Amherst Suffers 3-1 Loss to Defending National Champs
Junior Haley Douds became the first player to score on Bowdoin College this season.
BRUNSWICK, ME – The top-ranked Bowdoin College field hockey team scored three times in the opening period en route to a 3-1 victory over Amherst College on Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bears remain unbeaten at 8-0 (4-0 NESCAC) this season, while the Jeffs, who scored the first goal allowed by Bowdoin this season in the second period, dip to 3-3 (2-2 NESCAC).
A pair of reserves got the Polar Bears’ offense going midway through the opening period. First-year Ella Curren came off the bench and tagged a ball from the top of the circle that was redirected by Madeleine McQueeney in front to give the hosts a 1-0 lead with 16 minutes remaining in the first half.
Moments later, sophomore Ingrid Oelschlager beat two Amherst defenders down the middle of the field and tucked a perfectly-placed shot inside the left post, beating the diving save attempt of Amherst's Emily Vitale (Cheshire, CT) to make it 2-0 with 14:18 left in the frame.
Leading scorer Lindsay McNamara notched her conference-leading 16th goal of the season with seven minutes left before the break to give Bowdoin a commanding 3-0 halftime lead.
Amherst got one back in the second half off a penalty corner attempt. First-year Carly Dudzik's (Darien, CT) nifty backdoor feed to junior Haley Douds (South Orange, NJ) on the doorstep broke Bowdoin's shutout streak at 532:00 to open the season. The Polar Bears have outscored opponents 30-1 this year.
Emileigh Mercer made three first-half stops between the posts for Bowdoin. Emily Neilson did not make a save in her second half of work. Vitale made eight saves in defeat for Amherst.
The Lord Jeffs return to action Wednesday, Oct. 1 when they host Mount Holyoke College on Gooding Field at 7 p.m.