MEDFORD, Mass – Betsy Sachs tallied five goals as the Bowdoin women's lacrosse team concluded their regular season with a 12-6 win over Tufts this afternoon.
The Polar Bears end the regular season with a 13-2 overall record, while going 8-2 in conference play. Bowdoin locked up the third seed in the NESCAC playoffs and will host the sixth seed Hamilton on Saturday afternoon in a NESCAC quarterfinal matchup. Tufts ends the regular season at 7-7 (3-7 NESCAC) and will head to the number one seed Trinity for the first round.
Sachs led both teams with five goals, while Carolyn Gorajek and Jordan Smith each scored three for Bowdoin. Gorajek also picked up a pair of assists to lead both teams. Tara Connolly stopped six shots in net for the Polar Bears, while her Tufts' Tess Shapanka made nine on the other end. Kerry Eaton led the Jumbos with three goals, while Caroline Ross tallied a pair.
Tufts struck first in the afternoon's matchup with a shot from Eaton under five minutes into the game. Bowdoin answered with a six goal run over the next 14 minutes. Gorajek supplied three goals over the run, including Bowdoin's opening point off a free position at 21:19. Sachs added a pair of goals on either side of a shot from Smith from Gorajek. Tufts scored their second of the game with just over five minutes remaining in the half to trail Bowdoin 6-2. Sachs scored her third of the half off a free position at 3:35 to close out the first half with the Polar Bears leading 7-2.
The Jumbos repeated the opening half's feat, with a goal at 25:03 into the second. Sachs and Smith raddled off a pair of free position goals to lead Tufts 9-3. Smith, Sachs, and Lindsay Picard all added goals in the final ten minutes as Bowdoin and Tufts traded goals to close out the game.
Bowdoin outshot Tufts 29-20 and grabbed 14 ground balls in the win. The Polar Bears also led 8-6 in caused turnovers.
Bowdoin hosts Hamilton on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.