March 17, 2012

No. 16 Amherst Beats No. 5 Bowdoin

from press release

- The 16th-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team held off a late charge from fifth-ranked Bowdoin, notching a 8-5 win over the Polar Bears on Gooding Field Saturday afternoon.

Snapping a three-game skid to Bowdoin (2-1, 1-1 NESCAC), the Jeffs secured their first victory over the Polar Bears since 2009, while improving to 2-1 (2-1 NESCAC) on the young season.

Hoping to stake Amherst to an early lead, Marta Randall put the home team on the board less than five minutes after the opening whistle, converting a free-position attempt at 26:28.

Looking to keep pace, Bowdoin's Elizabeth Clegg spun to the right of the Jeff net before ripping a shot into the top corner of the cage at 24:15.

Taking advantage of another free-position with just over 17 to play in the first, Alex Philie beat Bowdoin goalie Tara Connolly for her second score of the year. Just 2:18 later, Elizabeth Ludlow tacked on another free-position score, burying her third marker of the season to stake the Jeffs to a two-goal edge at the intermission.

Wanting to set the tone to start the second, Allie Horwitz netted another free-position score 2:23 into the half before putting away another goal with 25:27 to go, wrapping around behind the net before coming across the face of the crease and slotting a shot into the top right corner. Just 1:11 later, Randall made it 6-1, tallying her second goal of the game, before Philie found open space in front, snapping a shot past Connolly to give the Jeffs a six-goal cushion.

Scoring their first goal in 39:16 of game play, Bowdoin got one back on Clegg's free-position score at 14:59 of the second, before Jordan Smith trimmed the margin to four, bouncing a shot into the net from the left side with just over eight minutes remaining in regulation.

With just over four and a half minutes left, Taylor Wilson nearly cut the deficit to three, getting a free shooting lane from inside eight yards, but Amherst senior goalkeeper Lamia Harik made a big stop to momentarily keep the Bowdoin attack at bay.

Continuing to go on the offensive, Carolyn Gorajek brought Bowdoin within three at the 2:43 mark before Katie Herter received a Smith pass on the right side before recording the Polar Bears' third goal in a span of 6:19 to make it 7-5.

Needing to stem the visitor's surging tide, sophomore Annelies O'Dea linked up with Horwitz in the waning moments of regulation, capping off the scoring with the Jeffs' eighth goal of the afternoon with just 41 seconds on the clock.

Horwitz paced the Amherst attack with three goals on five shots, while Randall and Philie each had a pair of scores. Gorajek tallied two goals for Bowdoin, with Smith adding a goal and an assist.

Controlling the ball in the offensive zone for the majority of the game, the Lord Jeffs held a 24-12 shot advantage, while the Polar Bears held a 17-15 edge in ground balls. Winning 9-of-15 draw controls, Amherst went 14-for-19 on clear attempts, while converting four of its six free-position shots.

Harik make five saves en route to her second victory of the season, while Connolly made 12 stops.

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