Polar Bears Score Twice in Overtime to Claim Nationally-Ranked Duel With Hamilton

Elizabeth Clegg scored the game-winning goal in overtime
Elizabeth Clegg scored the game-winning goal in overtime

CLERMONT, Fla. - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team snapped a two-game losing skid with a 13-11 overtime win over Hamilton on Thursday afternoon.

The ninth-ranked Polar Bears finish off their Florida trip with a 3-2 record (2-1 NESCAC). The 13th-ranked Continentals fall to 2-4 (1-3 NESCAC) with the setback.

Elizabeth Clegg had two goals and two assists, including the game-winning goal in overtime to lead Bowdoin. First-year Taylor Wilson had a breakout game with three goals and an assist while Carolyn Gorajek continued her torrid pace with three more goals and a helper for Bowdoin. Betsy Sachs also scored twice, including an insurance marker in overtime that sealed the win. Rachel Friendman led all players with five goals for Hamilton.

Bowdoin used a 4-1 run over the final 11 minutes of the first half to take a 6-3 lead at intermission. Twice Hamilton drew within a single goal in the second half, but a 3-0 Polar Bear surge, capped by an Olivia King goal, gave Bowdoin an 11-7 lead with 13:10 to go. Hamilton scored four times over the final 11:21, including consecutive goals by Friedman to tie the game with just 53 seconds remaining in regulation.

The Polar Bears scored twice, just 23 seconds apart in the first half of overtime to take a 13-11 lead. That would be the difference, as Tara Connolly made a key save on Hamilton's Libby Schultz with two minutes left in the second half of overtime and Bowdoin ran out the clock.

Connolly was credited with seven saves while Dewi Caswell made six stops for Hamilton. Bowdoin will return to action at home on March 28 against Bates at 7:00 p.m.