Field hockey upends No. 4 Bowdoin, advances to NESCAC semis

Lizzie Clarke '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Lizzie Clarke '20 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Lizzie Clarke '20 scored twice in the final four minutes and lifted the Continentals to a 2-1 victory over the Bowdoin College Polar Bears in a 2019 NESCAC Field Hockey Championship quarterfinal at Bowdoin's Ryan Field on Saturday afternoon.

Facing a one-goal deficit with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter, Clarke buried a penalty stroke past Maddie Ferrucci (1 save) to knot the score.

Clarke struck again a little more than two minutes later with the game winner. Maura Holden '23 inserted a penalty corner to Clarke who blasted a shot from the top of the arc and the ball flipped off a stick and into the cage. The two goals were Clarke's fourth and fifth of the season and increased her career total to 16.

Hamilton (9-7, 4-6 NESCAC) entered the championship on a four-game win streak and was the seventh seed. The Continentals advance to the semifinals for the second time in program history and will face the top-seeded and defending NESCAC champion Middlebury College Panthers on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. in Middlebury, Vt.

Nationally ranked No. 4 Bowdoin (14-2 overall) was the second seed in the championship after finishing the regular season with a 9-1 conference record.

The game remained scoreless for over 40 minutes before Faith Jennings gave the Polar Bears a 1-0 lead with 4:32 left in the third quarter. Manveer Sandhu worked the ball down the right side towards the corner and sent a long cross to the front of the cage where Jennings tipped the ball past Maggie Reville '22 (7 saves).

Both teams finished with 11 shots and Hamilton held a 7-5 edge in penalty corners.