Women's Lacrosse Rallies In Second Half, Stuns Top-Ranked Middlebury In OT

Annie Glenn scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift Bowdoin over Middlebury on Saturday
Annie Glenn scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift Bowdoin over Middlebury on Saturday

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Annie Glenn scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Bowdoin women's lacrosse team over top-ranked Middlebury on Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field.

The 15th-ranked Polar Bears improve to 6-1 (3-1 NESCAC) while the Panthers (5-1, 3-1 NESCAC) see their 17-game win streak come to an end.

Game Highlights

  • In a game that featured back-and-forth play throughout, neither team could take more than a two-goal lead in the opening half.
  • The Panthers were able to open up a 5-3 advantage with 5:18 remaining in the opening half on a goal from Emma McDonagh, but Bowdoin replied with a 3-1 run to tie the score at the half.
  • Kelsey Gallagher netted the game-tying goal with 12 seconds remaining in the half to send the game to intermission tied at 6-6.
  • Middlebury looked to seize control of the contest with a three-goal run to start the second half, opening up the biggest lead of the contest, 9-6, following a Henley Hall goal with 21:24 to go.
  • Bowdoin answered with a four-goal run over an eight-minute span later in the period, starting and ending on Annie Glenn goals, to take a 10-9 advantage with 8:22 on the clock.
  • The Panthers wouldn't falter, however, and controlled the ball in their attacking zone with under 30 seconds to play. Hollis Perticone took advantage, netting a free-position goal with 2.2 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 10-10 and force overtime.
  • In overtime, Bowdoin claimed the opening draw control and circled the ball for the opening minute of overtime. The Polar Bears gained a free-position chance just over a minute into the extra session and Glenn buried a chance to the top-right corner of the cage to give Bowdoin the victory.

By The Numbers

  • Glenn finished with three goals on the day and added a pair of draw controls for the Polar Bears.
  • Natalie Rudin had two goals and an assist while Hannah Hirschfeld scored a goal and earned a pair of assists in the victory.
  • Middlebury was led by two goals and four assists from Mary O'Connell and three scores from Holly Perticone. Perticone also grabbed a game-best four draw controls.
  • Kara Finnerty had three draw controls and three caused turnovers to go with a goal for the Polar Bears.
  • Kate Furber made ten saves for Middlebury while Kayli Weiss stopped four shots for Bowdoin.
  • The Polar Bears held a 28-19 advantage in shots and 18-11 edge in ground balls.
  • The win was just the second for Bowdoin over Middlebury in women's lacrosse since 1987 and the first for the Polar Bears over a top-ranked team since beating top-ranked TCNJ in the 2011 NCAA Tournament Semifinals.

Up Next

  • After a stretch of three games in four days, Bowdoin will not play again until next Saturday when they host seventh-ranked Trinity at noon. 
  • Middlebury returns to action at third-ranked TCNJ on Monday night at 7:00 p.m.