Gorajek Sets Goals Record as Women's Lacrosse Pulls Away From Williams

Carolyn Gorajek broke the school record for career goals that had stood since 1986
Carolyn Gorajek broke the school record for career goals that had stood since 1986

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Senior Carolyn Gorajek became Bowdoin's all-time leader in career goals by scoring four times to lead the Polar Bears in a 9-6 win Sunday afternoon over Williams.

Bowdoin (6-1, 5-1 NESCAC) rebounds from their first loss of the season on Saturday to Middlebury to defeat Williams (6-3, 2-3 NESCAC) for the ninth time in the last ten meetings between the schools.

Gorajek led all players with four scores and, with her third goal of the day, established a new school record for career goals, breaking the record formerly held by Bowdoin Hall of Honoree Jill Bermingham. The record of 145 goals had stood since 1986 and was one of the longest-standing goal marks in school history. Gorajek, who upped her season total to 24, now has 147 in her career.

Bowdoin also received a pair of goals and an assist from Betsy Sachs while Jordan Smith had two assists. Williams was led by two goals and an assist from Bridget Malicki.

Thanks to a pair of early goals from Gorajek, Bowdoin sprinted to a 4-0 lead after 12:39 of play. Williams answered with three goals over the final 12:25, including two markers in the final 2;00 to close the gap to 4-3 following a score by Hilary Cook just before intermission.

Bowdoin took command early in the second half with four goals to open the frame. Lindsay Picard converted a free position shot to open the run and was followed by Gorajek's record-breaker, a goal by Sachs and a score from Megan O'Connor all within a span of 5:35 to give the hosts a 8-3 advantage with under 20 minutes to play.

Williams made a late charge, closing the gap to 8-5 following a goal from Malicki with 11:34 to play, but Gorajek's final goal of the day pushed Bowdoin's lead back to four goals two minutes later as the Polar Bears controlled the ball for most of the remainder of the contest.

Tara Connolly made eight saves in the win for Bowdoin, while Erica Nangeroni caused a team-best five turnovers. Picard won four draw controls while Sachs had three draw controls and two caused turnovers. Genna Warner led Bowdoin with four ground balls.

Ali Piltch collected 13 saves in goal for the Ephs, who received two caused turnovers, two ground balls and two draw controls from Sam Weinstein.

Bowdoin held a 29-16 advantage in shots, 27-17 edge in ground balls and 13-4 margin in draw controls.

The Polar Bears will return to action next Saturday at home against Trinity at noon. Williams will host RPI on Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m.