BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team scored the first five goals of the game and cruised to a 13-8 win over Endicott on Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field.
The Polar Bears, ranked seventh in the latest Division III national poll, improve to 8-2 with the victory. The Gulls fall to 6-4 with the setback.
Mettler Growney and Lindsay Picard sparked Bowdoin to the non-conference win, combining for seven goals and three assists. Growney scored four with one helper while Picard pitched in three scores and two assists. Picard also dominated the draw, winning seven draw controls on the afternoon to lead the Polar Bears to a 16-6 advantage in the circle. Megan O'Connor and Annie Glenn had two goals each for the hosts while Olivia Raisner dished out three assists.
Endicott was led by two goals from three different players. Ellie Clayman had two goals and one assist while Siri Mason and Emily Whitney each notched a pair of scores. Clayman led her squad with three draw controls.
Growney paced the Polar Bears in the opening period, scoring all four of her goals in the frame. She netted three of Bowdoin's markers in a game-opening 5-0 run and, after consecutive goals by Whitney and Meaghan Lennon trimmed the gap to 5-2, closed the half with another goal to make it 6-2 at the break. The Polar Bears scored the first two goals of the second half, including a score just 12 seconds into the period off the draw by Picard, to extend their lead to 8-2. Endicott could get no closer than five as the Polar Bears led by as many as eight goals before the Gulls scored three times in the final 3:53.
Isabel Sippel stopped 10 shots over the first 53:21 of play, allowing just five goals before giving way to Kayli Weiss, who stopped one shot over the final 6:39. Maura Grady kept her team within shouting distance thanks to an 18-save effort.
Bowdoin will return to action on Tuesday evening with a big NESCAC contest against #2 Colby under the lights at Ryan Field at 7:00 p.m. Endicott will play again on Wednesday afternoon at the University of New England at 4:00 p.m.