BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Wesleyan field hockey team (3-3, 0-3) suffered a 3-1 loss at No. 7 Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals struck first in the 44th all-time meeting between the two teams, but the Polar Bears (5-1, 3-1) scored three unanswered goals to earn the victory. During the contest, Olivia Baglieri scored once and recorded her 10th defensive save to tie her for second place on Wesleyan's all-time career list.
"The team came out with high energy and intensity, as we got on the board first off of a beautiful penalty corner shot by Baglieri," stated head coach Christine Kemp. "Delaney Wood and Alex Ramsden both had strong performances today, while as a team we collectively put up a tough battle. Throughout the entire game, the team never gave up, showing heart and resiliency."
- Bowdoin came out of the gates strong, getting its first shot off with just 34 seconds expired. Kara Finnerty dribbled down the right side and into the circle, but Wesleyan goaltender Wood denied the shot with her left blocker.
- The Cardinals took advantage of their first penalty corner, taking a 1-0 advantage at the 13:56 mark. Baglieri fired a shot off an insert by Grace Kohn that Polar Bear goalie Maddie Ferrucci got a foot on, but the hard shot slid into the bottom right corner.
- The hosts responded with three seconds remaining in the first quarter after a penalty corner. Wood denied the initial shot, but Bowdoin came up with the ball after a scramble in front of the goal, as Elizabeth Growney found the back of the cage to knot the game 1-1.
- The Polar Bears took the lead at the 22:12 mark when Abby Bashaw redirected a shot by Finnerty for the 2-1 edge.
- Out of the intermission, Bowdoin had a good chance to extend its advantage after a penalty corner, but Baglieri denied the shot with a defensive save at the 30:44 mark.
- After 29:06 of scoreless action, the Polar Bears extended their lead to 3-1 when Growney tapped in a loose ball.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wood made 16 stops in goal for Wesleyan, while Ferrucci did not make a save to earn the victory.
- The Cardinals have a quick turnaround, as they return to Middletown, Conn. to host No. 20 Colby at noon on Sunday.