BRUNSWICK, Maine – The eighth-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team used two goals from Julia Crerend '18 and six saves from Kyra Gardner '18, but a goal by NESCAC rival Bowdoin's Annie Glenn with 2:42 left in overtime lifted the Polar Bears to a thrilling and hard-fought, 7-6 win Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field in Brunswick, Maine.
With the loss, Amherst begins its season 0-1 overall, 0-1 in NESCAC play, while Bowdoin starts its campaign, 1-0 overall, 1-0 in league action. Amherst returns to action Wednesday, March 8 when it travels to Keene State College for a 6 p.m. tilt.
Bowdoin started the game on the front foot as Mettler Growney capitalized on a free position shot at the 24:13 mark to make it 1-0 in favor of the Polar Bears. Amherst answered with three straight goals as Claire Cagnassola '17 won the ensuing draw control and fired in a marker to even the game at 1-1. Kelly Karczewski '18 then found the back of the net on a feed from Mary Grace Cronin '18 to make it 2-1, before Kate Wyeth '17 scored a free position shot to lift the lead to 3-1 with 3:50 to play in the first half.
Bowdoin then struck for three late first half goals as Kelsey Gallagher scored the first goal in the stretch, and then dished out assists to Allison Williams and Hannah Hirschfeld. Hirschfeld assisted Gallagher's shot as the Polar Bears took a 4-3 lead at intermission.
Bowdoin notched the first goal of the second half as Hirschfeld scored a free position shot, before Crerend and Hanna Krueger '17 responded with back-to-back tallies to even the contest at 5-5 with 16:18 remaining in regulation. At the 9:02 mark Gloria Zhao scored a man-up free position goal to give the Polar Bears a 6-5 edge, before Crerend delivered the game-tying goal with 1:18 on the clock on a feed from Annie Cohen '19 to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, Amherst had the first look at the game-winning goal as Cagnassola broke free but sent a shot just wide of net at the 2:46 mark. Seconds later, Glenn provided the game-winning score for the hosts.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Amherst outshot Bowdoin, 25-18 (20-13 on goal) in the contest.
- Cagnassola notched five draw controls, while Krueger chipped in two draw controls and caused four turnovers.
- Crerend, Kate Burns '19 and Cagnassola each registered two ground balls for Amherst, while Kat Krieg '20 forced three opponent turnovers in the losing effort.
- Bowdoin was led by Hirschfeld who secured four ground balls, while Halsey McKinney caused three turnovers.
- Caroline Maxwell added three ground balls for the Polar Bears in the win, while Kayli Weiss made 14 saves to seal the win between the pipes.