BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team held visiting Southern Maine to one goal in the opening half on its way to an 18-4 victory on Thursday evening.
The fifth-ranked Polar Bears improve to 11-2 and end the year perfect in non-conference action (5-0) using a 15-1 lead after 30 minutes to turn away the Huskies (3-10).
Four Polar Bears scored their first career goals in the win: Lydia Caputi, Alexandra Logan, Julia Conley and Halsey McKinney. Megan O'Connor led all players with three goals and two assists while Emma Beecher had two goals and two assists in the win. Kelsey Gallagher had four assists for the Polar Bears. Sarah Pelligrinelli led the Huskies with two goals in the defeat.
Bowdoin scored five quick goals over a four-minute span to jump out to the early lead. Clare McLaughlin and Lindsay Picard each tallied two goals in the opening stretch, with an unassisted shot by Emma Beecher rounding out the run. The Huskies had their only goal of the first half as Heather Everett streaked down the field, ripping a quick shot past Bowdoin's Isabel Sippel. The Polar Bears responded with ten straight goals over the final 22 minutes. Megan O'Connor quickly answered Southern Maine's goal just 30 seconds later, followed by back-to-back shots from Brooke Bullington. Annie Glenn scored on either side of another O'Connor goal, pushing Bowdoin's lead to 11-1. Beecher, Dana White, Lydia Caputi, and Alexandra Logan all put away shots in the final 13 minutes.
O'Connor started the second half with the Polar Bears' 16th of the game, but the Huskies would fire back with three consecutive goals. Sarah Pelligrinelli double her team's total at 18:11 and the two teams played a scoreless ten minutes before Lauren Lessard would find the back of the net. Pelligrinelli scored her second with just over three minutes remaining, but Bowdoin extended its lead off goals from Julia Conley and Halsey McKinney.
Caley Presby played all 60 minutes for Southern Maine, tallying 14 saves, while Bowdoin split its goalkeeper duties between Sippel (one save) and Kayli Weiss (four saves.)
Bowdoin travels to Wesleyan for a NESCAC contest on Saturday at noon. The Huskies host Eastern Connecticut State at 3:00 p.m. the same day.