Women's Lacrosse Pulls Away From UNE With Strong Second Half

Taylor Wilson had three ground balls and two caused turnovers in Sunday's win over UNE
Taylor Wilson had three ground balls and two caused turnovers in Sunday's win over UNE

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team used an 8-0 run to open the second half to pull away from the University of New England in a 21-7 win on Sunday afternoon.

The 12th-ranked Polar Bears improve to 9-5 this season while the Nor'easters fall to 12-4 overall.

Bowdoin got four goals apiece from Carolyn Gorajek and Elizabeth Clegg while Katie Herter and Celeste Swain each had three tallies. Gina Newsome and Nikki Smith both had two goals in the loss for UNE.

The Polar Bears opened up an early 5-1 lead but the Nor'easters were able to stay within striking distance at halftime, trailing 10-5 at the break. Bowdoin hit its stride early in the second half, however, scoring seven times in a span of 7:16 to put the contest out of reach. Clegg and Gorajek combined for six of Bowdoin's eight goals to open the period which gave the hosts an insurmountable 18-5 lead with 18:47 to play.

Tara Connolly stopped five shots and allowed six goals for Bowdoin before giving way to Isabel Sippel, who made four stops and permitted one goal over the final 13 minutes. Samantha St. Pierre stopped four shots and allowed 18 goals in 41:30 for UNE before being replaced by Rachel Lee, who stopped four shots and allowed three goals over the remainder.

Clegg had a team-high four ground balls for Bowdoin while Katie Stewart and Olivia King both had three caused turnovers. Katie Herter had three draw controls. Cara Cole had a game-high seven draw controls for the Nor'easters, who got three caused turnovers from Emily Lodge.

Bowdoin will return to action on Wednesday evening when they close out their NESCAC regular season against Tufts at 7:00 p.m. at Ryan Field. UNE will not play again until May 2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference playoffs.