Big Second Half Leads TCNJ over Bowdoin in NCAA Women's Lacrosse

Annie Glenn had three ground balls and two caused turnovers against TCNJ
Annie Glenn had three ground balls and two caused turnovers against TCNJ

HARTFORD, Conn. - The College of New Jersey women's lacrosse team scored six unanswered goals in the final 18 minutes to defeat Bowdoin, 10-5, in the Third Round of the NCAA Division III Championship on Saturday at Trinity College.

The fourth-ranked Polar Bears end a fantastic season with a record of 16-4. The seventh-ranked Lions improve to 18-3 and will face Trinity on Sunday for a trip to the Division III semifinals.

Emma Beecher scored twice for Bowdoin while Lindsay Picard, Mettler Growney and Megan O'Connor accounted for the other Polar Bear goals as TCNJ held Bowdoin to its lowest scoring output of the season. Cortney Natalicchio sparked the TCNJ offense with five goals, including four in the decisive second-half surge by the Lions.

Bowdoin jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first seven minutes before TCNJ rallied to tie the score with three straight goals over a five-minute span midway through the opening period. O'Connor and Natalicchio traded goals before the break as the contest entered halftime tied at 4-4.

Beecher put home a free-position shot six minutes into the second period to give Bowdoin a 5-4 lead that they carried until the 18:04 mark when Natalicchio spearheaded the Lions game-winning spurt. She scored four goals - all unassisted - in a span of 6:04 to turn a one-goal deficit into a 8-5 lead with 12:00 remaining. With Bowdoin pressing to get back into the game, TCNJ goaltender Kelly Schlupp made six big second-half saves to shut the Polar Bears out over the final 24:04. The Lions tacked on a pair of late goals to seal the 10-5 win.

Schlupp finished with eight saves in the win for TCNJ. Isabel Sippel made seven saves in goal for Bowdoin over 53:25. Kayli Weiss surrendered one goal in 6:35 of play.

TCNJ held a 23-13 edge in shots and won 11 of 17 draw controls in the game. Bowdoin committed 11 turnovers in the loss.