Top-ranked Bowdoin blanks Keene St.
Polar Bears win record 13th consecutive NCAA tournament game
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Top-ranked Bowdoin scored three first-half goals in less than eight minutes en route to a 4-0 victory against Keene State in second-round action of the NCAA tournament on Saturday at Ryan Field.
With the win, the unbeaten Polar Bears (18-0) advance to Sunday's regional final against MIT, which defeated Denison 4-1 on Saturday. Bowdoin also established an NCAA Division III record by winning its 13th consecutive game in tournament, breaking the record of 12 formerly held by Salisbury (2003-2005). With the loss the Owls season comes to an end with a record of 20-5.
Katie Herter got Bowdoin going just 10:39 into the contest, putting home a rebound to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Just over three minutes later, McKenna Teague inserted a corner to Ella Curren, who ripped a hard low shot that Cathleen Smith redirected in front at 13:41 to extend the Bowdoin advantage to 2-0. Then, at 18:25, a Keene State defender took down Liz Clegg in the circle to give the Polar Bears a penalty stroke. Katie Herter drilled the ball inside the left post to put the Polar Bears up 3-0. The Owls avoided further damage thanks to an excellent play by defender Kerry Howe, who had a diving defensive save in the opening period.
Clegg rounded out the scoring for Bowdoin with 30:49 remaining. Teague inserted a penalty corner to Curren, who swiftly slid the ball over to a waiting Clegg at the top of the circle. Clegg let loose a bouncing shot that found its way to the back of the net.
Bowdoin owned a 10-1 advantage in penalty corners, allowing just one shot in the game. Kayla Lessard was forced to make one save to earn the Polar Bears' tenth shutout victory of the season. Keene State goalie Catilin Davino-Draper made 12 saves in a losing effort for the Owls.