Nov. 7, 2010

Courtesy of Bowdoin Athletics

MEDFORD, Mass. - Senior co-captain Ingrid Oelschlager scored twice as the Bowdoin College field hockey team reclaimed the NESCAC title after a one-year absence in an impressive 3-0 win over Tufts on Sunday. The Polar Bears (16-1), winners of six NESCAC Championships, have won four of the last five conference titles and will earn the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament when pairings are announced on Monday.

Tufts (15-2), playing in its third straight NESCAC final, will likely earn an NCAA at-large berth.

After trading early scoring chances, Bowdoin scored the all-important first goal when Liz Clegg crossed the ball and first year Olivia King slapped it into the right corner of the cage with 15:29 on the clock. Less than 10 minutes later Clegg would assist on a similar goal. Her cross to Oelschlager went in at 6:40 to help Bowdoin take a 2-0 advantage into halftime. The visitors were also up 9-2 in shots and 4-1 in corners for the first 35 minutes.

After an early save by Neilson on a Tufts shot by senior Melissa Burke in the second half, Bowdoin extended its lead to 3-0 at the 28-minute mark. Senior Michaela Calnan's pass was slammed home by Oelschlager for her second score of the game.

The Jumbos responded with good offensive pressure, earning three consecutive corners. However, they could not get a solid scoring opportunity out of any of them. With a three-goal lead, the Polar Bears ratcheted up on defense and eventually earned their 11th shutout of the year. It was the first time the Jumbos have been shut out this season.

The three goals by Bowdoin were the most against Tufts since the Polar Bears won the 2008 NCAA Championship Game played between the two teams 3-2 in overtime. Bowdoin finished with a 16-8 advantage in shots Saturday, and 7-6 in corners. Both Neilson and Tufts junior goalie Marianna Zak made five saves.