BRUNSWICK, Maine – No. 18 Bowdoin College mounted a strong second-half rally to defeat the No. 16 Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team, 13-11, on Saturday at Ryan Field.
The Polar Bears (10-3, 5-3 NESCAC), who trailed by four goals with under 20 minutes remaining, outscored the Cardinals (8-5, 4-4 NESCAC) 9-3 over the final 18:45 to claim the win.
- Wesleyan controlled the first half thanks in great part to the play of goaltender Allegra Grant '20, who made five first-half saves.
- After the teams traded opening goals, the Cardinals outscored the Polar Bears 6-1 over the final 19:20 of the opening period to carry a 7-3 lead into intermission.
- Abigail Horst '19 sparked the surge with three goals in the first period.
- After the squads traded goals to open the second period, Wesleyan held an 8-4 edge with 21:15 to go following an Abby Manning '20 goal.
- Bowdoin used a quick 4-0 surge over a span of 4:29 to draw even, with Hannah Hirschfeld scoring twice in the run.
- Wesleyan regained the lead on two occasions, at 9-8 and 10-9, and still owned a one-goal lead with under eight minutes to go.
- Kate McAloon tied the game at 10-10 with 7:35 remaining and, following a draw control by Katie Miller, Hirschfeld gave Bowdoin the lead for good just 32 seconds later.
- The Polar Bears stretched their lead on goals by Eliza Denious and Hirschfeld with under five minutes to go to seal the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Horst had a terrific day as she scored five goals for Wesleyan, four of which came in the first half. Caitlin Wood '19 added two goals while Jordan Ansell '21 had a game-high three caused turnovers.
- Hirschfeld scored all five of her goals in the decisive second half for Bowdoin. She also had three assists in the game. Denious had two goals, two draw controls and two caused turnovers for the Polar Bears while McAloon had a team-best four draws.
- Grant finished with 13 saves for Wesleyan and Kayli Weiss posted six for Bowdoin.
- The Polar Bears held a 30-22 advantage in shots thanks in great part to a 19-9 edge in the second half.
- The Cardinals cashed in on 5-7 free position shots.
- Wesleyan is back in action Saturday, April 21 and will host Hamilton on Senior Day at noon.
-- Recap courtesy of Bowdoin Athletic Communications --