Women's Lacrosse Secures Third Seed With Wednesday Win at Tufts

Taylor Wilson had four goals and four draw controls in Wednesday's win at Tufts
Taylor Wilson had four goals and four draw controls in Wednesday's win at Tufts

MEDFORD, Mass. - Taylor Wilson scored a game-high four goals as the Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team secured the third seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament with a 11-9 win over Tufts on Wednesday evening.

The Polar Bears close out their regular season with an impressive 13-2 (8-2 NESCAC) mark, matching their best-ever record in league play established in 2013. The Polar Bears will host sixth-seeded Colby in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game on Saturday at noon on Ryan Field. Tufts ends the regular season with a 10-5 (6-4 NESCAC) mark and will travel to Hamilton for a first round game on Saturday.

Wilson kept Bowdoin in the game with three first-half goals, stemming the tide to set the stage for Bowdoin's rally. Along with her four goals she also notched four draw controls in the game. Lindsay Picard finished with three goals while Clare McLaughlin had two. Jenn Duffy led Tufts with three scores.

The Jumbos came out firing, opening up a 6-3 lead midway through the first period. All three of Bowdoin's goals were courtesy of Wilson while Brigid Bowser and Caroline Ross scored two apiece to give the hosts an early lead. Bowdoin settled in after the early struggles and controlled the rest of the contest, out-scoring Tufts 8-3 over the final 38:19 of the game.

Bowdoin began its decisive run with a 3-0 spurt in the final 8:19 before intermission with goals from McLaughlin, Picard and Brooke Bullington. The run continued to open the second half as Mettler Growney gave Bowdoin the lead for good just 42 seconds into the second half and Picard made it 8-6 just moments later. Tufts would get within a single goal, 8-7, following a Lindsay Walker goal with 27:10 to go, but the score remained the same for the next ten minutes as the Bowdoin defense stood tall, holding Tufts scoreless on their next six possessions.

Picard gave Bowdoin some breathing room with 16:38 to go and McLaughlin pushed the lead to 10-7 with a goal at 7:43 to help seal the win for the Polar Bears.

Natalie Moore had three caused turnovers and two ground balls in the win for Bowdoin. Isabel Sippel played the first 16:38 in goal, allowing six goals with zero saves before giving way to Kayli Weiss, who stopped eight shots and allowed three goals in a superb performance off the bench. Hannah Wiltshire made eight saves for Tufts.

Bowdoin held a 37-19 edge in shots and committed just nine turnovers in the game. The Polar Bears will battle Colby for the second time this season in Saturday's quarterfinal. Bowdoin claimed the regular-season match between the squads, 8-7. on April 7.