Nov. 13, 2010




Courtesy of Bowdoin Athletics

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Cathleen Smith and Kassey Matoin scored two goals apiece to lead the Bowdoin College field hockey team to a 6-0 win over Babson in an NCAA Second Round contest at Ryan Field on Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bears (17-1) advance to tomorrow's regional final, where they will face the winner of Saturday's late game between Cortland State and Lebanon Valley for a trip to the National Semifinals. The Beavers end their season with 16-6.

Kassey Matoin put Bowdoin on the board first after a pair of unconverted penalty corners for the Poalr Bears. Matoin intercepted a pass on the left wing and carried the ball in on Babson netminder Jess Pashos. She beat Pashos with a shot inside the right post for a one-goal lead less than five minutes into the contest. Ten minutes in, Bowdoin earned a penalty shot after a shot deflected off a Babson defender. Ingrid Oelschlager converted on the attempt to give the Polar Bears a two-goal advantage. Moments later, Cathleen Smith put home a one-time feed from the right wing from Emily French to give the hosts a three-goal lead that they carried into intermission.

Bowdoin wasted little time adding to their lead in the second frame, as Smith redirected an Oelschlager shot less than three minutes in. Matoin recorded her second goal of the game in the 57th minute, tipping home an Ella Curren shot. Michaela Calnan rounded out the scoring for the Polar Bears with a long blast off a pass from Matoin with less than eight minutes to go.

The Polar Bears held a 39-1 edge in shots and 16-2 advantage in penalty corners. Bowdoin's Emily Neilson stopped the only shot she faced for one save while Pashos played valiantly for the Beavers, making 14 saves in the loss.

Bowdoin, who claimed the NCAA Division III Championship in both 2007 and 2008 before missing out on the 2009 tournament, have won nine consecutive NCAA Tournament games and improve to 9-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament games at Ryan Field.