Bowdoin women’s lax tops USM, 14-3
GORHAM — The Bowdoin College women’s lacrosse team displayed a patient and balanced offensive attack Wednesday afternoon to down the University of Southern Maine Huskies 14-3 in a non-conference game at Hannaford Field.
The Polar Bears, ranked ninth in the nation in this week’s IWLCA Division III poll, have won two straight games, and four of their last five. The Polar Bears are now 6-3 on the season. The Huskies have dropped their last three games and fell to 4-6.
Junior Carolyn Gorajek and sophomore Jordan Smith paced the Bowdoin offense with three goals apiece. Seniors Katie Stewart, Elizabeth Clegg and McKenna Teague each scored two goals.
Tara Connolly and Isabel Sippel split the goaltending chores for the Polar Bears each playing a half. Connolly stopped three shots in the first half and got credit for the win while Sippel registered two saves in the second half. Betsy Sachs had three groundballs, three draw controls and a caused turnover for Bowdoin.
Sophomores Rosie Forster and Jenna Cyr and junior Samantha Purcell of Durham scored for Southern Maine. Sophomore Jacki Kelly of Brunswick recorded two assists. Sophomore goalie Kim Vogel made 13 saves.
Teague and Clegg gave the Polar Bears a 2-0 lead less than four minutes into the game. Stewart ignited a run of three goals in a span of 1:17 to expand the lead to 5-0 with 22:20 left in the half.
Bowdoin, which improved to 14-0 all-time against USM, travels to Hartford, Conn., this Saturday (1 p.m.) to play a NESCAC contest at Trinity College. Southern Maine hosts M. I. T. in a non-conference game on Saturday (1 p.m.).