Courtesy of Bowdoin Sports Information
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The 12th-ranked Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team scored eight goals in the second half to defeat top-ranked Amherst College Saturday at Ryan Field, 10-6.
The Jeffs, who rose to the national No. 1 ranking last week, fall to 2-1 on the year and 1-1 in the NESCAC, while the Polar Bears improve to 3-0 this season and 2-0 in league play.
Amherst was led by senior Meghan Mills' three goals, while Rachel Passarelli '16 added two. Priscilla Tyler '15 collected a game-high five draw controls, and Hanna Krueger '17 had two caused turnovers and picked up two grounds balls. Goaltender Christy Forrest '16 had 10 saves for the Jeffs.
Isabel Sippel stopped 11 shots in net for Bowdoin, including nine in the second half when the Polar Bears began their decisive run. Lindsay Picard led the home team with three goals, while Emma Beecher had two and an assist. Kelsey Gallagher also had two goals for Bowdoin, who got three ground balls from Grace DeWald.
Both teams struggled to get their offenses on track in the opening period. Passarelli scored with 9:10 remaining in the frame to give the Jeffs a 3-2 advantage at the break. The teams traded goals to open the second period before the Polar Bears rolled off five straight goals to take command. Beecher scored two early goals in the half for Bowdoin and Picard found the net three times during the decisive surge as the Polar Bears built an 8-4 lead with under nine minutes to go. After Krueger trimmed the lead to 8-5 with 8:22 remaining, Bowdoin answered with goals from Clare McLaughlin and Megan O'Connor to squelch all comeback hopes for the Jeffs.
Bowdoin was a perfect 19-19 in clears on the afternoon while Amherst went 13-21. The Jeffs had 17 turnovers in the contest and Bowdoin held a 28-20 advantage in shots.
The Jeffs return to action Thursday, March 12 and will host Springfield College. The non-conference matchup is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.