BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates field hockey team played host and No. 10 nationally ranked Bowdoin closely but not enough for the win, as the 10th-ranked Polar Bears used three first-half goals to capture a 4-2 NESCAC victory Wednesday night.
Bates (0-2, 0-2 NESCAC) will play its third nationally ranked NESCAC opponent in as many games this season on Saturday at No. 8 Tufts, with a 12pm start.
Bowdoin (3-0, 2-0 NESCAC) took the lead 10:52 into the game. Elle Brine sent a corner insert up to Elizabeth Bennewitz, who swept the ball back to the post. Brine tipped in her first goal of the season.
Bates tied the game at 1-1 10 minutes later on a penalty corner. Senior Emma Patterson (Denver, Colo.) pushed the ball into play and later swept the ball from the near post for her first goal this season.
Bowdoin regained the lead two minutes later, however, as Emma Stevens tipped in a deflected ball from Kara Finnerty.
Finnerty added an unassisted goal with 10 minutes remaining in the half, collecting her own rebound and putting the ball in net for a 3-1 Bowdoin lead.
The Bobcats came out charging in the second half and cut Bowdoin's lead to 3-2 two minutes in. Again, on a corner, Bates converted as first-year Riley Burns (Sterling, Mass.) slid a pass to junior Grace Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.), who blasted the ball into the cage for her second goal in as many games. Burns earned her first collegiate point on the play.
Ten minutes into the half, Bennewitz lined up a shot from the top, off a feed from Brine.
Bowdoin held an 18-8 edge in shots, but both teams earned seven corners. Bates senior goalie Adelae Durand (Cumberland, R.I.) made four saves in her start before giving way to first-year Ellie Bauer (Denver, Colo.), who made three stops. Maddie Ferrucci made a pair of saves for Bowdoin.