Biddeford, Maine – Sophomore Isabelle Sennett tallied five scores in a career day as the No. 13 Amherst College women's lacrosse team used a well-balanced attack to pot eight goals in each half and edge No. 14 Bowdoin College, 16-12 Saturday afternoon at the University of New England's Blue Bolt Field.
With the win, Amherst improves to 2-1 on the season and to 1-1 in league play, while Bowdoin suffers its first loss on the year and falls to 1-1 overall (1-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the field tomorrow, Sunday, March 10 when they host No. 18 Williams Smith in a 2 p.m. non-conference clash.
Opening the contest on a 3-0 run, Sennett kicked off scoring for the Mammoths with an unassisted effort 2:20 into the battle before Annie Cohen '19 and Claire Dunbar '21 dished out helpers to Katherine Malone '20 and Hannah Gustafson '21 at the 26:14 and 22:11 marks, respectively.
Getting the Polar Bears on the board, Katie Miller sent an unassisted score past the Amherst keeper with 21:30 on the clock before Leah Ritterband '21 countered 22 seconds later with an assist from Sennett.
Free position goals by Bowdoin's Fiona Bundy and Amherst's Dunbar pushed the score to 5-2 before Ritterband logged her second goal of the game at the 15:57 mark while up a player to put the Mammoths ahead by four.
The final 15 minutes of the first half saw the Polar Bears outscore the Mammoths 4-2 to set the score at 8-6 at intermission, with goals from Bowdoin's Kara Finnerty, Sophia Lubrano, Eliza Denious and Miller sandwiching scores by Sennett and Sabrina Solow '19.
Potting the first score after the break, Lindsey Call'19 powered a free position shot into the nylon 51 seconds into the second half before back-to-back goals from Bundy cut the Polar Bears deficit to 9-8.
That was as close as Bowdoin got to claiming a lead in the 60 minute matchup, with Amherst outscoring the home team 7-4 through the final 26:43.
Sennett and Call struck with unassisted goals at the 26:43 and 25:07 marks, before Bundy tallied her fourth score of the day with 23:12 on the clock on a free positon shot.
Sennett responded three minutes later, sending a pass from Maia Noyes '21 over the goal line before Bundy netted another free position score to make it 12-10.
Going on a 3-0 run to take a five-goal lead with 8:31 remaining, Malone, Noyes and Gustafson each added markers to the board.
Elizabeth Growney and Miller tallied what stood as Bowdoin's final two goals with time winding down, before Sennett sealed the Mammoths 16-12 victory with a goal with 2:09 on the clock.
BY THE NUMBERS
- In between the pipes, Talia Land '20 (2-1) registered nine saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Erin Morrissey (1-1) made 13 stops for Bowdoin in the loss.
- Sennett paced the Amherst offense with five goals on seven shots, while Malone, Ritterband, Call and Gustafson each potted two scores. Noyes's three ground balls led the Mammoths, while Ritterband picked up a team-high four draw controls.
- Bundy went a perfect five-for-five on shots to headline the Polar Bears' attack, while Miller added three scores. Miller and Morgan Pinado impressed with nine and eight draw controls, respectively, while Caroline Maxwell led all players with two caused turnovers.
- Amherst held the edge in shots, 33-29 and went a 2-for-2 on free position attempts and 14-of-17 on clears, while Bowdoin owned the advantage in draw controls, 21-9, and ground balls, 13-12, while finishing 6-for-10 on free positon opportunities and 8-for-10 on clears.