BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team will play Amherst College in the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament on Saturday, May 5, at Middlebury College.
The fourth-seeded Polar Bears will face the second-seeded Mammoths at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, following the other semifinal game between top-seeded Middlebury and Trinity (12:00 p.m.). Sunday's NESCAC Championship game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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All three games will be streamed online via the Northeast Sports Network (NSN), links can be found at NESCAC.com. Live video is also available through the following digital apps: Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV (search for NESCAC).
Saturday's semifinal features two of the top offensive teams in the conference in Bowdoin (13.88 gpg) and No. 2 Amherst (13.56 gpg). In addition to having one of the top offenses in the league, Amherst (15-1) is one of the stingiest defensive squads, allowing 6.81 goals per game. The Mammoths advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2014 with a 17-11 win over No. 7 Colby. Senior Julia Crerend (New Canaan, Conn.), who netted four goals in the quarterfinal win, is fourth in the league in points (58) and has tallied 49 goals to pace the Amherst attack. Sophomore Talia Land (Larchmont, N.Y.) has played nearly every minute in goal for the Mammoths and owns a 7.02 goals against average, to go along with a .480 save percentage. Amherst's lone setback this season was an 11-9 loss to Middlebury on March 31.
Bowdoin (12-4) held off No. 5 Wesleyan, 11-10, to earn its sixth win in seven games and advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2015. The Polar Bears have scored 222 goals, the second most in the conference, and first-year attack Katie Miller (Rye, N.Y.) has 45 goals to go with 55 points to lead the team. Senior Hannah Hirschfeld (Concord, N.H.) is the team leader in assists (17) to go along with 32 goals for 49 points. Classmate Kayli Weiss (Longmont, Colo.) has all 12 wins for Bowdoin in goal and owns a 9.85 goals against average this season.
Amherst is 3-2 against Bowdoin in the NESCAC postseason series. The two teams last met in the 2014 quarterfinals with Amherst posting an 11-5 victory. In the regular season, the Mammoths earned a 16-10 victory in the third game of the year on March 10.