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.
- 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.
- 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.