Wellesley Hands Bowdoin a One-Goal Defeat

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Jenny Holland scored the game-winning goal for Wellesley with 1:46 remaining to give the Blue a 9-8 win over Bowdoin on Thursday afternoon. The Polar Bears fall to 6-6 this season with their fourth one-goal loss of the campaign.

Tied 6-6 at the half, Wellesley needed just :51 seconds in the second period to take a 7-6 lead on a goal from first-year Meredith Roy. Kate Cushing would add another free position score at 27:57 to push the Blue margin to 8-6, and match the largest lead by either team in the contest.

Bowdoin answered back just over a minute later, when Katie Stewart netted her fourth score of the contest to narrow the gap to one. After over 12 minutes of scoreless action, Bowdoin's Ingrid Oelschlager found the back of the net to tie the contest at 8-8 with 14:45 to play. After the score, the Polar Bears pushed back, outshooting the Blue, 5-0, over the next 10 minutes of play. However, Wellesley keeper Mary Mattia saved all five shots to preserve the tie.

At 3:45, the Blue had an opportunity to take the lead on a free position attempt, but Bowdoin goalie Steph Collins-Finn made her 10th save of the game to keep the score at 8-8. Wellesley finally broke through with 1:46 to play when Holland netted her fourth score of the contest to give the Blue a 9-8 advantage.

Wellesley's Loretta White won the ensuing draw, but a turnover caused by Bowdoin's Becca Austin gave the Polar Bears the ball with just over a minute remaining. In the waning seconds of the game, a Bowdoin shot that went wide, along with a turnover, sealed the upset victory for Wellesley.

Stewart led Bowdoin with four goals while Elizabeth Clegg added two scores. Oeslschlagger and Katy Dissinger each chipped in with solo goals to pace the Polar Bears. Defensively, Emily French and Dissinger recorded four ground balls apiece while Austin caused three turnovers.

Collins-Finn finished the afternoon with 10 saves between the pipes for Bowdoin. Overall, Bowdoin held a slim 27-24 advantage in shots and a 19-13 advantage in ground balls, but Wellesley was stronger off the draw, with a 14-5 advantage in draw controls.

2009-04-10



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