Bowdoin Locks Up NESCAC Second Seed
from press release
MEDFORD, Mass. - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team used a pair of late goals to secure the second seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament with a 7-6 win at Tufts on Friday. The 12th-ranked Polar Bears improve to 13-2 (7-2) and will host a to-be-determined opponent on Sunday in a NESCAC Quarterfinal. The 14th-ranked Jumbos (10-5, 5-4 NESCAC) will be on the road in the opening round.
The visiting Polar Bears did a good job defensively against the high-powered Jumbo attack, limiting the hosts to a season-low six goals. Bowdoin was led by a pair of goals from junior Katie Stewart and seven saves by sophomore goalkeeper Tara Connolly.
The Jumbos trailed 3-0 early, but rallied to tie the score at 5-5 in the second half before Bowdoin won out. The Jumbos were led by three goals and an assist from junior Lara Kozin while senior Sara Bloom made nine saves in goal.
Bowdoin led 3-0 after a goal by Betsy Sachs with 9:49 remaining in the first half. A pair of goals 35 seconds apart scored by Kozin and assisted by junior Kelly Hyland pulled Tufts to within 3-2. The Polar Bears led 4-2 at the break on Stewart's first goal at 4:38 of the first half. Bowdoin controlled six of the seven draws in the first half.
After the squads traded goals in the first three minutes of the second half, consecutive Tufts tallies by Kozin at 24:21 and by sophomore Kerry Eaton at 21:37 made it 5-5. Stewart put Bowdoin back in the lead with a free-position goal at 12:20, and then first year Olivia King scored 48 seconds later for a 7-5 Polar Bear advantage.
While down a player due to a yellow card, Tufts pulled within a goal (7-6) when first year Gabby Horner scored her second goal of the day from Kozin with 3:45 on the clock. Stewart won the draw for Bowdoin, but Bloom made a save to gain possession for Tufts. However, on that possession and on another the Jumbos turned the ball over and Bowdoin was able to run out the clock for the win.
In a defensive struggle, Bowdoin finished with advantages of 27-20 in shots, 14-10 in ground balls and 10-5 in draw controls. Senior Ingrid Oelschlager led the Polar Bears with four ground balls. Stewart had three of the draw controls, while also causing two turnovers. Senior Katy Dissinger finished with a goal and an assist, and junior Katie Herter had three ground balls and two caused turnovers.