March 26, 2011

Late Rally Thwarts Amherst, Lifts Bowdoin

from press release

- The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team used a late four-goal rally to stun Amherst, 9-8, on Saturday afternoon in a battle of nationally-ranked squads. The 15th-ranked Polar Bears improve to 4-1 (2-1 NESCAC) while the 18th-ranked Jeffs dip to 3-2 (1-2 NESCAC).

Bowdoin's Carolyn Gorajek recorded four goals and an assist, while Elizabeth Clegg scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Polar Bears. Amherst sophomore Marta Randall tallied four goals and an assist.

The Polar Bears carried a 5-2 lead into halftime thanks to a pair of Katy Dissinger goals late in the opening half. But Amherst stormed back with a five-goal run to open the second period, thanks to four scores from Randall, to take a 7-5 advantage with 11:30 to play.

Bowdoin rebounded and, after Clegg made it a 7-6 game, Gorajek notched a pair of unassisted goals in a span of 40 seconds. Celeste Swain got into the scoring mix on an assist from Olivia King, giving the visitors a 9-7 lead with 6:56 remaining. A late goal from Amherst's Kelley Trapp again cut the Bowdoin lead to one with 39 seconds to play, but Bowdoin won the ensuing draw control and time ran out on the Amherst comeback bid.

Tara Connolly made four saves in net for Bowdoin, who held a 21-16 edge in shots and a 12-7 lead in draw controls. The Polar Bears were also a perfect 10-10 in defensive clears on the afternoon.

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