BRUNSWICK, Maine - The top-ranked Trinity College women's lacrosse team used a seven-goal run in the first half to take command on their way to a 13-5 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon.
The Bantams remain unbeaten at 8-0 (4-0 NESCAC) while the ninth-ranked Polar Bears fall for just the second time this season and stand at 6-2 (5-2 NESCAC).
Kaitlin Hildebrand scored four times for the Bantams while Shea Kusiak, Meagan Leonhard and Martha Griffin added two goals each. Bowdoin was led by two goals and two assists from Carolyn Gorajek.
Jordan Smith scored the game's first goal and put the Polar Bears ahead 1-0 just 1:19 into the game. But Trinity answered with a seven-goal surge, with Leonhard and Hildebrand accounting for two goals each in the run. Betsy Sachs got one back for Bowdoin with 2:54 remaining in the frame to cut the lead to 7-2, but Griffin and Hildebrand added late scores before intermission to give the visitors at 9-2 lead at the break. Trinity extended its lead to 13-3 before two late Bowdoin goals made it a 13-5 final.
Bowdoin received a valiant effort in net from Tara Connolly, who stopped 15 shots. Emily Mooney made five saves for Trinity, who held a 34-12 advantage in shots. Bowdoin committed 23 turnovers in the game and went 12-17 in clears.
Defensively, Bowdoin was led by five caused turnovers from Erica Nangeroni as well as two caused turnovers and four ground balls from Clare McLaughlin. Trinity received three ground balls and three draw controls from Leonhard in the win.
Bowdoin will host Endicott on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in its next outing. The Bantams will travel to play at Colby on Sunday at noon.