Field Hockey

2017 RECORD: 3-1; NESCAC: 1-1; NR: 9 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 5 NCAA RUNNER-UP: 1 (1999)

No. 13 Amherst Upsets No. 8 Bowdoin, 2-1 in Thriller

No. 13 Amherst Upsets No. 8 Bowdoin, 2-1 in Thriller

AMHERST, Mass. – Elizabeth Turnbull '18 registered her second consecutive two-goal game, including a game-winning penalty stroke tally in the 54th minute, and the Mammoth defense held the Polar Bear's to just six shots on frame, as the No. 13 Amherst College field hockey team upset No. 8 Bowdoin, 2-1 in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC tilt at Gooding Field.

With the win, Amherst improves to 2-0 on the season and to 1-0 in NESCAC play, while Bowdoin opens the year 0-1 (0-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 12 when they host Keene State in a non-conference matchup beginning at 7 p.m.

Amherst needed just 6:23 to get on the scoreboard. Continuing to be a catalyst for the Mammoth offense, Turnbull notched her third score of the young season following a penalty corner dish from Laura Schwartzman'20. Corralling the pass at the top of the circle, Turnbull powered a shot into the bottom left corner of the net.

The Polar Bears threatened to even the score with 16:14 on the clock, with Abby Bashaw sending a shot towards goal from 15-yards out, but the attempt sailed inches wide and was just past the reach of Paula Petit-Molina who was making a hard run to the far post.

Coming out of the half strong, Bowdoin made it a 1-1 contest on what proved to be its fifth and final shot on frame 2:43 into the second stanza. Capitalizing on a penalty corner, Johna Cook ripped a shot from the top right of the circle off a defender's stick and past the Amherst keeper.

The next 15 minutes featured back-and-forth play in the middle of the field, however, with 16:25 remaining, Turnbull and Heather Brennan '20 teamed up to set up the game-winning play. Sending a drive towards the offensive end, Turnbull's ball was tipped by Brennan past the Bowdoin defense. In pursuit of the ball, Emery Sorvino '19 and Anna Agathis '21 forced a Polar Bear infraction inside the circle and Turnbull buried the ensuing penalty stroke to lead Amherst to the 2-1 victory.

GAME NOTES

  • In between the pipes, Emilie Flamme '20 (2-0) recorded four saves for Amherst, while Maddie Ferrucci (0-1) made four stops in the losing effort for Bowdoin.
  • The Polar Bears owned a slight 12-10 edge in shot attempts in the contest, while the Mammoths held the advantage in shots on target, 7-5 and corner opportunities, 7-6.
  • Mary Grace Cronin '18 took a game-high three shots, while Turnbull led both sides with two shots on frame.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The victory marked Amherst's first win over the Polar Bears in their last four contests, with the Mammoths last downing Bowdoin, 4-2 in 2013.