Women's Lacrosse Rolls to Seven-Goal Win Over Amherst in Home Opener
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team scored three goals in the first 6:29 and never trailed en route to an 11-4 win over Amherst on Saturday at Ryan Field.
The win improves the 11th-ranked Polar Bears to 3-0 on the season. The ninth-ranked Jeffs fall to 1-2 on the year. The win avenges a two-loss season for Bowdoin against Amherst in 2012. The Jeffs ended Bowdoin's season in the NESCAC quarterfinals a year ago. The Polar Bears have claimed four of the last six meetings between the schools dating back to 2010.
A pair of seniors led the way for Bowdoin in the win as Carolyn Gorajek tallied four goals and an assist while netminder Tara Connolly made 12 saves. Jordan Smith added four scores for Bowdoin as well, while Betsy Sachs had a goal and two assists. Amherst was paced by a two-goal effort from Marta Randall and two assists from Hillary Densen.
Bowdoin took an early lead thanks to markers from Mackenzie Schleicher, Taylor Wilson and Jordan Smith in the first 6:29. The teams traded goals for the remainder of the period as the hosts carried a 5-2 lead into the break.
Amherst made a bid to get back into the contest with a goal from Randall early in the second half, but Bowdoin answered with three straight tallies, including two from Gorajek, to make it a 8-3 margin. After another Randall goal trimmed the gap to 8-4, Bowdoin put the contest out of reach with another 3-0 surge, including a pair from Smith, to seal the victory.
Connolly was outstanding between the pipes for Bowdoin, making seven of her 12 saves in the opening period. Erica Nangeroni was also exceptional on defense for the Polar Bears with three caused turnovers and five ground balls. Lindsay Picard had five draw controls for Bowdoin, who went 5-12 for clears in the opening half and improved to 10-13 in the second period.
Goaltender Christy Forrest made two stops in goal and allowed seven goals in 40:05 for Amherst. Katelyn Salerno made one saves and permitted four goals in 19:55. The Jeffs held a 22-16 advantage in shots for the contest and were led by five ground balls from Heather Cockrell.
Bowdoin will return to action at home on Tuesday afternoon against Endicott (4:00 p.m.). Amherst will travel to play at Swarthmore on Tuesday afternoon (7:00 p.m.).