Oct. 31, 2009

Courtesy of Tufts

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Tufts University field hockey team scored a pair of second-half goals to take a 2-0 victory over Bowdoin in the regular season finale for both teams on Friday. The fifth-ranked Jumbos, who already had secured the second seed in the conference tournament, improve to 13-1 (8-1 NESCAC) while the 12th-ranked Polar Bears dip to9-5 (4-5 NESCAC) and grabbed the sixth seed.

Tufts will host Wesleyan in a first-round game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. while Bowdoin will travel to Amherst for a 1:00 p.m. opening round game on November 1.

After a scoreless first period, Tufts notched an early tally in the second period to grab the lead. In transition, Tamara Brown looked to feed a pass to a teammate on the far post, but a Bowdoin defender reached to block it, deflecting it past goaltender Emily Neilson and into the cage for a 1-0 lead. The Jumbos extended their lead late in the half, when a penalty shot was awarded to Margi Scholtes. Scholtes deposited a shot inside the left post, tipping off the pads of Neilson into the net to close out the scoring.

Neilson ended with four saves for Bowdoin while Marianna Zak stopped one shot in goal for the Jumbos.