Big Second Half Lifts Women's Lacrosse To Convincing Win Over Top-Ranked Amherst

Emma Beecher had a pair of big second-half goals to spark Bowdoin's decisive run
Emma Beecher had a pair of big second-half goals to spark Bowdoin's decisive run

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team scored eight goals in the second half to storm top-ranked Amherst on Saturday at Ryan Field, 10-6.

The 12th-ranked Polar Bears improve to 3-0 (2-0 NESCAC) and earn their first victory against a national #1 team since defeating The College of New Jersey in the semifinals of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Jeffs, who rose to the national top-spot last week, fall to 2-1 (1-1 NESCAC).

Isabel Sippel was again outstanding in net for the Polar Bears, stopping 11 shots, including nine in the second half when Bowdoin began its decisive run. Lindsay Picard led Bowdoin with three goals while Emma Beecher had two goals and an assist for the Polar Bears. Kelsey Gallagher also had two goals for Bowdoin, who got three ground balls from Grace DeWald.

Amherst was led by Meghan Mills' three goals while Rachel Passarelli had two. Priscilla Tyler collected a game-high five draw controls while Hanna Krueger had two caused turnovers and two grounds balls for the Jeffs. Goaltender Christy Forrest had 10 saves for Amherst.

Both teams struggled to get their offenses on track in the opening period. Passarelli scored with 9:10 remaining in the frame to give the Jeffs a 3-2 advantage at the break. The teams traded goals to open the second period before the Polar Bears rolled off five straight goals to take command. Beecher scored two early goals in the half for Bowdoin and Picard found the net three times during the decisive surge as the Polar Bears built an 8-4 lead with under nine minutes to go. After Krueger trimmed the lead to 8-5 with 8:22 remaining, Bowdoin answered with goals from Clare McLaughlin and Megan O'Connor to squelch all comeback hopes for the Jeffs.

Bowdoin was a perfect 19-19 in clears on the afternoon while Amherst went 13-21. The Jeffs had 17 turnovers in the contest and Bowdoin held a 28-20 advantage in shots.

The Polar Bears will return to action at Hamilton next Saturday, March 14. The Jeffs will host Springfield on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. in Amherst.