Connolly and Gorajek Lead Women's Lacrosse to Thrilling 3-OT Win Over Colby

Tara Connolly made 17 saves in Tuesday's win over Colby
Tara Connolly made 17 saves in Tuesday's win over Colby

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Senior Carolyn Gorajek scored the game-winning goal with 2:02 remaining in the third overtime to lift the Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team to a 11-10 win over Colby on Tuesday evening.

The goal rescued the eighth-ranked Polar Bears (10-2, 7-2 NESCAC), who squandered a six-goal lead over the final 16:32. The sixth-ranked Mules (9-2, 7-2) scored six times in the final 16:00 to force the extra session.

Gorajek finished with four goals and two assists to lead all players while goaltender Tara Connolly stopped 17 shots for Bowdoin in the victory. Jordan Smith added three goals while Betsy Sachs had two. Colby distributed their scoring among eight different players, led by two goals and two assists from Katharine Eddy. Lindsey McKenna had two goals for the Mules while Michelle Burt (three saves) and Claire Dickson (five saves) split time in net for the visitors.

Bowdoin used a 5-1 run over the final 20:22 of the opening period to carry a 7-3 lead into halftime. Smith and Sachs scored twice in the run to spark the Polar Bears. Smith and Mackenzie Schleicher added goals to open the second half to push the Bowdoin advantage to 9-3 with 16:32 remaining.

Katie Griffin answered 32 seconds later for Colby, which started to chip away at the Bowdoin lead. McKenna scored at 13:14, Abby Hatch scored at 9:15 and Alex Mintz added a marker at 7:18 to close the gap to 9-7. The Mules drew within a single goal with 27 seconds remaining when Hilary Barr put home a free-position shot, setting the stage for Eddy, who took a pass from Mintz on the wing and flipped home the game-tying goal just before the horn.

In the first OT, Gorajek and McKenna traded scores as the game entered the second OT tied at 10-10. After a scoreless second OT, Gorajek was awarded a free-position shot less than a minute into the third extra session. Bowdoin's all-time leading scorer whipped home the game-winning score at 2:02 to clinch the win for the Polar Bears.

Colby held a 33-24 advantage in shots for the game while Bowdoin committed 24 turnovers to 21 for the Mules. Meg Mooney had three caused turnovers and three ground balls for Colby. Eddy had five draw controls. Bowdoin's Erica Nangeroni had two caused turnovers and three ground balls while Lindsay Picard had four draw controls.

Bowdoin will return to action at Wheaton on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Colby will host Colorado College on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.