April 21, 2013

Women's Lacrosse Coasts to Senior Day Victory Over Colorado College

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team pulled away in the second half for a 14-3 win over Colorado College on Sunday afternoon at Ryan Field.

The eighth-ranked Polar Bears (12-2) have won six consecutive games overall and finish with a perfect 5-0 mark against non-conference opponents this year. The Tigers (5-10) conclude their brief eastern swing with consecutive losses.

On Senior Day in Brunswick, Bowdoin's senior co-captain Carolyn Gorajek led all scorers with three goals and four assists to spark the Polar Bear attack. Jordan Smith scored three times as well while Emma Beecher and Taylor Wilson had two goals each. Madeline Scherer scored two of Colorado College's three goals on the afternoon.

Bowdoin scored the first four goals of the game in the opening 12:23 as Smith notched a pair of tallies to give the hosts an early lead. The Tigers clawed back with consecutive goals from Scherer and Ginna Oates to close the gap to 4-2 with 4:28 remaining in the period, but Wilson got one back for Bowdoin before halftime to make it 5-2 at the break.

The Polar Bears put the game away early in the second half, rolling off five goals in a span of 8:03 to take command. Gorajek keyed the surge with two goals and two assists in the run that gave Bowdoin a 10-2 lead with 18:48 remaining. After Scherer stopped the run with a score at 13:51 for the Tigers, the Polar Bears ripped off four more goals in the final nine minutes to cap the win.

Abby Fink stopped 12 shots in goal for the Tigers, who received three ground balls from Anna Crosby. Tara Connolly allowed three goals and made four saves over the first 53:10 for Bowdoin before giving way to Isabel Sippel, who stopped one shot. Bowdoin was led defensively by two caused turnovers and three ground balls from Betsy Sachs. The Polar Bears finished with a 35-14 edge in shots, a 23-16 advantage in ground balls and a 14-5 lead in draws.

With the victory, Bowdoin's three-member senior class of Connolly, Gorajek and Hannah Wright ties for the most wins ever by a women's lacrosse class in school history. Sunday's victory gave the trio 50 career wins as a group, matching the 2006 and '07 classes.

The Polar Bears, who have already wrapped up the third seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament, will conclude their regular season on Wednesday afternoon with a game at Tufts (4:30 p.m.). Colorado College will host the University of Dallas next Saturday at 11:00 a.m.