Jeffs Fall at Bowdoin, 11-3, for First Conference Loss

Lamia Harik '12 made 14 saves against Bowdoin.

From a Bowdoin College release

BRUNSWICK, ME – The 18th-ranked Amherst College women’s lacrosse team trailed Bowdoin College by only one goal at halftime, but the host Polar Bears out-scored the Lord Jeffs 8-1 in the second half en route to an 11-3 victory Saturday at Ryan Field. Amherst falls to 3-2 (2-1 NESCAC) on the season, while Bowdoin improves to 3-3 (2-1 NESCAC).

First-year Marta Randall (Monkton, MD) scored two free position goals for Amherst, with sophomore Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, CT) accounting for the Jeffs’ third goal. Katie Stewart had three goals and an assist to lead the Polar Bears, who got two tallies apiece from Katy Dissinger, Katie Herter and Liz Clegg.

Leading 3-2 at halftime, Bowdoin scored six unanswered goals to open the second half to take command of the contest. Ingrid Oelschlager started the run with a goal just 20 seconds into the period, and Stewart scored twice in the run as the Polar Bears took a 9-2 advantage with 17:25 remaining.

Randall was able to cut it to 9-3 with 16:26 to go, but Carolyn Gorajek answered less than three minutes later for Bowdoin. The Polar Bears secured the win by out-shooting the Jeffs 18-4 in the second stanza and forcing seven Amherst turnovers in the period.

Tara Connolly stopped 10 shots for the Polar Bears, including seven key saves in the opening period. Sophomore Lamia Harik (Rye Brook, NY) made 14 saves in the loss for Amherst, which was held to its lowest goal output since a 14-3 loss to Middlebury on Apr. 5, 2008.

Stewart had three caused turnovers and two ground balls for Bowdoin, which also received three draw control wins from Dissinger. Sophomore Meredith LaRose (Cranford, NJ) had two caused turnovers and two draw controls for the Jeffs.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Tuesday, Mar. 30, when they travel to Springfield College for a 7 p.m. non-conference game.