BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Senior Carolyn Gorajek and first-year Emma Beecher combined for half of the goals for Bowdoin College, as the nation's 11th-ranked squad recorded a 16-4 victory over the University of New England in non-conference women's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon.
The Polar Bears improve to 2-0 with the triumph, while the Nor'easters remain winless in three outings.
In addition to her four goals, Gorajek also registered a team-best three caused turnovers. Beecher had four draw controls to go along with her four markers -- the first ones of the year. Sophomores Taylor Wilson and Clare McLaughlin notched two goals apiece in support, and first-year Lindsay Picard ended with a goal, two assists, and six draw controls.
Bowdoin finished with a 51-9 advantage in shots, but were limited somewhat by UNE first-year goalie Courtney Kendall, who posted 26 saves. Kendall's total -- which included 20 stops that came before halftime -- is the third-highest single-game effort in Nor'easters program history, and the most in the last six seasons.
After Big Blue sophomore Gina Newsome opened the contest with a goal just 1:47 in, the visitors tallied the next six over a stretch of 18 minutes to assume control. The difference was 8-2 at the break, and wound up double that following the full 60 minutes of play.
The Polar Bears captured 18 of the game's 22 draws, and Bowdoin won the ground ball battle by a 27-16 margin.
First-year Isabel Sippel, rookie Ella Blanchon, and senior Tara Connolly each logged about 20 minutes in goal for the Polar Bears. Blanchon made a pair of stops.
Bowdoin opens its home campaign on Saturday (12 p.m.) against No. 9 Amherst College. The Nor'easters visit No. 7 Colby College the same day (1 p.m.).