CLINTON, N.Y. - Lindsay Picard scored with 5:15 left in overtime to lift the ninth-ranked Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team to a 10-9 win against 11th-ranked Hamilton at Steuben Field on Friday afternoon.
Playing conditions were far from ideal for the clash between nationally ranked teams as the Polar Bears improved to 4-0 (3-0 NESCAC) and Hamilton dropped to 3-2 (2-1 NESCAC). With wind chills in the teens and snow squalls limiting visibility, Bowdoin matched its best start to a season since beginning the 2006 season 7-0.
Picard finished with two goals and four draw controls for Bowdoin. Carolyn Gorajek paced the offense with three goals and one assist. Betsy Sachs chipped in two goals, one assist, five draw controls and three caused turnovers for the Polar Bears. Mackenzie Schleicher scored twice, Megan O'Connor had one goal and one assist and Jordan Smith was credited with an assist. Hannah Wright scooped up four ground balls and Tara Connolly made eight saves, including six in the first half.
Katie D'Antonio posted two goals and one assist for the Continentals. Paige Engeldrum recorded four ground balls and three caused turnovers, and Kari Koga '15 made seven saves.
The largest lead for either team was three goals as Bowdoin held a 5-2 advantage with 7:00 left in the first half. Ashleigh Stephan scored twice in 27 seconds and pulled the Continentals within 5-4 at the half and Madison Beres tied the score just 39 seconds into the second half.
Bowdoin scored three of the next four goals and Sachs gave the Polar Bears an 8-6 advantage with her goal on a feed from Smith with 24:25 remaining in regulation.
Hamilton ran off three goals in a row again and took their first lead at 9-8. Hannah Hoar scored an unassisted goal, D'Antonio notched a goal on a pass from Kathryn Maiorano and then D'Antonio found Maiorano with 12:59 left. Schleicher tied the score on a free-position goal with 10:13 remaining.
Bowdoin had the final possession in regulation after the Continentals committed a turnover with 14 seconds left. The Polar Bears took the ball from their defensive zone and just as they cleared it into the offensive zone, Hamilton's Alice Grant was sent off for two minutes with a yellow card with 5.2 seconds to go. Bowdoin took advantage in overtime as Picard scored the man-up goal.
The Polar Bears held a 25-21 shot advantage and scored on 2 of 6 free-position shots. The Continentals took just one free-position shot. Bowdoin leads the all-time series, 7-3.
The Polar Bears will return to action with a NESCAC game at Bates College on Wednesday, March 27.