|Date and Time:||04/13/2008, 1:00PM|
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team snapped a three-game NESCAC losing skid with an important 6-5 win over Wesleyan on Sunday at Howard Ryan Field. The Polar Bears (7-4, 2-3 NESCAC) move into sixth place in the conference standings while Wesleyan (5-6, 2-4) drops into a seventh-place tie.
In a defensive battle that featured a combined 50 turnovers and 33 fouls, the Polar Bears looked to take control from the start. Bowdoin converted on their first four shots of the game, as Christina Denitzio and Bobbi Dennison scored in the first five minutes and Ashley Peterson notched consecutive tallies to give the hosts a 4-0 just 12 minutes into the contest.
The Cardinals clamped down defensively, however, holding the Polar Bears scoreless for the next 29:51, and rallying to tie the score late in the second half. Jess Chukwu cut the lead to 4-1 at intermission and opened the second-half scoring to trim the lead to two goals. Wesleyan's Sarah Orkin and Bowdoin's Bobbi Dennison traded scores to make it 5-3 Bowdoin with 18:10 remaining. Sarah Hoefle found the back of the net for the Cardinals at 12:47 and Erin McCarthy's goal with 7:10 left tied the game at 5-5.
Wesleyan won the ensuing draw control, and the teams traded possessions without getting any shots on goal. With the Cardinals controlling the ball at midfield, Bowdoin's Abbie Mitchell collected a groundball and found Taylor McCormack. McCormack drove down the field and found Ali Draudt in front of the goal. Draudt buried a turnaround shot with 3:10 remaining to give the Polar Bears the lead for good.
With under a minute to play Wesleyan's Sophie Kim gathered a loose ball and drove towards the net for the tying score, but Mitchell forced her seventh turnover of the game and Stephanie Collins-Finn picked up the groundball to seal the win. Collins-Finn ended with 11 saves for Bowdoin while Rachel Stemerman made 14 stops for Wesleyan.
Dennison and Peterson had two goals apiece for Bowdoin, while Denitzio finished with a goal and an assist. Defensively, Abbie Mitchell's seven forced turnovers were a season-high for a Polar Bear. Wesleyan's Jess Chukwu led the Cardinals with two goals as Lisa Zweigenhaft caused three turnovers and earned two groundballs.