Bowdoin Controls Second Half To Edge Colby in Top-Ten Women's Lacrosse Battle

Megan O'Connor had three goals and two assists in the loss to Middlebury
Megan O'Connor had three goals and two assists in the loss to Middlebury

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Colby 8-7 on Tuesday evening in a battle of top-ten teams at Ryan Field.

The seventh-ranked Polar Bears used a 4-1 run midway through the second half to pull ahead for good and improve to 9-2 (5-2 NESCAC). The fourth-ranked Mules lose their second straight game and fall to 9-3 (4-3 NESCAC). The last five meetings between the squads have been decided by a single goal - dating back to 2011- with Bowdoin holding a 3-2 advantage over that stretch.

Megan O'Connor scored three goals, including a pair in the second half, to lead Bowdoin to victory. Taylor Wilson had a goal and two assists while Annie Glenn had a goal, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Colby was paced by two goals and two assists from Lexie Perticone while Sara Miller pitched in a pair of scores for the visitors. Abby Hatch led all players with six draw controls in the loss.

Colby jumped to a 4-1 lead thanks to a pair of early goals from Miller, but Bowdoin was able to trim the lead to 4-3 at halftime thanks to markers late in the period from Glenn and O'Connor. The Polar Bears drew even on another O'Connor goal five minutes into the second frame, but Perticone regained the lead for the Mules at just fifty seconds later. Bowdoin took its first lead of the game, 6-5, after consecutive scores from O'Connor and Lindsay Picard, but again Perticone answered for the visitors, making it 6-6 with 19:42 on the clock.

Bowdoin scored the next two goals to take the lead for good. Taylor Wilson converted a free position shot with 14:47 on the clock and Emma Beecher made it a two-goal cushion, 8-6, with 9:35 to go. Colby was able to get one back from Kendall Smith at 4:49 but Bowdoin's defense held from there to clinch the victory.

Isabel Sippel made six saves in the win for Bowdoin while Claire Dickson stopped seven for Colby. Bowdoin held a slim 20-19 advantage in shots, but controlled the battle for loose balls with a 18-10 margin in ground balls for the contest. Bowdoin also converted on 3-7 free-position shots compared to 0-4 for Colby.

The Polar Bears will return to action on Saturday when they travel to play at Connecticut College (12:00 p.m.). The Mules continue their tough stretch with a road contest at 12th-ranked Amherst (12:00 p.m.) on Saturday.