Jeffs Fall to Bowdoin in NESCAC Quarterfinals, 5-3

Courtesy of Bowdoin College

BRUNSWICK, ME – With a 5-3 loss to second-seeded Bowdoin College in Sunday afternoon's NESCAC Championship quarterfinal round, the seventh-seeded Amherst College women's lacrosse team wraps up its season with a 9-6 overall record.

Bowdoin (14-2) held Amherst to a season-low three goals and McKenna Teague scored three times to lead the Polar Bears at Ryan Field. Teague was the only player to net multiple goals on the afternoon, while Bowdoin netminder Tara Connolly made six saves to seal the win. Amherst goalie MC McClellan '14 (Denver, CO) collected seven saves in the loss for the Jeffs.

Marta Randall '13 (Monkton, MD) scored the game's first goal just 2:38 into the contest, but Bowdoin was able to reply with a Teague tally minutes later to deadlock the score. Teague's second goal of the contest gave the Polar Bears a lead at 11:29, only to see Hillary Densen '13 (Summit, NJ) even things up for the Jeffs moments later on a feed from Allie Horwitz '12 (Woodbridge, CT). 

Bowdoin secured a one-goal halftime edge when Liz Clegg's 21st score of the season put the hosts ahead, 3-2, with 4:28 remaining in the period.

Teague slashed to the goal for her third tally at 23:13 of the second period and Katie Stewart added another goal to push Bowdoin's advantage to 5-2 with 16:03 to play. The Polar Bears held Amherst scoreless for more than 27 minutes until Wyatt Davis '13 (Concord, MA) trimmed the deficit to 5-3 with 11:52 on the clock. Bowdoin clamped down from there, however, as Amherst could garner little possession in the final 10 minutes.

Teague added four ground balls and two draw controls to help the Bowdoin cause. Annelies O'Dea '14 (Pittsford, NY) grabbed a team-high five ground balls for the Jeffs, while Claire Bennett '12 (Westfield, NJ) caused three turnovers. Bowdoin held an 18-12 edge in shots and won seven of 10 draws on the afternoon.

Amherst proved it could play with the best in Division III when the Jeffs upset eighth-ranked Middlebury during the regular season, also falling just shy of handing third-ranked Trinity its first loss of the season just two days ago. Despite another successful year, Amherst will have to wait until next spring to return to action.

NESCAC Championship Quarterfinals
No. 1 Trinity def. No. 8 Williams, 15-6
No. 2 Bowdoin def. No. 7 Amherst, 5-3
No. 3 Colby def. No. 6 Bates, 17-8
No. 5 Tufts def. No. 4 Middlebury, 13-12

Semifinals – Saturday, May 7
(All Games Played at Trinity)
Time TBD -  No. 1 Trinity vs. No. 5 Tufts
Time TBD - No. 2 Bowdoin vs. No. 3 Colby

Championship Game – Sunday, May 8
12 p.m. - Semifinal Winners