MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Bowdoin women's lacrosse team took a 14-6 loss in a battle of the nationally ranked.
Third-ranked Middlebury (5-0, 4-0 NESCAC) rattled off 11-unanswered goals covering nearly 28 minutes of action Friday as 17th ranked Bowdoin falls to 3-3 overall with a 1-3 NESCAC record.
The two teams traded early goals before the Polar Bears grabbed a narrow one-goal lead at 4-3 with 1:06 left. Middlebury's Laurel Pascal knotted the score at 3-3 with 1:16 remaining on a pinpoint pass from Liza Herzog. On the ensuing draw control Betsy Sachs grabbed the loose ball and raced down the field scoring 10 seconds later.
Following Sachs' goal, Herzog secured the ensuing draw control for the Panthers and the hosts started their run. Herzog tied the game again at 4-4 with 29 seconds left when she cut in front of the goal and received a pass right to her stick from Katie Ritter. Herzog put Middlebury ahead when she scored what proved to be the game-winning goal just seconds before the halftime break on a free-position shot.
Out of the intermission, the Panthers continued to keep the pressure on the Polar Bears' defense. Middlebury rattled off the first nine goals of the half with two apiece coming from Mary O'Connell, Bridget Instrum and Katie Ritter. Instrum also picked up a pair of assists during the second-half run. Bowdoin picked up a pair of late scores from Lindsay Picard and Sachs for the final difference.
Alyssa Palomba posted five saves in goal as well as a pair of ground balls for Middlebury in 56:17 of action, while Madeleine Kinker logged the final 3:43 between the pipes with a save. Isabel Sippel recorded 10 saves in front of the net for the visitors.
Picard concluded the game with a pair of goals and a team-high four draw controls for Bowdoin. Sachs added two goals and a pair of ground balls, while Jordan Smith and Olivia Raisner each had a score for the Polar Bears.
Middlebury held the advantage in shots (27-17) and ground balls (21-13), while each team grabbed 11 draw controls.
Bowdoin returns to action next Saturday with a 12:00 p.m. game at Trinity.