BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team held Bates scoreless for the final 45:04, rallying from a 5-1 halftime deficit to stun Bates in overtime Wednesday night, 6-5.
The 19th-ranked Polar Bears pick up a big NESCAC win and improve to 4-4 (2-4 NESCAC) while the 14th-ranked Bobcats fall to 7-4 (3-3 NESCAC) with the loss. Betsy Sachs had three goals and an assist to lead Bowdoin. Bridget Meedzan and Moriah Greestein scored two goals apiece for Bates.
The Bobcats came out firing and quickly built a 5-1 lead in the opening period. Greenstein opened the contest with consecutive goals and, after Sachs put Bowdoin on the board at 14:43, Meedzan scored twice in a four-minute span for Bates. Wally Pierce's goal with 9:04 left in the opening stanza gave the visitors a seemingly commanding four-goal lead at intermission.
But the Bowdoin defense locked down and the Polar Bears started to chip away midway through the second half. Sachs keyed the comeback, scoring twice and assisting on a Jordan Smith goal, to close the gap to 5-4 with 18:15 remaining. The teams traded good chances and possession over the next 14 minutes before the Polar Bears regained the ball with under four minutes to play. Lindsay Picard capitalized, collecting a loose ball in front and depositing a high shot to deadlock the contest with 3:13 to go.
Bates won the initial draw of overtime, and held on to possession for the first 2:40 until Sachs caused a turnover that was picked up by Taylor Wilson. The Polar Bears ran a swift and seamless transition downfield and Molly Popolizio found a wide-open Dana White in front for the go-ahead goal with just one second remaining in the first overtime session. The Bobcats again won the draw after the teams switched ends, but the Bowdoin defense came up with a turnover and wasted the final 2:00 to clinch the win.
Isabel Sippel made 11 saves in the victory for Bowdoin while Sachs had two ground balls, two draws and two caused turnovers to go with her hat trick. Hannah Jeffrey made 13 saves for the Bobcats while Kaileigh Maguire had three draw controls.
Bowdoin held a 28-22 edge in shots and committed just eight turnovers to 12 for Bates. The Bobcats went just 1-7 from free position in the loss.
The Polar Bears will return to action at home Saturday against Conn. College at noon. The Bobcats will host Middlebury in Lewiston at noon that same day.