shot through three frames, added one more insurance marker in the third following a penalty corner. Stevens took a high percentage shot that was redirected by Growney inside the left post at the last moment before it would cross the goal line.

Maddie Ferrucci picked up the victory for Bowdoin without having to make a save in more than 50 minutes of action, while Eva Verzani stopped two shots in the waning minutes to preserve the shutout. Sophomore Jackie Mountford (Sherborn, Mass.) suffered the loss for Connecticut College by making three saves in the first quarter before McGraw relieved her and turned away seven shots during the remainder of the match. Senior Courtney Peyko (Grand Isle, Vt.) added a defensive save.

Connecticut College (2-8, NESCAC 0-7) remains at home and will next host WPI on Tuesday at 3 p.m.