Women's Lacrosse Locks Up NESCAC Home Game With Win at Wesleyan

Jordan Smith had a hand in five of Bowdoin's nine goals with four scores and an assist
Jordan Smith had a hand in five of Bowdoin's nine goals with four scores and an assist

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Jordan Smith scored four goals to lead the Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team in a 9-4 win Saturday over Wesleyan.

With the victory, ninth-ranked Bowdoin (9-2, 6-2 NESCAC) locked up a first-round NESCAC tournament game with two regular-season conference tilts remaining. Wesleyan falls to 4-8 (0-7 NESCAC) with the defeat.

Smith, who now has 22 goals on the year along with six assists for 28 points, started and finished the day's scoring, giving Bowdoin a 1-0 lead at 27:39 on a good catch of a high pass from freshman Lindsay Picard in traffic, and a smart turn and high shot past Wesleyan freshman keeper Nina Labovich.  Labovich ended the game with 10 saves.  Wesleyan tied the game 50 seconds later when senior Kaylin Berger fed senior Catherine Taibi from the left side and Taibi found the net behind Polar Bear netminder senior Tara Connolly to make it a 1-1 game.  Connolly went on to post six saves in the contest. 

Bowdoin rattled off the next five goals, three in the first half and the opening two of the second half, for a 6-1 lead with 28:09 to go.  Picard, who closed out the day with two goals and two assists, had two of the first four markers during the run before assisting on the fifth to lead the charge.  Giving Bowdoin the lead for goods at 23:11 with her team-leading 31st goal of the year was senior Carolyn Gorajek.

Wesleyan cut the margin to 6-3 with 17:19 to play on a pair of goals by senior Kayla Ellman. But Polar Bear goals from Smith and junior Betsy Sachs, her second of the game, pushed the lead back to five goals at 8-3 with 14:15 on the clock. Smith capped a quick two-pass setup that started with a yellow card to a Wesleyan player with :11 to go with a man-up goal at :07.6 to close out the scoring.

Shots in the game slightly favored Bowdoin, 22-19.  Bowdoin had a 14-8 edge in ground balls but the Cardinals controlled a majority of the draws, 9-6.  Both teams cleared very effectively, Bowdoin with 18 out of 19 and Wesleyan with 16 out of 18.

Bowdoin will return to action on Tuesday evening with in a top-ten battle with sixth-ranked Colby at Ryan Field. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.