Stevens Posts First Half Hat Trick in NESCAC Victory Against Amherst

Emma Stevens scored three goals in the first half as Bowdoin cruised past Amherst in their NESCAC opener
Emma Stevens scored three goals in the first half as Bowdoin cruised past Amherst in their NESCAC opener

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Emma Stevens tallied a hat trick in the opening half to lead the Bowdoin field hockey team to a 6-2 NESCAC opening victory against Amherst on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears improve to 2-0 (1-0 NESCAC) and avenge last year's season opening loss to the Mammoths. Amherst sits at 1-1 on the year (0-1 NESCAC).

Game Highlights

  • Stevens scored consecutive goals within 22 seconds to give the Polar Bears a 2-0 lead in the tenth minute. Bowdoin got on the board as Abby Bashaw send a through pass from the top of the circle, with Stevens sweeping it in for the goal.
  • The junior doubled the lead with another goal from the same spot, this time putting away a ball that pinged around through a pair of Amherst defenders.
  • Elizabeth Growney intercepted a pass from 40-yards out and took the ball back on net for a hard shot four minutes later.
  • Kara Finnerty set up Stevens' hat trick with a reverse sweep from the right side. Stevens deflected the ball just inside the far post to take a commanding 4-0 lead.
  • Beth Williamson put Amherst on the board midway through the half, rifling off a drive from the top of the circle on a corner insert from Anna Agathis.
  • Finnerty tallied a solo effort 2:51 into the second half as she tracked the ball down low left side of the circle, spun around, and pushed a shot inside the near post.
  • Amherst cut into the host's lead as Emery Sorvino intercepted a pass deep in Bowdoin's defensive end. Sorvino quickly found Franny Daniels streaking into the circle, allowing Daniels to pull the keeper and put away the team's second.
  • Bowdoin capped the game with a final goal in the 60th minute. Tala Glass pushed a pass wide of the right post for Bashaw to tip. Bashaw got a stick on the ball and deflected it back to herself off the post, cleaning up the rebound.

By the Numbers

  • The Polar Bears held a slight 21-19 edge in shots, while the Mammoths doubled Bowdoin up on corners (8-4).
  • Maddie Ferrucci earned the win with ten saves. Katie Savage suffered the loss with eight saves.
  • Elizabeth Bennewitz recorded a defensive save for Bowdoin ten minutes into the second half.
  • The Bowdoin field hockey program had never scored more than four goals against Amherst in a single game.  

Up Next

  • Bowdoin hosts Bates at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening.
  • Amherst is off until next Saturday with a matchup at Middlebury.