Courtesy Bowdoin Sports Information
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team held Amherst to a season-low three goals and McKenna Teague scored three times to give the Polar Bears a 5-3 win in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game at Ryan Field on Sunday. The Polar Bears (14-2) advance to the NESCAC Semifinals for the first time since 2006, where they will face Colby at Trinity College. Amherst ends their season with a record of 9-6.
Teague was the only player to net multiple goals on the afternoon and Bowdoin netminder Tara Connolly made six saves to seal the win. Amherst netminder MC McClellan collected seven saves in the loss for the Jeffs.
Marta Randall scored the game's first goal just 2:38 into the contest, but Bowdoin was able to reply with a Teague goal minutes later to deadlock the score. Teague's second goal of the contest gave the Polar Bears a lead at 11:29, only to see Hillary Densen even the score for the Jeffs moments later on a feed from Allie Horwitz. Bowdoin secured a one-goal halftime edge when Liz Clegg's 21st goal of the season put the hosts ahead, 3-2, with 4:28 remaining in the period.
Teague slashed to the goal for her third tally at 23:13 of the second period and Katie Stewart added another goal to push Bowdoin's advantage to 5-2 with 16:03 to play. The Polar Bears held Amherst scoreless for over 27 minutes until Wyatt Davis trimmed the lead to 5-3 with 11:52 on the clock. Bowdoin clamped down from there, however, as Amherst could garner little possession with under ten minutes to play.
Teague added four groundballs and two draw controls to help the Bowdoin cause. Annelies O'Dea grabbed a team-high five groundballs for the Jeffs while Claire Bennett had three caused turnovers. Bowdoin held an 18-12 edge in shots and won seven of ten draws for the afternoon.
Bowdoin's semifinal opponent, Colby, have enjoyed several tightly-played contests over the past few seasons, including a 10-9 overtime decision for the Polar Bears on April 6. Tufts will face host Trinity in the other semifinal contest next Saturday.