FROM A MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE RELEASE
MIDDLEBURY, VT – Despite a career-high six-goal performance from junior attacker Alyssa Briody (Hopewell, NJ), the second-seeded and sixth-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team came up just short against fourth-seeded Bowdoin College in the NESCAC Tournament Semifinals on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 15-14 double-overtime heartbreaker. Junior midfielder Taylor White notched the game-winner on a free-position shot with 18 seconds remaining in the second extra period to send the Polar Bears to their first ever NESCAC Tournament final. Bowdoin will meet top-seeded Middlebury College in the championship game tomorrow (Sunday) and noon, with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on the line. Amherst drops to 12-3 on the season and awaits word of a likely at-large bid to the tournament.
Both squads got off to a slow start, as the game got underway with over eight minutes of scoreless play, but White finally got Bowdoin on the board notching an unassisted tally at 21:41. Amherst responded, getting goals from Briody and rookies Mary Noonan (W. Roxbury, MA) and Amy Craig (Denver, CO) to take a 3-1 lead at 15:32. The Polar Bears went on a 3-0 spurt of their own over a minute and a half before another eight-minute lull ensued. Jeff sophomore attacker Maddie Hoeg (Shoreham, NY) knotted the score at 4-4, but Bowdoin scored a pair less than a minute apart to go into the break with a 6-4 advantage.
The Polar Bears notched four unanswered goals, including a pair from senior tri-captain Brooke Nentwig, to start the second half and build a dominating 10-4 lead. The team exchanged the next four goals before Amherst went on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 12. Briody netted a trio of scores in the run, and the Amherst defense was outstanding, holding Bowdoin scoreless for over 16 minutes to allow the offensive thunder. White quenched the drought at 1:37 to put the Polar Bears ahead by one, but Briody converted a free-position shot with just two tics remaining to send the game into overtime.
Bowdoin's Lyndsey Coburn and Jeff tri-captain attacker Scotty Hanley (Sparks, MD) each fired bouncers in the first overtime to keep the score knotted and force a second extra period, where White's late-game heroics secured the sudden-death upset victory.
NESCAC Postseason Tournament Seedings
Quarterfinals – Sunday, April 30 at higher seeds
No. 7 Wesleyan 8 at No. 2 Amherst 17
No. 6 Williams 17 at No. 3 Colby 11
No. 5 Tufts 7 at No. 4 Bowdoin 14
Semifinals – Saturday, May 6 at Middlebury College
No. 6 Williams 14 at No. 1 Middlebury 17
No. 4 Bowdoin 15 vs. No. 2 Amherst 14 (2OT)
Championship – Sunday, May 7 at 12:00 p.m.
No. 4 Bowdoin at No. 1 Middlebury