Top 10 roundup
Horwitz makes four saves in Amherst's shutout; Polar Bears win
No. 3 Bowdoin 9, Hamilton 1
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin kicked off homecoming weekend with a 9-1 victory against visiting Hamilton this afternoon.
The Polar Bears improve to 9-1 (5-1 NESCAC) with their 38th consecutive home win, dating back to 2010. Hamilton falls to 3-6 (1-5 NESCAC) but scored its first goal in program history against the Polar Bears in the final two minutes of Saturday's contest.
Rachel Kennedy, Liz Znamierowski, and Emily Simonton each tallied two goals for the Polar Bears in Saturday's matchup, with Kennedy starting the team off at 24:07. Bowdoin scored three goals, including Kennedy's, within a six-minute stretch as Katie Riley and Simonton followed up with two more. With 10 minutes remaining in the half, Kennedy received the ball from Simonton to put Bowdoin up 4-0. Znamierowski finished up the Polar Bears' first-half scoring with just 14 seconds remaining to send Bowdoin into halftime leading 5-0.
Bowdoin's offense picked right back up in the opening minutes of the second half, as Simonton notched her second goal of the afternoon just 2:30 into the half. Pam Herter buried a crossing pass from Kimmy Ganong off the left post, to extend Bowdoin's lead to 7-0 with 10 minutes remaining. Hamilton had no time to regroup as Znamierowski charged down the field and drew the goalie in a one-on-one only 30 seconds later. The Polar Bears received their final goal from Emily McColgan with an assist from Alexa Baumgartner. The Continentals capitalized on a breakaway play by Merisa Dion running down the left side and engaging Bowdoin's Liz Rill. With Rill out of the play and the ball about to roll over the end line, Dion dove to redirect the loose ball into Bowdoin's cage with less than two minutes remaining.
No. 5 Tufts 4, Connecticut College 2
MEDFORD, Mass. -- Sophomore Dakota Sikes-Keilp scored two goals as Tufts earned a 4-2 NESCAC win against Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.
The Camels fall to 3-5 overall and 1-4 in conference play while the Jumbos improve to 9-1 and 6-1 in NESCAC.
Connecticut College got on the board first at the 7:53 mark when Laura Sanderson sent the rebound off her initial shot past the Tufts keeper.
Down 1-0, Sikes-Keilp tied the game off a corner from Brittany Norfleet that she blasted from the top of the circle that beat the goalkeeper. Tufts took advantage of a corner with 25 seconds remaining in the first half as senior Chelsea Yogerst tipped in a shot by senior Stephanie Wan, giving the Jumbos a 2-1 lead at halftime.
Sophomore Rachel Terveer added a goal followed by Sikes-Keilp's 13th score of the season as the Jumbos scored twice in two minutes for a 4-1 lead with 25 minutes remaining in the game.
The Camels continued their pressure down field and made it a 4-2 game after Sanderson scored unassisted on a shot that went over the head of the Tufts keeper in the 54th minute.
The Jumbos finished with a 22-5 advantage in shots and 9-4 in corners. Becca Napolitano made 11 saves in net for the Camels. Junior Brianna Keenan turned away two shots for the win in goal.
No. 6 Middlebury 5, Trinity (Conn.) 0
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury broke open a 1-0 game with four goals in less than 20 minutes in the second half on its way to a 5-0 victory against Trinity (Conn.) (5-5, 3-4). The Panthers move to 9-2 overall, 5-2 in NESCAC play.
Middlebury scored on its first corner of the game, as Catherine Fowler worked a give-and-go with Elinore O’Brien, resulting in Fowler’s team-leading 12th of the season. The first half ended with an 11-0 shots advantage for the Panthers, but just a 1-0 lead.
The Panthers scored twice in a 2:40 span early in the second half to take a 3-0 lead. Katherine Theiss tallied on a rebound after a shot from Bridget Instrum had been saved, before Hannah Deoul found the back of the cage on a rebound after a Fowler shot had been stopped.
The Bantams had a pair of corners and then nearly got on the board at 55:50, but Paige Duke’s breakaway shot was denied by Emily Knapp who came out to challenge the play.
Instrum scored on a corner with O’Brien earning her second assist of the game at 55:50 to make it a 4-0 game. Fowler wrapped up the scoring at 61:37 with a penalty stroke, netting her NESCAC-leading 13th of the year.
No. 10 Amherst 1, Colby 0
WATERVILLE, Maine -- Sara Culhane scored the Jeffs' lone goal to lead Amherst to a 1-0 win against Colby on Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.
The Jeffs won their sixth consecutive game against Colby and have won eight consecutive this season as they improve to 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the NESCAC. The Mules, who were receiving votes in the national poll, fall to 5-4 overall and 2-4 in league play.
Krista Zsitvay had the assist on the goal when her hard shot was deflected away by Colby goaltender Sarah Evans. The rebound went directly to Culhane as she got off a quick shot for the goal with 4:44 left until halftime.
Jeff goaltender Emily Horwitz had four saves for the shutout.