Second Half Rally Pushes No. 4 Mammoths Past No. 5 Bowdoin and Into NESCAC Semis

Second Half Rally Pushes No. 4 Mammoths Past No. 5 Bowdoin and Into NESCAC Semis

AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths came storming back from a two-goal deficit at intermission with a big eight-goal second half rally, as the fourth-seeded Amherst College women's lacrosse team edged fifth-seeded Bowdoin, 12-9 Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.

With the win, Amherst improves to 12-4 on the season, while Bowdoin drops to 9-7 overall. Amherst returns to action next Saturday, May 4 when they take on top-seeded Middlebury (15-1) in a NESCAC Semifinals clash at 12 p.m. 

Holding momentum through the first 10 minutes of action, Amherst jumped out to a 3-1 lead over the visitors. 

Becky Kendall '22 opened scoring at the 27:49 mark, with Claire Dunbar '21 finding the first-year all alone on the far post for the score. 

Katie Miller responded three minutes later for the Polar Bears, splitting two defenders and sending a shot into the top right corner for an unassisted marker.

Countering with back-to-back goals, Hannah Gustafson '21 connected with Isabelle Sennett '21 cutting to net at the 21:20 mark, before Hannah Fox '20 netted her first of six goals on the day 18 seconds later.

Holding Amherst to one more score in the first half while adding five goals to the board, Bowdoin owned a 6-4 lead at the break. 

A free position goal by Fiona Bundy and an unassisted score by Sophia Lubrano in the 11th minute locked the sides in a 3-3 tie, before Fox gave the home team their final lead before intermission with unassisted laser through the five-hole with 18:45 on the clock. 

Tallying three scores down the stretch, Eliza Denious and Katie Miller (2) beat the Amherst netminder to give the Polar Bears a two-goal cushion.

Hot out of the gate after halftime, the Mammoths retook control with a 5-0 run in a nine-minute span that featured four free positon goals to put the home team back on top, 9-6.

Dunbar sparked the Mammoths run 45 seconds into the half, spinning around a defender and ripping a low shot into the nylon before Fox (2), Maia Noyes '21 and Dunbar each converted on free position shots. 

Bundy halted Amherst's unanswered stretch with an unassisted score with 19:41 on the clock as she wrapped around the cage and sent a bounce shot over the goal line.

Fox responded with her fifth goal of the battle just over a minute later, juking around a defender and sending a snipe into the top corner. 

The sides went tit-for-tat through the final 17:55, with Miller and Maggie Savage notching goals for Bowdoin and Rebecca Wistreich '21 and Fox logging scores for the Mammoths as Amherst clinched the 12-9 victory.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • In between the pipes, Talia Land '20 (12-4) registered 11 saves in the winning effort for Amherst, while Erin Morrissey (8-6) made 10 stops in 51:11 in the loss for Bowdoin.
  • The Mammoths owned the advantage in shots (31-16) and draw controls (15-8) and went 4-for-6 on free position shots, while the Polar Bears held the edge in ground balls (22-17) and finished 2-for-5 on free position opportunities.
  • Fox led all players with six goals, while Land and Fox lead the home team with four ground ball pickups each. Noyes' seven draw controls and four caused turnovers were contest-highs.
  • Miller's four goals paced the Polar Bear's attack, while Paige Brown's five ground balls led all players. Kara Finnerty led Bowdoin in draw controls with three, while Kate McAloon and Brown each had three caused turnovers.