AMHERST, Mass. – A 12-goal effort by the Mammoths in the first half proved too much for the Polar Bears to overcome as the 20th-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team downed 21st-ranked Bowdoin, 16-10 Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Amherst improves to 3-0 on the season and to 2-0 in league play, while Bowdoin suffers its first loss of the year and falls to 2-1 overall (1-1 NESCAC).
- Amherst controlled the momentum in the early going, netting eight uncontested goals to take a 9-1 lead with 10:50 remaining in the first half.
- Eliza Denious broke through for the Polar Bears at the 10:30 mark to record the second Bowdoin goal of the afternoon.
- Amherst closed out the first half with three straight goals to take a 12-2 advantage at the break.
- The Polar Bears made things interesting down the stretch, outscoring Amherst, 5-1 in the final 8:15 to close the final gap to six goals.
By the Numbers
- Talia Land made seven saves in the winning effort for Amherst. Kayli Weiss (2-1) took the loss for Bowdoin, making four saves in the first half, while Erin Morrissey racked up four stops in the second half in relief.
- Kara Finnerty led Bowdoin with four goals while Eliza Denious added three goals and an assists.
- Julia Crerend had five goals and an assist for Amherst, leading all scorers.
- Bowdoin owned a slight 15-13 edge in draw controls, while the Mammoths held the advantage in ground balls, 12-9.
- Amherst went 2-2 on free position shots and 15-for-18 on clear attempts, while Bowdoin finished 3-for-5 on free position attempts and 7-for-13 on clear opportunities.
- Bowdoin will travel to Florida next week, where they will face RIT in Englewood at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.