BRUNSWICK, ME- After a tight game that remained at a 0-0 standstill until the fourth quarter, the #7 Williams College Ephs (11-2, 7-2 NESCAC) suffered their second loss of the season to NESCAC rival #4 Bowdoin College (13-1, 8-1 NESCAC). The winning goal came in the first minute of the fourth quarter with two quick passes from Emma Stevens and Kara Finnerty that reached Elizabeth Growney who netted the ball at 45:41.
The first quarter began with the Eph defense being tested as the Polar Bear offense came out firing. The Polar Bears brought the ball past the Eph midfield and into the circle where Growney fired her first shot of the day but was cleared by Eph keeper Abby Lloyd '20 (5:22). But Bowdoin kept the pressure on, remaining in the circle and giving Growney the opportunity for another shot at the goal, which Lloyd kicked out into the circle (5:40). A foul on the Ephs gave the Polar Bears a penalty corner and a great scoring opportunity, but the shot from Manveer Sandhu was blocked by the Eph defense (5:43, 5:54).
The Polar Bears threatened late in the quarter with another penalty corner at 12:55, but the shot from Peyton Jackson was stopped by Lloyd (13:01).
Into the second quarter, the Eph offense seemed to find their footing, getting deep into the circle. Emma Ticknor '20 found an opportunity at 20:55 but the shot was deflected by Polar Bear keeper Maddie Ferrucci. The two teams played the rest of the quarter in the midfield, keeping the dangerous offense of both teams away from the circles.
In the third quarter, the Ephs began to pack on the offensive pressure, notching a penalty corner at 35:11. After passing the ball out to Simone Veale '21 at the top of the circle Emily Batchelor '23 placed herself near the goal for the shot but pushed the ball just wide of the net (35:24). Another opportunity came with back to back penalty corners at the 40th minute, but the Ephs were unable to find a shot past the Polar Bear defense. Three minutes later the Ephs had their best opportunity of the quarter with another penalty corner. Batchelor passed to Veale who fired the ball at the net but was deflected by Ferrucci (43:33). Ticknor quickly picked up the rebounded ball and fired a dangerous shot to the right corner that Ferrucci dove in front of just in time (43:40).
The fourth quarter began with the Polar Bear offense taking charge of the ball and rolling down the field to the circle, where they notched the only goal of the game off of the stick of Growney to put Bowdoin up 1-0 (45:41). Undeterred, the Ephs offense fired back with a hard shot from Batchelor at 47:54 that was pushed out by Ferrucci. Keeping the ball in the circle, Batchelor fired another shot that went just wide of the net (51:47).
The Polar Bears had an opportunity to increase their lead with a shot from Emma Stevens at 55:33, but Keeper Lloyd remained steady and deflected the shot away.
The Ephs had a final opportunity with a pass from Ticknor across the circle to Claire Fitzpatrick '21, but Ferrucci laid out to the stop the resounding shot from Fitzpatrick to preserve the Bowdoin lead (59:07).
The loss marked the end of an 11 game winning streak for the Ephs, with Bowdoin now extending their win streak to 10 straight.
The Ephs are back in action tomorrow with a non-conference game at the University of New England at 1 pm.