Brunswick, Maine - Two penalty corners sail wide as time expired, and the #4 Bowdoin College Polar Bears defeat the #18 Colby College Mules in a NESCAC battle. Bowdoin improves to 12-1 and Colby falls to 8-5.
The Mules got off to a fast start when leading scorer Georgia Cassidy (photo inset) hit the back of the cage less than two minutes into play. That would be Colby's only shot in the first 30 minutes as Bowdoin flipped the field and held the advantage in shots (8-1) and corners (7-0). The Polar Bears closed out the first quarter with two goals, first by Manveer Sandhu at 11:34 followed by Kara Finnerty three minutes later. Emily Buckman started in goal for the Mules, but newcomer Savannah Shaw entered in the second quarter and turned away all three shots she faced to keep Colby in the game.
In the second half, the Mules held Bowdoin to only one shot and without a penalty corner while they consistently mounted pressure. The game came down to the wire, and in actuality past the wire. As time expired, Colby was awarded a penalty corner, which had to be played out until there was a goal, the ball went out of play, the defense cleared the ball out of the circle, or another penalty extends the game. As the Mules pressed the play into action, the Polar Bear defense stiffened and it appeared the ball would be cleared. However, another corner was awarded and extended the match for another play. On the next and final corner attempt, the Mules kept punching the ball toward the net, but the deflected shot trickled wide right of the cage (cover photo of Lauren Walter serving the corner).
With one NESCAC match remaining ((Tuesday November 29, hosting #16 Bates College at 6:00 PM), Colby is assured a birth in the conference playoff and is also assured to be on the road. The Mules are next in action this Thursday when they host Husson University at 5:00 PM.
(photo courtesy of Calvin Wetmore '20)