BIDDEFORD — Freshman Julia Patterson (Hingham, Mass.) scored a goal in each half to help power the Bowdoin College Polar Bears to a 3-0 shutout of the University of New England in a non-conference women’s soccer match Tuesday evening at Barbara J. Hazard Field.

Bowdoin improved its record to 4-2 on the season, while the Nor’easters lost for the first time in four matches to drop back to 6-3.

It looked as if the first half might end in a scoreless deadlock until Patterson received a through-ball from senior Sarah Wallace (Virginia Beach, Va.), took a few touches and drove a low shot inside the right post to give Bowdoin a 1-0 lead in the 42nd minute.

The Polar Bears doubled their lead in the 79th minute when senior Kiersten Turner (Gorham, Maine) took a pass up the middle from classmate Jamie Hofstetter (Chester, N.J.) and slipped a shot into the left side of the goal.

Patterson tacked on her team-leading fifth marker with 6:21 remaining. Senior Maggie Godley (North Kingstown, R.I.) sent a service in from the right side to Patterson, who headed the ball into the back of the net.

Senior Bridget McCarthy (Hopkinton, Mass.) made six saves to register her third shutout of the season for Bowdoin. She made a brilliant stop in each half, parrying shots from UNE junior Anna Michaud (Hampden, Maine) over the crossbar twice.

Junior Brielle Robinson (Monson, Mass.) was equally as strong in goal for the Nor’easters, who were outshot 25-9. Robinson finished with a career-best 13 saves, including multiple diving stops of Bowdoin scoring chances.

Bowdoin returns to action Thursday witha4p.m.homematchversusMIT. The Nor’easters are off until Saturday when they head to Nichols College for a Commonwealth Coast Conference match beginning at 3:30 p.m.


Gordon tops UNE in 5-set CCC match

BIDDEFORD — Gordon College claimed the last two sets to come back and defeat the University of New England, 3- 2, in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women’s volleyball action Tuesday evening at the Harold Alfond Forum. Set scores were 22-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, and 15-11.

The Fighting Scots (9-7, 2-1 CCC) edge in front of the Nor’easters (3-5, 1-2 CCC) in the league standings with the result.

Carleigh Petersen (North Hills, Calif.) tallied 22 kills and 14 digs to lead the visitors, while Mackenzie Hinds (Higganum, Conn.) contributed 13 winners. Jenna Labbadia (Berlin, Conn.) added 10 kills, and Renee Cooprider (Hopkinton, Mass.) guided the attack with 53 assists. Cooprider, Maggie Risma (Hudson, Ohio), and Krystal Vander Ark (Santa Barbara, Calif.) each dropped in three service aces to aid the offense. Defensively, Risma collected 30 digs and Vander Ark 17 more.

UNE received 16 kills out of Courtney Lambrese (Cranston, R.I.), and 13 apiece from Grayson Szczepaniak (Lakewood, Ohio) and Erika Sawicki (Wilbraham, Mass.). Like her counterpart, Kristen Falcinelli (Silver Spring, Md.) was credited with 53 assists in support of the attack. The back-line digging efforts included Nikki Mathewson (Merrimack, N.H.) with 17, Falcinellli with 16, Brittany Morrison (Rosemount, Minn.) with 15, and Caitlynn Marcotte (Plaistow, N.H.) at 11.

The Nor’easters led 13-9 in the opening frame, but four winners by Petersen spurred a 10-0 run to swing the advantage towards Gordon. Big Blue got the next four points, though, and still trailed 22-18, before closing with the last seven to get on the board first.

After a couple early ties in the second set, the Fighting Scots built a 9-3 cushion on the way to leveling the match. Petersen notched six kills in each of the initial sessions.

The teams were then separated by no more than three for the entirety of the third stanza, and after trading points from 19-all to 23-all, kills by Szczepaniak and Sawicki moved the hosts back on top. Sawicki racked up seven of her winners in the set.

Gordon was ahead practically all the way in the fourth, and things were still close (17-15) until an 8-3 finish forced the deciding set. Hinds registered three of her six kills in the frame during the closing stretch.

In the fifth set, the Fighting Scots went from 4-1 ahead to down 7-6, but a Risma ace and kill from Hinds put GC up for good at 10-8. Lambrese hit a trio of winners to try and keep the Nor’easters in it over the final points, but UNE could not make up the difference.

Gordon returns home to face Roger Williams University in a conference match on Friday (7 p.m.). UNE is back in action the same day with contests against Bridgewater State University (4 p.m.) and Rhode Island College (8 p.m.) at the twoday Johnson & Wales University Wildcat Classic.

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