Courtesy Middlebury Athletic Communications
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Bowdoin will make its first appearance in the NESCAC Championship women’s lacrosse game after defeating Amherst 15-14 in double overtime. The Polar Bears will take on Middlebury, a 17-14 winner over Williams, in the title game on Sunday at noon.
Amherst jumped out to a 3-1 lead before Bowdoin scored three straight to take a 4-3 advantage with 11:06 left in the first half. Maddie Hoeg answered for Amherst before the Polar Bears closed the half with a pair of goals to take a 6-4 lead into the break.
Bowdoin went on a four-goal run to open the second half, two by Brooke Nentwig, to take a 10-4 lead. The teams exchanged the next four goals to make it 12-6 before Amherst went on a 6-0 run over the next 11 minutes to tie the game at 12. Alyssa Briody scored three goals during the run to lead the Amherst offense. Bowdoin took a 13-12 lead with 1:37 remaining, but Briody converted a free position shot with just two seconds to go, forcing the game into overtime.
Bowdoin took a 14-13 lead in overtime as Lyndsey Colburn scored with a hard bouncing shot from the right side. Amherst would tie the game once again as Scotty Hanley converted with a similar shot at the 1:19 mark.
Taylor White netted the game-winner for Bowdoin, as she converted a free position shot from the left side to give the Polar Bears a 15-14 win in the second overtime period.
White led Bowdoin with five goals on the afternoon, while Nentwig added four. Briody paced Amherst with six, while Amy Craig tallied three on the afternoon.
Steph Collins-Finn made eight saves in goal to earn the win for Bowdoin, while Linda McEvoy made eight in a losing effort.