O’Neill, Thompson net two goals vs. No. 14 Bowdoin
|Molly Radis ’10 scored a goal and added an assist in her final home game.|
LEWISTON, Maine — No. 14 nationally ranked Bowdoin overpowered the Bates women’s lacrosse team for a 17-6 NESCAC win on Tuesday night, dashing the host Bobcats’ hopes of securing a berth in the upcoming conference playoffs. It was the Bobcats’ first loss of the season by a margin of more than five goals.
It was the fourth win in a row for the Polar Bears (10-4, 6-2 NESCAC), who will wrap up the regular season by hosting Tufts on Friday at 7 p.m.
Bates (6-7, 2-6 NESCAC) plays its regular-season finale at Colby on Friday at 7 p.m. The Bobcats remain in eighth place in the conference, but will need a win over Colby or a loss by Connecticut College on Friday against Wesleyan to make the eight-team field of the NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Championships.
Katie Stewart scored four goals and added two assists, Liz Clegg added four goals and one assist, and Katie Herter contributed three goals and an assist to lead Bowdoin. Katy Dissinger and Ingrid Oelschlager added two goals apiece.
Although the game was evenly played for most of the first half, Bowdoin slowly built up a lead thanks in large part to the play of first-year goalie Tara Connolly, who made several excellent saves of high-quality shots by the Bobcats in the early going. Meanwhile Bowdoin got on the board with 25:48 left in the period on an unassisted goal by Herter. Clegg scored back-to-back goals at the 19:28 and 13:56 marks to make it 3-0, and Ingrid Oelschlager (2 goals) put the visitors ahead 4-0 on an assist by Carolyn Gorajek with 12:25 left in the period.
Bates got its first score with 11:34 left in the period, as sophomore Joan O’Neill (Westwood, Mass.) connected to close the gap to 4-1. But Bowdoin then scored eight unanswered goals over a period stretching into the fifth minute of the second half for an insurmountable 12-1 lead with 25:23 to go.
Sophomore Lindsay Thompson (Ipswich, Mass.) scored the first of her two goals on the night, giving Bates its second goal of the game with 22:35 left. Stewart responded with back-to-back goals for a 14-2 Bowdoin lead with 18:15 to go.
The Bobcats finally found some offensive momentum in the final quarter of the game, scoring four times in the final 15 minutes, but they were unable to threaten Bowdoin’s commanding lead.
O’Neill scored two goals, extending her streak to 12 consecutive games with multiple goals. The sophomore now has 35 goals on the year. Thompson also scored twice, and senior Molly Radis (Peaks Island, Maine) added a goal and an assist.
Bates starting goalie Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) made nine saves before giving way to sophomore Leah Elsmore (Broadview Heights, Ohio) for the final 17:08. Connolly finished with 12 saves for Bowdoin.