BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team is set to take on The College of New Jersey in the Third Round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday at Trinity College.
The Polar Bears and Lions will play the second game on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., following the opening contest between Trinity and Pomona Pitzer at 11:30 a.m. Saturday's winners will play on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. for the right to advance to the NCAA Semifinals. Tickets will be $6 each day for adults and $3 for students. For fans unable to attend the games, Trinity will provide a live video webcast and live stats (see links above).
The Polar Bears will face their stiffest non-conference test this weekend as they battle The College of New Jersey. Bowdoin has faced TCNJ in women's lacrosse just one time prior - the 2011 NCAA Semifinals when the Polar Bears rallied from a 5-2 halftime deficit to stun the Lions 11-9 and advance to their only Division III title game.
Bowdoin College Polar Bears (16-3; national ranking: 4)
The Polar Bears are making their sixth appearance in NCAA Tournament play...Bowdoin last qualified for the Championship in 2013, and advanced to the Regional Finals...the Polar Bears have reached at least the regional finals (Elite 8) in every tournament in which they've participated, including an NCAA Division III title game appearance in 2011...Bowdoin is 9-5 all-time in tourney play...the Polar Bears enter the championship as the #4 ranked team in the latest IWLCA Division III poll...Six Polar Bears were recognized in All-Region selections this week: Lindsay Picard, Taylor Wilson, Emma Beecher and Natalie Moore (first team) along with Sarah Freeman and Megan O'Connor (second team)...Bowdoin features an extremely balanced attack with eight players scoring double-figures in goals this year...Picard leads Bowdoin in goals and points with 44 and 57, respectively...Head Coach Liz Grote is in her 13th season with the Polar Bears... Grote is the winningest coach in program history with a 153-73 (.675) record... This is her fifth trip to the NCAA Tournament with Bowdoin.
The College of New Jersey Lions (17-3; national ranking: 7)
Since falling to Trinity, 15-8, at home on April 15, the Lions have reeled off seven straight wins, highlighted by capturing a NJAC Championship and scoring a 10-7 win over St. John Fisher in the second round of the NCAA Tournament...During their winning streak, TCNJ has allowed more than five goals in a game just once...Kendal Borup leads the offensive attack for the Lions with 74 goals and 18 assists for 92 points...Ava Fitzgerald is second on the team with 58 markers and Cortney Natalicchio has added 50 tallies of her own...In net, Kelly Schlupp is 17-3 with a 5.34 goals-against average and a .340 save percentage.