BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team used a 5-0 second half run to take control and held off a late rally to defeat Williams, 11-10, in its season-opener on Saturday at Ryan Field.
The 15th-ranked Polar Bears improve to 1-0 with the win while the 11th-ranked Ephs drop to 0-1.
Isabel Sippel was outstanding in goal for the Polar Bears, stopping 16 shots in the win. Seven different players scored in a balanced attack for Bowdoin, as Lindsay Picard, Emma Beecher, Mettler Growney and Clare McLaughlin had two goals apiece. Megan O'Connor pitched in a pair of assists for the Polar Bears, who got five draw controls from Picard and two caused turnovers from Sarah Freeman.
Williams was led by three goals each from Bridget Malicki and Hillary Cook. Becca Bell had two assists while Alyssa Amos scooped a game-high three ground balls. Brett Bidstrup stopped seven shots in goal for the Ephs.
The teams traded goals in the opening half with neither team taking more than a one-goal advantage either way. The contest entered halftime deadlocked at 5-5. After Natalie Gill and Amos opened the second half with goals for the Ephs, Bowdoin roared back with a five-goal surge to take the lead for good. Five different players scored in the run, which was capped by unassisted goals from Taylor Wilson and Beecher to give the hosts a 10-7 lead with 10:25 to play. Williams made a late bid to draw even, getting a pair of late markers from Micaela Dussel and Cook to draw within 11-10 with 3:25 to play. The Ephs had possession with two minutes remaining, but Sippel made a game-preserving save on a Malicki shot with a minute to play to clinch the victory.
In a very evenly played contest, Williams held a 30-25 lead in shots and 10-8 edge in ground balls. Bowdoin held a 13-10 edge in draw controls for the match.
Bowdoin will return to action on Wednesday evening at the University of New England (5:00 p.m.). Williams will host RPI on Tuesday evening in their next contest (5:00 p.m.)