Field hockey successful in double header
The Bowdoin Women's Field Hockey Team displayed its strength and versatility
with wins in both games of a double header this weekend. A dominating
4-0 shutout over the M.I.T. Engineers kicked off the season, and was followed
by a 2-1 defeat of Wheaton.
Christening Howard F. Ryan '28 Field last Saturday with the surface's
first game, the Lady Polar Bears put forth their best effort to come out
Eighteen minutes into the first half, she pounded the ball into M.I.T's
net off an assist from captain Alison Scaduto '02, earning the bragging
right of the newly dedicated Astroturf field's first scored goal.
With only three minutes remaining in the half, sophomore Amanda Burrage
boosted the lead to 2-0 off a pass from Beth Sherman '02.
During halftime, the Bowdoin women reviewed what they had focused on
during preseason and "talked about not letting them [MIT] back in
the game and expanding our lead," Kuriloff said.
The second half was simlarly strong for the women. The Bears' forward
line put in two unassisted goals, with Leah McClure '03 and first-year
Colleen McDonald leading the Bears to the final 4-0 score over the Engineers.
Employed in net were sophomores Gillian McDonald and Kristin Pollock,
who combined for four saves and held MIT scoreless.
On Sunday, the Bowdoin women traveled to Norton, Massachusetts for a
non-conference game. The Bears were triumphant again, defeating Wheaton
College with a score of 2-1.
Forwards Kuriloff and Marissa O'Neil '05 used teamwork twice to score
in the first half. Both tallied one goal and one assist each in the matchup.
Captain Heather Nicholson '02 also commented on the change of fields
and its effect on the team's game. "Most of us hadn't played on the
grass since last season, but the skills came right back," she said.
In the second half, Wheaton managed to sneak one by goaltender McDonald,
bringing the score to 2-1. The game concluded at the same total, and McDonald
finished with eight saves.
The Lady Polar Bears have another double-header set for this weekend,
and both games will be played at home. On Saturday, the women will match
up with Williams, the only team to conquer Bowdoin in the regular 2000
season. Sunday will bring yet another tough opponent, as Wesleyan was
the ECAC championship team last year.
"They are two skilled, tough teams, but we are definitely ready
for the challenge and confident in our own abilities," Nicholson
said. "We are going to take our game to them right from the first