Bowdoin repeats in field hockey
Bowdoin captured its second straight Division III field hockey national title in a double-overtime thriller against Tufts at Ursinus on Sunday.
The Polar Bears became the fourth school to claim consecutive Division III Field Hockey Championships after edging the Jumbos, 3-2, in the first double-overtime national championship game in 20 years.
It was the third meeting between the New England Small College Athletic Conference rivals, with Tufts taking the first contest to finish the regular season with a 9-0 record and Bowdoin taking the second in the conference tournament championship game.
Appearing in just the second NCAA championship final in school history, Tufts opened the scoring in the first two minutes of play when the Jumbos’ Tamara Brown deflected a shot into the net at the 1:13 mark. It was the fastest score the Polar Bears had given up all season. However, they answered quickly on a Madeleine McQueeney goal that tied the game less than two minutes later. Later in the half, the Polar Bears pulled ahead after Shavonne Lord knocked home a shot that bounced off the pads of Tufts goalie Marianna Zak.
Tufts knotted the contest at two goals apiece midway through the second half on a turnover that led to a breakaway for Michelle Kelly, who fed Brown for her second goal on the day with 21:06 left in the contest.
A furious back-and-forth marked the first overtime period with both goalies registering saves to keep the game tied. But, the defending national champions finally broke through in the second overtime. Senior Lindsay McNamara rifled home a Katie Herter shot that rebounded off Zak to seal the win for Bowdoin.
Tufts earned a berth in the title game with a 5-2 victory over top-ranked Messiah in semifinal play. The Jumbos finished with a 19-2 record. Their only two losses came against Bowdoin, which advanced to the national championship game after defeating host Ursinus, 3-2, and closed out the year with a 20-2 record. The eight Polar Bear seniors finished with an overall career record of 74-5 (21-2 in the postseason), four NESCAC championships and two NCAA titles.
Bowdoin 3 0 – 3
Ursinus 1 1 – 2
First half: B – Julia King (Kristen Veiga), 7:25; U – Kait Sutherland (Jessica Zatwarnicki), 13:01; B – Lindsay McNamara (Kara Kelley), 27:43; B – Katie Herter (McNamara), 29:47.
Second half: U – Alyssa Thren (Jennie Moore), 53:59.
Shots: Bowdoin 12, Ursinus 17. Goalkeeper saves: Bowdoin (Emileigh Mercer) 8, Ursinus (Erica Scott, Lindsay Doutt) 2. Penalty corners: Bowdoin 4, Ursinus 11.
Tufts 2 3 – 5
Messiah 2 0 – 2
First half: T – Michelle Kelly (Margi Scholtes), 1:22; M – Nikki Bailey (Elizabeth Ziegler), 19:19; T – Lindsay Griffith (Amanda Russo), 32:48; M – Katie Love (unassisted), 33:36.
Second half: T – Tamara Brown (unassisted), 45:22; T – Brown (Scholtes), 51:52; T – Brown (unassisted), 53:16.
Shots: Tufts 18, Messiah 16. Goalkeeper saves: Tufts (Marianna Zak) 7, Messiah (Ashley Mowery) 5. Penalty corners: Tufts 9, Messiah 14.
Bowdoin 2 0 0 1 – 3
Tufts 1 1 0 0 – 2
First half: T – Tamara Brown (Margi Scholtes), 1:13; B – Madeleine McQueeney (unassisted), 2:38; B – Shavonne Lord (Kara Kelley), 10:33.
Second half: T – Brown (Michelle Kelly), 49:54.
Second overtime: B – Lindsay McNamara (unassisted), 87:02.
Shots: Bowdoin 16, Tufts 12. Goalkeeper saves: Bowdoin (Emileigh Mercer) 7, Tufts (Marianna Zak) 5. Penalty corners: Bowdoin 3, Tufts 11.
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