AMHERST, Mass. — Abby Bashaw scored in overtime to lift the Bowdoin College field hockey team to a comeback 2-1 win over host Amherst in the NESCAC opener for both teams on Saturday.

The Polar Bears are 2-0 (1-0 NESCAC) after forcing overtime with a Peyton Jackson goal in the 57th minute. The Mammoths are 1-1 (0-1 NESCAC).

Both goalies made key stops in the first 30 minutes of action as Emilie Flamme had five saves and Maddie Ferrucci a pair of sprawling stops.

Amherst took a 1-0 lead in the third quarter off a penalty corner. Sage Geyer took a shot from the top of the circle and Grace Johnson redirected the ball to Laura Schwartzman on the far post.

With only four minutes remaining on the clock in regulation, Jackson tied the game to force overtime. Manveer Sandhu forced a turnover deep in Amherst territory and forced Flamme to come out and play the ball on a breakaway. Elizabeth Growney tracked down the loose ball and dished to Jackson at the top of the arc for a blast into net.

Bowdoin had three corners in overtime and eventually capitalized to win. After three straight shots and rebounds, Bashaw beat Flamme for the game-winner.

Ferrucci ended the day with five saves. Flamme made eight stops for Amherst.

Bowdoin plays at Bates on Wednesday at 7 p.m.


Bowdoin went 1-2 in its opening weekend of action at the Wesleyan Invitational. 

On Saturday. The Polar Bears split a pair of matches. 

The Polar Bears (1-2) defeated Rhode Island College, 3-0, and lost to host Wesleyan, 3-0. 

In the victory over Rhode Island College, Bowdoin senior Caroline Flaharty became the sixth player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills.

The Polar Bears earned their first win of the year with a 25-11, 25-17, 25-16 victory. Flaharty notched three kills in the opening set to reach the plateau. She joins Christy Jewett, Gillian Page, Kristin Hanczor, Melissa Haskell and Julie Calareso as the only Polar Bears to reach the number.

Adrienne Miller paced Bowdoin with 11 kills and Ella Haugen had 29 assists in the victory for the Polar Bears.

In a 25-18, 25-20, 25-15 loss to the Cardinals, Sophia Paul and Ashley Williams had eight kills each, while Kate Kiser dished out 27 assists. 

On Friday, the Polar Bears dropped their opener to Wellesley in close 3-2 contest. 

The Blue rallied from 2-1 deficit, with the set scores finishing up at 24-26, 25-22, 27-29, 25-15, 17-15 in Wellesley’s favor. 

Flaharty led the Polar Bears with 16 kills and 17 digs.

The Polar Bears will play their home opener on Tuesday night when they host the University of Southern Maine at 7 p.m. inside Morrell Gymnasium.

Men’s soccer

Bowdoin dropped its NESCAC opener, 3-0, at Amherst on Saturday afternoon. 

The Mammoths improved to 2-0 (1-0-0 NESCAC). The Polar Bears dropped to 1-1-0 (0-1-0 NESCAC).

Ada Okorogheye scored at 28:59 with a quick shot from the top of the box into the bottom right corner through traffic.

With three minutes remaining in the opening frame, Amherst doubled its lead with an unassisted tally from Gabe Gitler. A Bowdoin clear attempt ended up at the feet of Gitler who put a shot into the net from 30-yards out.

With 26:14 left in the second half, German Giammattei put a shot into net from point-blank range after Sebastian Derby intercepted the ball at midfield.

Chris Kingston made eight saves in net for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin plays at Husson on Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. start.   

Women’s golf

Bowdoin placed first at its season-opening Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday at Brunswick Golf Club.

The Polar Bears finished first of four teams in the field, posting a team score of  44-over par (332) to out-pace Bates (368), Husson (373) and Trinity (421).

Bowdoin had the top three finishers in the tournament to run away from the field. First-years Abbie Kaestle and Crystal Chong led the way for the Polar Bears. Kaestle posted a 78, while Chong ended at 81. Caroline Farber carded an 83 to take third overall and Emme McCabe finished sixth at 90 to round out the Bowdoin scorers.

Women’s soccer

Bowdoin fell, 1-0, in its NESCAC opener at Amherst on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) surrendered the game-winner with 13 seconds remaining in the first half. The Mammoths are 2-0 with a 1-0-0 record in conference play.

Amherst had five shots in the opening 20 minutes, forcing Penny Rocchio to make a pair of key stops to keep the game scoreless.

The Mammoth goal came as a cross into the box forced Rocchio off her line and Sasha Savitsky poked a shot in the bottom right corner.

Isabel Ball stepped into net in the second half and made two more key saves for the Polar Bears and kept Bowdoin within striking distance early in the frame.

Ball made six saves and Rocchio two. Antonia Tammaro made four saves for Amherst.

Bowdoin hosts Colby in its home opener at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Women’s rugby

The Polar Bears cruised to a season-opening 76-0 victory over Roger Williams on Saturday at Pickard Field.

Bowdoin jumped to a 40-0 first-half lead, including a 21-0 lead in the first 10 minutes, to put the match out of reach early. Scrumhalf Sara Nelson keyed the Polar Bear attack on the day, several of which led to the hands of Sophia Karris, who tallied three tries on the day. Molly Petronzio had five first-half conversion kicks for Bowdoin.

Bowdoin’s defense was led by eight tackles each from Ashlynn Autrey and Jenna Clukey.

The Polar Bears will return to action this upcoming Saturday when they host Colby Sawyer at 1 p.m.

Men’s golf

Bowdoin took fifth place at this weekend’s season-opening Bowdoin Invitational at Brunswick Golf Club. 

The Polar Bears, who were under the direction of new head coach Jay Durfee, finished with a team total of 638 over the two days, just 15 strokes off the winning score of 623 by Nichols College. Husson (631), Southern Maine (632) and Providence (635) rounded out the top five teams along with the Polar Bears in the 15-team field. 

Tom Dunleavy was Bowdoin’s top performer of the weekend, finishing in fifth place with a two-day score of 11-over par 155. Dunleavy had five birdies in his round on Saturday. 

First-year Favian Buswani shot a 76 on day two to vault into a tie for 15th place with a 158, including a 34 on the back-nine on Sunday. Reed Foehl (163) finished 31st, while Jackson Harrower (165) took 40th. Rylan McGinn also finished in the top-50 with a two-day score of 168 in his first collegiate tournament. 

Bowdoin will head to Cumberland on Saturday to compete in the Maine State Tournament hosted at Val Halla Golf Club.

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