#8 Bowdoin College 16 Connecticut College 12 Navoni Nets Six Goals as Improving Camels Keep it Close with Polar Bears

#8 Bowdoin College 16 Connecticut College 12 Navoni Nets Six Goals as Improving Camels Keep it Close with Polar Bears

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Junor Hannah Hirschfeld (Concord, N.H.) and Kara Finnerty (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored five goals each to lead number eight Bowdoin College to a 16-12 victory against and improving Connecticut College squad in the Whaling City today. 

The Polar Bears improved their record to 8-2 with a 5-2 mark in the NESCAC. The Camels, who played their second straight close battle to a top 10 rival this week, fell to 1-8 (0-6 NESCAC).

Sophomore Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) had another huge day for the hosts, exploding with six goals and three ground balls. 

Hirschfeld and Finnerty both had assists to lead the visitors with six points each. Senior Kelsey Gallagher (Belle Mead, N.J.) chipped in with three goals and an assist for the winning side. Annie Glenn (Salt Lake City, Utah) tallied two goals and two assists. Kayli Weiss (Longmont, Colo.) turned aside nine shots in goal for the Polar Bears.

Senior Hannah Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) registered two goals and two assists in the setback for the Camels on her senior day.  Julia Loesch (Charlotte, N.C.) had three assists. Jackie Cooney (San Rafael, Calif.) impressed with two assists and two ground balls. Meghan Raskin (Westwood, Mass.) made two saves in the first half. Megan Mullin (Sudbury, Mass.) made six saves in relief duty. 

Bowdoin took a 10-5 lead in the opening half when Mettler Growney (New Canaan, Conn.) assisted Finnerty for a goal with 2:21 remaining in the stanza. But the Camels ended the half with a pair of goals.  Lacey Hale (Winchester, Mass.) put in a runner with 19.3 seconds left. On the ensuing draw, Barker won the possession and cycled the ball ahead to Loesch who assisted Navoni for a goal in an unsettled situation with 8.6 second left to make it a 10-7 game at the break.

The Camels continued to battle back at the opening of the second half. Goals by Navoni and Tina Balzotti (Duxbury, Mass.) trimmed the deficit to one. Then, with 24:20 remaining, Navoni netted the equalizer when she one-time one past Weiss with Cooney assisting to make it a 10-10 game. 

But Bowdoin answered the Camels' 5-0 run with five straight goals of their own. Hirschfeld scored three of her five goals during the rally and capped the run when she assisted Finnerty for another Polar Bear Score with 9:20 remaining.

Kirby Heffrin (Marblehead, Mass.) and Navoni scored the next two goals to pull the Camels to within three but it was not quite enough and the visitors were able to hang on for the 16-12 win.