NESCAC Quarterfinal: Bowdoin College 2, Connecticut College 0 Rich Stops 13 Shots for Camels in Post-Season Debut

BRUNSWICK, Maine.-The second seeded Bowdoin College field hockey team earned a 2-0 victory against seventh seeded Connecticut College in a NESCAC Championship Quarterfinal game played on Howard F. Ryan Field Sunday. Kassey Matoin broke a scoreless tie with 3:35 remaining in the first half and Katie Herter converted a penalty stroke in the second stanza for the Polar Bears. Bowdoin improves its record to 14-1 and will meet Amherst College Saturday for a semifinal match up at Tufts University. The Camels close out their season with a record of 7-8. The Polar Bears came out firing in this one, racking up 15 shots and six corners in first half action. But Connecticut College freshman Aimee Rich frustrated the hosts early, recording 10 saves in the first half action. With 21:40 left in the half, Rich denied Ingrid Oelschlager on a hard shot from the center of the circle. About two minutes later, Rich made a point-blank stop on a shot by Kayla Lessard to keep the hosts off the scoreboard. With 4:22 remaining in the half, Connecticut College junior Kelly Watkins sacrificed her body to block a shot that was headed for the goal. But the Polar Bears finally got on the board with 3:35 left in the half. Oelschlager assisted Matoin for the goal and Bowdoin carried the 1-0 advantage into the break. The Polar Bears extended their lead when Herter converted the stroke 5:59 into the second half. The Camels did not go away and with 17:01 remaining, the Camels nearly scored on a shot by Abby Hine. Hine penetrated the Bowdoin defense with 11:30 to go for another shot but Emily Neilson made the save for the Polar Bears. Bowdoin was able to hold on for the 2-0 win. Neilson finished with four saves in the victory for the hosts. Rich stopped 13 Bowdoin shots in her post-season debut for the Camels.

October 31, 2010

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