First Half Surge Carries Middlebury Past Women's Lacrosse

Eliza Denious led Bowdoin with four goals
Eliza Denious led Bowdoin with four goals

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Middlebury women's lacrosse team scored nine consecutive goals to close out the first half and held on to the lead for a 21-18 NESCAC win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (2-4, 1-3 NESCAC) went up 8-3 in the opening of the game, but the sixth-ranked Panthers (4-1, 3-1) took a lead into the half and never relinquished control.

Game Highlights

  • Bowdoin and Middlebury traded goals in the opening minutes, with Eliza Denious giving the Polar Bears a 1-0 lead before Jane Earley tied it 30 seconds later.
  • The Polar Bears went ahead 8-3 by the midway point of the first half, paced by three Denious goals.
  • Middlebury scored nine straight goals to close out the half, led by three from Earley.
  • Katie Miller came out firing in the beginning of the second and scored for Bowdoin making it 12-9.
  • The Polar Bears pulled within two off Fiona Bundy's goal at 23:38, but the Panthers went on a four goal run to extend their lead.
  • The teams traded chances through the remainder of the game, ending with a pair of last minute goals from Allison Williams and Bundy.

By the Numbers

  • Earley led both teams with five goals. Emma McDonagh and Casey O'Niell each chipped in four goals.
  • Denious paced the Polar Bears with four goals. Bundy and Miller each tallied a hat trick, while Kara Finnerty dished out four assists.
  • Middlebury held a 39-29 shot advantage. Bowdoin won 24 draw controls to Middlebury's 15.
  • The Polar Bears suffered 16 turnovers while the Panthers committed 11.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin travels to Wheaton tomorrow for a rescheduled game at 2:00 p.m.
  • Middlebury plays at Salisbury on Monday at 4:00 p.m.