Women's Lacrosse Ends Season in NCAA Loss to Middlebury

Photos courtesy of Will Costello
Photos courtesy of Will Costello

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team saw its season come to an end in an 18-9 loss to Middlebury in the Third Round of the NCAA Division III Championship Saturday afternoon.

The 14th-ranked Polar Bears close a fantastic season with a record of 10-8. The third-ranked Panthers (19-1) extend the nation's longest winning streak to 19 games.

Game Highlights

  • The Polar Bears opened the scoring 23 seconds into the contest, as Fiona Bundy tallied on a high shot from the left side.
  • Middlebury responded with a four-goal run, starting with a score on a quick stick from Jane Earley off a nice feed from Emily Barnard.
  • Earley and Barnard added the next two goals, before Lily Riseberg tallied on a feed from Erica Barr off a free-position attempt with 15:37 on the clock.
  • Bowdoin's Katie Miller and Kate Kelly sandwiched goals around one by Middlebury's Erin Nicholas to make it a 5-3 contest. Emma White gave the hosts a boost with an end-to-end rush in transition for her first goal of the season.
  • After a marker by Elizabeth Growney for the Polar Bears, the hosts finished the opening frame with scores from Barnard and MG Gateley for an 8-4 lead at the break.
  • Bowdoin closed the gap to 8-5 just under two minutes into the second stanza when Bundy slid a shot inside the left post.
  • The Panthers responded a pair of goals before Growney's second goal of the game cut the Middlebury lead to four goals, 10-6, with 21:53 remaining.
  • Emma McDonagh scored a pair of goals, sparking a decisive 7-1 run for Middlebury, that pushed the hosts' lead to 17-7 with under ten minutes to go.

By The Numbers

  • Jane Early had four goals for Middlebury while Grace Getman added three goals and an assist.
  • Bowdoin was led by three goals from Fiona Bundy and two goals apiece from Elizabeth Growney and Kate Kelly.
  • Kate McAloon paced Bowdoin with four draw controls while Kara Finnerty, Natalie Rudin and Paige Brown had two caused turnovers apiece.
  • Julia Keith made six saves for Middlebury while Erin Morrissey (two saves) and Aaliyah Biondo (seven saves) split time in goal for the Polar Bears.
  • Bowdoin was doomed by 22 turnovers in the loss. Middlebury owned a 35-23 edge in shots and had a slight advantage (15-14) in draw controls.