BRUNSWICK, Maine --- Colby College goaltender Michelle Burt made 16 saves and the Mules only trailed 1-0 at halftime to second-ranked and defending national champion Bowdoin College in NESCAC field hockey Saturday, but the Polar Bears scored two goals in the final 13 minutes to pull away.
Katie Herter notched two goals and an assist for the Polar Bears (8-0 overall, 6-0 NESCAC), while the Mules drop to 1-7 overall and 0-6 NESCAC.
Herter put Bowdoin on the board at 28:31 in the first half after an Ella Curren corner attempt. Cathleen Smith tipped Curren’s rocket, but Burt made a good save off the shot. Herter roofed the rebound into the top of the net to put the Polar Bears on top. The goal proved to be the only marker of the half, as Burt made saves on back-to-back attempts by Liz Clegg and Herter to keep the Mules within one.
Katie Riley gave the Polar Bears an insurance goal with 12:29 remaining on a tip off of a Herter shot. Shortly after Riley’s tally, Herter struck again to put the game away. Clegg carried the ball up the right side of the field and directed a hard pass to a waiting Smith at the top of the circle. Smith swiftly one-touched the ball to Herter on the back post, who slammed home her second goal of the game.
Bowdoin's Kayla Lessard was called on to make one save to earn her third shutout of the season. The Polar Bears received eight penalty corners while the defense held Colby to one shot and zero corner attempts all game.
Colby will return to action at Husson University for a 6 p.m. game Tuesday.
Bowdoin 3, Colby 0
Colby............... 0 0 - 0
Bowdoin............. 1 2 - 3
1. 6:29 BOW Katie Herter (unassisted)
2. 57:32 BOW Katie Riley (Katie Herter)
3. 64:02 BOW Katie Herter (Cathleen Smith)
Shots: Colby 1, Bowdoin 27; Penalty corners: Colby 0, Bowdoin 8. Saves: Colby 16 (Michelle Burt 16), Bowdoin 1 (Kayla Lessard 1)