BRUNSWICK, ME – Junior Alyssa Briody (Hopewell, NJ) scored with 2:19 remaining to pull within one, but the Amherst women's lacrosse team couldn't find the equalizer before time expired, and the No. 7 Jeffs fell at sixth-ranked Bowdoin College, 10-9. Amherst drops to 3-1 (0-1 NESCAC), while the Polar Bears remain undefeated at 7-0 (2-0 NESCAC).
Bowdoin scored the first three goals of the game, jumping out to a 6-2 edge with five minutes remaining in the first session on the strength of two goals each from juniors Kate Donoghue and Taylor White and sophomore Bridget Keating. Amherst went on run near the end of the period, as Briody fed rookie Mary Noonan (West Roxbury, MA) and Liz Wise netted an unassisted tally with 27 ticks remaining to cut the Polar Bear lead to 7-4 going into the break.
Briody added two unassisted scores of her own in the opening four minutes of the second stanza to slice the edge to 7-6. The squads traded goals for the remainder of the half, but Amherst could never notch a tying tally, despite a flurry of shots on Polar Bear rookie goalie Stephanie Collins-Finn.
Briody led the Amherst attack with four goals and an assist, while Noonan added a pair of tallies. Wise, senior tri-captain Scotty Hanley (Sparks, MD) and rookie Amy Craig also scored for the Jeffs. Junior Rachel Lewis (Denver, CO) picked up four ground balls and classmate Lauren Dudley (Baltimore, MD) added a game-high three draw controls. Sophomore netminder Linda McEvoy (Rochester, NY) turned away 11 shots.
Amherst returns to action Wednesday at NESCAC rival Trinity College at 5 p.m.