Connolly Sets School Wins Mark as Women's Lacrosse Cruises Over USM

Tara Connolly broke the program record with her 41st career win in goal with Wednesday's victory
Tara Connolly broke the program record with her 41st career win in goal with Wednesday's victory

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team scored a season-high in goals in a 20-5 win over the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday evening at Ryan Field.

The ninth-ranked Polar Bears improve to 8-2 with the win. Southern Maine drops to 7-4 with the loss.

In the victory, Bowdoin senior goaltender Tara Connolly earned her 41st career victory in net for the Polar Bears, establishing a new program record. She breaks the mark formerly held by Steph Collins-Finn '09. Nine different players scored for Bowdoin, led by four goals each by Megan O'Connor and Mackenzie Schleicher. Jordan Smith added three scores while Taylor Wilson, Kimberly Nault and Emma Beecher had two goals each.

Southern Maine was led by three goals from Jacki Kelly.

Bowdoin scored the first five goals of the game, including three from Schleicher, and extended their lead to 13-2 at halftime thanks to a 7-0 run over the final 15:08 before halftime. Kelly scored two of her three goals in the second period for USM, but Bowdoin's lead proved too much for the Huskies to overcome as the Polar Bears reached the 20-goal plateau for the first time since scoring 21 against UNE on April 22 of last season.

Connolly made three saves in the first half for Bowdoin before giving way to Isabel Sippel, who was not credited with a stop in the second half. Molly Popolizio had three ground balls and two caused turnovers for the Polar Bears.

Kim Vogel made nine saves in 54:03 for Southern Maine before being replaced by Caley Presby in the final 5:57. Kelly had three draw controls for the Huskies while Jenna Cyr was credited with two caused turnovers.

Bowdoin will return to action on Saturday at Wesleyan (12:00 p.m.). USM will play at Western Connecticut on Saturday (12:00 p.m.).