LEWISTON, Maine—The No. 14 Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team defeated No. 21 Bates College 14-2 tonight in a NESCAC game played on Garcelon Field.
The Polar Bears improved to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in NESCAC play. The Bobcats fall to 7-4 and 3-3 in the NESCAC. Bowdoin built a 10-0 lead in the first half and never looked back.
Sophomore Margaret Smith (Wilton, Conn.) and senior Katie Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored for Bates. First-year Jordyn Tveter (Topsfield, Mass.) won a game-high six draws for the Bobcats. Sophomore Jillian Futter (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) had a game-high three caused turnovers, and junior Isabelle Paulus (Bath, Maine) scooped up a game-high four ground balls. Senior Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.) played the opening 30 minutes and made four saves. Sophomore Rachael Deptula (Durham, N.H.) stopped five shots in the second half.
Eliza Denious and Katie Miller each logged three goals for the Polar Bears. Denious also won four draws. Elizabeth Growney dished out five assists. Fiona Buddy added two goals and an assist, while Alison Williams and Natalie Rudin both scored twice. Kara Finnerty had a goal, an assist and two caused turnovers. Erin Morrissey made six saves in goal for Bowdoin.
The Polar Bears scored the first two goals of the game on free positions shots by Denious and Rudin. Bundy logged an unassisted tally, and Rudin followed with another free position goal to make it 4-0 with 19:07 left in the first. Growney set up Miller's first goal of the game before Denious made it 6-0 with 14:35 on the clock. Growney assisted four of the last five goals in the first half. She set up Bundy's goal at 11:32. Miller then scored off an assist from Finnerty, before Growney set up goals by Miller and Williams before the break.
Denious scored the first goal of the second half 1:04 in to give Bowdoin an 11-0 lead. Smith broke through for Bates with her team-leading 26th goal of the season with 26:59 remaining. The Polar Bears put together the next three goals for a 14-1 advantage. With 1:35 left, Allard notched her 25th goal this year for the final score.
The Polar Bears finished with 17-10 advantage in ground balls and a 28-15 lead in shots. The Bobcats held a 9-8 edge in draw controls. Bates was successful on 15-of-16 clear attempts, while Bowdoin was successful on 18-of-20.
The Bobcats are back in action on Saturday, April 6, when they host Connecticut College for a NESCAC contest at noon.