#9 Bowdoin Downs Southern Maine 20-5

Freshman Anh Nguyen
Freshman Anh Nguyen

(Courtesy of Bowdoin College Sports Information)

            BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The ninth-ranked Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team scored a season-high 20 goals to take a 20-5 win over the University of Southern Maine in a non-conference game Wednesday evening at Ryan Field.

            The Polar Bears improve to 8-2 with their second straight win.  The Huskies drop to 7-4 with the loss.

            In the victory, Bowdoin senior goaltender Tara Connolly (Simsbury, Conn.) earned her 41st career victory in net for the Polar Bears, establishing a new program record.  Nine different players scored for Bowdoin, led by four goals each by rookie Megan O'Connor (Concord, Mass.) and junior Mackenzie Schleicher (Londonderry, N.H.).  Junior Jordan Smith (Glen Ridge, N.J.) added three scores while sophomore Taylor Wilson (Chevy Chase, Md.) and rookies Kimberly Nault (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Emma Beecher (Morristown, N.J.) had two goals each.

            For Southern Maine, junior Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) led the way with three goals.

            Bowdoin scored the first five goals of the game, including three from Schleicher.  Kelly and classmate Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) sandwiched a goal by Smith to make it 6-2 midway through the first half, but the Polar Bears extended their lead to 13-2 by halftime thanks to a 7-0 run over the final 15:08.

            Kelly scored two of her three goals in the second period for the Huskies, but the Polar Bears' lead proved too much for the Huskies to overcome.  The Polar Bears reached the 20-goal plateau for the first time since scoring 21 against UNE on April 22 of last season.

            Connolly made three saves in the first half for Bowdoin before giving way to sophomore Isabel Sippel (Ridgewood, N.J.), who was not credited with a stop in the second half.  Junior Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) made nine saves in 54:03 for Southern Maine before being replaced by freshman Caley Presby (Portland, Maine/Deering) in the final 5:57.

            Kelly had three draw controls for the Huskies while junior Jenna Cyr (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic) was credited with two caused turnovers.

            USM will play at Western Connecticut State University on Saturday (12:00 p.m.).  Bowdoin will return to action on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) at Wesleyan University.