Bowdoin Holds Off Conn. College Polar Bears advance to finals for second time

AMHERST, Mass. -- Sophomore Adrienne Gratry (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Heather Hawes (Westport, Mass.) accounted for eight of Bowdoin's 11 goals while freshman goalie Bowen Holden (Lincoln, Mass.) made 16 saves, helping the Polar Bears defeat Connecticut College in one semifinal game of the ECAC women's lacrosse tournament at Amherst College. Bowdoin (9-4) will make its second-ever appearance in the finals tomorrow against host Amherst at 1:00pm.

Meghan Welch (Framingham, Mass.) and Christine Seta (Honolulu, Hawaii) gave Conn. College (9-6) an early 2-1 lead with 18:22 left in the first half. Bowdoin rattled off six unanswered goals -- four by Hawes and two more by Gratry -- to take a 7-2 lead into the intermission.

Lael Byrnes (Salem, N.H.) opened the second half with another goal for the Polar Bears to push the lead to 8-2. The Camels rallied, scoring three goals in a 1:59 span early in the second frame and then chipped away at the lead to cut the margin to 10-8 on an Annie Peller (Northfield, Mass.) tally with 5:13 remaining in the game.

Gratry finally snapped a 17:41 drought for Bowdoin on a breakaway with 4:34 left in the game as she beat Conn. College goalie Holly Johnson (Acton, Mass.) over her left shoulder for an 11-8 lead. Jess Bell (Boston, Mass.) scored a goal with 1:30 left for the 11-9 final. Johnson made 11 saves in the losing effort.

Bowdoin's only appearance in the finals of the ECAC tournament came in 1994 while Amherst is the defending ECAC Champion.

Bowdoin, 11-9
at Amherst, Mass. - ECAC Tournament Semifinals
Conn. College (9-6)             2       7 -- 9
Bowdoin (9-4)                   7       4 -- 11

(CC) - Anna Wilson 2, Annie Peller 2, Kim-An Hernandez 2, Jess Bell, Christine Seta, Meghan Welch.
(B) - Adrienne Gratry 4, Heather Hawes 4, Brooke Goodchild, Lael Byrnes.

(CC) - Alicia Doughty 2, Peller.
(B) - Goodchild, Hawes, Kristen Doughty, Byrnes.

(CC) - Holly Johnson 11.
(B) - Bowen Holden 16.


Taken from a Bowdoin College press release