April 7, 2013

Gorajek, Connolly Make School History as Women's Lacrosse Downs Endicott

BRUNSWICK, Maine - A pair of Bowdoin seniors made program history as the ninth-ranked women's lacrosse team defeated Endicott 14-8 on Sunday afternoon.

Senior Carolyn Gorajek scored three goals and handed out an assist to become the program's all-time leader in points while goaltender Tara Connolly netted her 40th career win to tie the school's career wins mark.

Bowdoin improves to 7-2 with the victory while the Gulls drop to 7-5 on the year.

Needing two points to break the school's career points mark, Gorajek led the hosts with four and surpassed Adrienne Gratry '00 (203), moving to 206 for her career. Connolly stopped six shots to tie Steph Collins-Finn '09 with 40 career victories.

Gorajek added five ground balls and three caused turnovers for Bowdoin. Jordan Smith scored three goals as well for the Polar Bears while Mackenzie Schleicher and Taylor Wilson added two apiece. Holly Davis paced Endicott with two goals and two assists while Lauren Todd added two goals and an assist. Caitlin Pratt also tallied twice for the Gulls.

After Todd scored the game's opening goal at 27:32, Bowdoin rolled off four scores in a span of 3:10 to take a 4-1 lead on Smith's first marker of the afternoon. Endicott scored three of the next four goals to close within 5-4 on goal by Pratt with 14:32 remaining in the half. Bowdoin responded with a 4-1 run to close the period, including a goal from Emma Beecher with 19 seconds left before halftime to take a 9-5 lead into the break.

Bowdoin extended its lead to 10-5 early in the second half before a 3-1 surge by Endicott brough the visitors within 11-8 following Davis' goal with 7:55 to go. The Polar Bears quickly ended all thoughts of a comeback, however, scoring twice in 52 seconds and closing the game on a three-goal run.

Rachel Socolow stopped 13 shots in net for Endicott. Davis had four draw controls for the Gulls while Rachel Campos added a two ground balls and three draw controls. Bowdoin's Betsy Sachs had five draws and three caused turnovers while Erica Nangeroni added four caused turnovers for the Polar Bears. Bowdoin held a 32-14 edge in shots and forced 21 Endicott turnovers.

The Polar Bears will return to action on Wednesday evening with a home contest against the University of Southern Maine at 7:00 p.m. Endicott will play next Friday at home against Roger Williams at 4:00 p.m.

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