AMHERST, Mass. – Katie Riley scored the game-winning goal just 2:13 into overtime to lift No. 3 Bowdoin to a 1-0 win against No. 15 Amherst on Sunday.
Dropping to 7-4, the Jeffs suffered their third overtime loss of the season, having also fallen to No. 8 Tufts and No. 13 Trinity in extra time. Improving to 15-10 all-time against Amherst, Bowdoin extended its win streak to seven, while moving to 11-1 overall. The Polar Bears finished with a decisive 35-4 shot advantage and an 18-2 edge in corners.
Molly Paduda set Brooke Phinney up on a penalty corner, but the shot was saved by goalkeeper Rachel Tannenbaum. Just over 10 minutes later, Colleen Finnerty drew a penalty. Keeping the Jeffs level, the Amherst goalkeeper again came up big, making a diving stop on first-year Rachel Kennedy’s shot. The teams remained scoreless entering the half.
Earning another penalty corner five minutes into the second period, Paduda again played Phinney at the top of the circle, but Tannenbaum made a kick save to deny the goal.
Continuing to control possession over the next 15 minutes, Bowdoin won six more penalty corners, while outshooting Amherst 9-0.
Generating a scoring opportunity in the 63rd minute, Cathleen Smith made a play for the goal, but Annie Turnbull made a defensive save.
Winning a penalty corner at the end of regulation, Phinney and Kennedy got two more shots on target, but Tannenbaum made a pair of saves before Alex Philie cleared the ball out of the circle to force overtime.
Just 2:13 into the extra session, Bowdoin broke through. Phinney fired a shot from the right side toward the cage. Smith picked up the loose ball and slid a pass to Riley, who tapped in the game winner at 72:13.
Despite the loss, Tannenbaum put forth a strong effort in net, logging a season-high 17 saves, while senior counterpart Kayla Lessard made three stops in the shutout win for Bowdoin.