Women's Lacrosse Wins Battle of Unbeatens in Overtime Against Hamilton

Taylor Wilson had a goal, five ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers in Saturday's OT win
Taylor Wilson had a goal, five ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers in Saturday's OT win

CLINTON, N.Y. - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team won a battle of unbeaten teams on Saturday afternoon as they edged Hamilton in overtime, 8-7.

The fifth-ranked Polar Bears improve to 4-0 (3-0 NESCAC) as the 15th-ranked Continentals drop to 3-1 (2-1 NESCAC) with the loss. Bowdoin has beaten Hamilton in overtime in three of the last four years.

Olivia Raisner scored two goals and an assist to lead Bowdoin, who also received a pair of goals from Megan O'Connor. Emma Beecher and Clare McLaughlin both had a goal and two assists for the Polar Bears. Hamilton was led by two goals apiece from Darby Philbrick and Nora Klemmer.

After Bowdoin held a 5-4 lead at intermission thanks to a late goal by Taylor Wilson before the break. Hamilton scored twice in the opening seven minutes of the second half and held a 6-5 advantage following a goal by Ashleigh Stephan with 23:08 to go. Bowdoin's defense held the Continentals scoreless for the next 34:27 – covering the rest of regulation, the first three-minute portion of overtime and the first 2:25 of the second portion. Mettler Growney scored with 18:37 left in regulation and the game entered overtime tied at six apiece.

Olivia Raisner and Megan O'Connor both scored their second goal of the game during the first three-minute portion of overtime to put Bowdoin up 8-6. Caroline McCarthy scored to pull Hamilton to within a goal with 35 seconds left in the overtime session but Bowdoin's Lindsay Picard won the ensuing draw (her sixth of the game) and the Polar Bears ran out the clock.

In addition to her goal, Wilson had five ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Isabel Sippel made seven saves in the victory for Bowdoin. Hannah Rubin made five saves for the Continentals.

The Polar Bears will play their next two games in Florida, starting with a Monday contest against Mount Holyoke at 12:30 p.m.