The Bowdoin College field hockey team extended its season opening win streak with a 3-0 midweek win over Bates Wednesday night.

The top-ranked Polar Bears have not surrendered a goal in back-to-back New England Small College Athletic Conference contests and improved to 3-0 (2-0 NESCAC). The Bobcats (2-1, 1-1 NESCAC) suffered their first loss after fending off Hamilton in a 4-3 conference opener.

Bowdoin got on the board 7:19 into the game as Emily McColgan moved the ball down the left side and pushed a hard shot towards net. Johna Cook tipped it past Alyssa Souza.

Two minutes later Kimmy Ganong finished off a feed from Mettler Growney to double the Polar Bears lead. Growney worked the ball from the top of the circle and dished a reverse stick pass to Ganong, who stood just left of the stroke line for a finish.

Ganong tallied the team’s final goal midway through the second half, deflecting a drive from the top by Elizabeth Bennewitz.

Bowdoin out-shot Bates by a 9-2 margin with an 8-0 edge in corners. Souza ended the day with three saves for the Bobcats. Clara Belitz stopped a pair of shots in 60:23 of play before Liz Rill came in to close out the game.

Bowdoin heads to Connecticut to play Wesleyan at noon on Saturday.

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