MEDFORD - The No. 2 seeded Tufts field hockey team hosted a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) quarterfinal match-up with No. 7 seed Bowdoin Saturday afternoon, in a rematch of a game that was played just three days ago and featured a Tufts 3-0 win. Today the Polar Bears came away with the victory as they upset the Jumbos, 2-1.
|Mary Kate Patton scored on a penalty stroke for the Jumbos|
With the loss the Jumbos fell to an overall record of 11-5, while Bowdoin improved to 10-6 and advanced to the NESCAC semi-finals.
Tufts got on the board first as Jumbos Mary Travers and Alexis Chauvette were all alone with Bowdoin goalie, Maddie Ferrucci. She made a save on Chauvette's shot, but then it appeared that Travers' shot had crossed the line for a goal. However, it was ruled otherwise. Tufts was awarded a penalty stroke during the play and after an injury timeout the shot was taken by Mary Kate Patton. She sent it towards the upper left part of the cage, past the goalie for a 1-0 lead and her fourth goal of the season.
Just under five minutes into the second half Bowdoin tied the game at 1-1 on a goal from Elizabeth Bennewitz. The Polar Bears received a corner and the ball was sent to Bennewitz at the top of the circle. She ripped a shot that was blocked by a Jumbo defender, but the ball found its way back to Bennewitz and she took a another shot, this time past the 'Bos defense and past goalie Emily Polinski for her fourth goal of the season.
The Jumbos received six penalty corners in a 10-minute span following the tying goal by Bowdoin, but were unable to get a shot to find the back of the cage as the Polar Bears' defense stepped up huge.
Following a save by Ferrucci, the Bowdoin offense was able to get down to the other end of the field in just over a minute as Kara Finnerty passed the ball ahead to Emma Stevens who was able to get a clear shot off and send it past Polinski for the eventual game-winning goal, her eighth of the season, putting Bowdoin up for good, 2-1.
The Jumbos finished with the advantage in shots (19-6) and penalty corners (10-2), while Bowdoin goalie Maddie Ferrucci had five saves and Tufts goalie Emily Polinski came away with three saves.
The Polar Bears will return to play next weekend as the travel to the host site Middlebury and take on the top-seed Panthers with an 11 am start time. The winner clinches a spot in the NESCAC Championship game.
Tufts' season may not be over yet as they will be off for a while, but will wait to see if they earn an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Written by Will Ferreira, Athletic Communications Intern