Sunday, September 20, 2009

Bowdoin Sports Recaps

Men's Soccer

Bowdoin's Eddie Jones scored a pair of goals to lead the Polar Bear men's soccer team to a 4-0 triumph over Bates College on Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bears improve to 2-1 (1-1 NESCAC) this year while the Bobcats dip to 0-2 (0-2 NESCAC).

Jones got the Polar Bears on the board with some nifty footwork in the box just 12 minutes into the game. A deflection off of Bates goaltender Greg Watts came to the foot of Jones, who buried the game's first tally. Bowdoin added a second score just six minutes later when a collision in the box resulted in a Bates foul and a penalty kick opportunity for the hosts. Call Nichols netted the ball to the lower-right corner to give Bowdoin a 2-0 lead into intermission.

The Polar Bears held the Bobcats scoreless for the remainder, and added a pair of late goals. Hugh Fleming placed a nice touch forward to Jones for a score in the 84th minute and Carl Woock headed his first goal of the season just a minute later to put the game on ice. Watts ended with five saves for Bates while Dan Hicks earned his first shutout of the campaign with three saves for Bowdoin.


Field Hockey

Bowdoin sophomore Ella Curren collected her first career hat trick, sparking a four-goal second-half outburst to lead the seventh-ranked Polar Bear field hockey team to a 5-0 win over Bates on Saturday. The Polar Bears, who have won 24 consecutive games against the Bobcats dating back to 1985, improve to 2-1 (1-1 NESCAC). The Bobcats fall to 0-3 (0-2 NESCAC) with the loss.

Bowdoin carried a one-goal advantage into halftime thanks to a Shavonne Lord put-back in the 18th minute. Despite an 18-0 shot advantage in the opening period, Bates netminder Katie McEnroe stood tall with eight saves to keep the Bobcats in contention. The Polar Bears broke through with an explosion of goals in the second half, beginning shortly after intermission. Emily French's accurate entry pass from the wing found Curren, who slammed it into the lower right corner to make it 2-0.
Elizabeth Clegg tipped home an Ingrid Oelschlager shot to make it 3-0 in the 58th minute before Curren added a pair of late goals on penalty corners opportunities from McKenna Teague.

Emily Neilson was not forced to make a save in the shutout win for Bowdoin while McEnroe swept aside 17 for the Bobcats.


Women's Soccer

Wheaton's Jessica Stuart scored the game's only goal with 8:24 remaining to lift the 24th-ranked Lyons women's soccer team to a 1-0 win at Bowdoin on Saturday. Wheaton improves to 7-0 this season while the Polar Bears fall to 1-2 overall.

A back-and-forth contest resulted in a scoreless draw at the half. Bowdoin out-shot the visitors in the opening stanza, but the Lyons upped the offensive pressure in the second period, as the Polar Bear back line swept aside several good chances. Wheaton's best opportunity to break through came with 10 minutes remaining when Jordan Muse broke into the box and fired a shot that Bowdoin netminder Kat Flaherty deflected to the wing. Wheaton's Emily Vincunas lined up a hard shot towards an open
net, but her volley was blocked by Bowdoin's Molly Duffy to keep the game scoreless.

Just two minutes later, a flurry of action at the top of the Bowdoin defensive zone resulted in a loose ball towards the goal. Stuart beat all Bowdoin defenders to the ball and lofted a shot just over the head of Flaherty and below the crossbar to give the Lyons a one-goal lead. Bowdoin responded in kind, pushing the action towards the Wheaton goal.

The best Polar Bear chance came with 2:30 remaining when Ellery Gould played a beautiful ball from the right wing that found the head of Celeste Swain, who knocked it towards the net. But Wheaton's Lindsay Leddy made a diving stop to seal the victory for the Lyons.

Flaherty finished with 12 saves in the defeat for Bowdoin, while Leddy made six stops for Wheaton.


Men's Soccer Part 2

A late goal in each half propelled the Bowdoin College men's soccer team to a 2-0 blanking of St. Joseph's on Sunday afternoon. The Polar Bears (3-1) have won three consecutive games after their season-opening setback at second-ranked Amherst, outscoring their opponents 9-1 over the last three contests. St. Joseph's falls to 4-3-1 with the setback.

The game was scoreless until the 44:49 mark of the first half when Eddie Jones tallied an unassisted goal, his third marker of the season, to lift the visitors to a 1-0 edge heading into intermission. The Monks went on to hold the Polar Bears without a goal for the next 40 minutes of play, but managed few scoring chances during the same span. Tim Prior scored the final goal of the game off a Nick Powell pass with 5:52 remaining.

Monks keeper Will Pike made 11 saves and Paul Robins had two shots in the loss. For Bowdoin, Garrick Sheldon made two stops to record his first shutout of the fall in the win. The Polar Bears have now held opponents scoreless for their last 196:35 of play. Bowdoin is set to host NESCAC opponent Middlebury next Saturday at noon.




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