GORHAM, Maine -- The nationally ranked Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team displayed a patient and balanced offensive attack Wednesday afternoon to down the University of Southern Maine Huskies 14-3 in a non-conference game at Hannaford Field.
The Polar Bears, ranked ninth in the nation in this week's IWLCA Division III poll, have won two straight games, and four of their last five. The Polar Bears are now 6-3 on the season. The Huskies have dropped their last three games and fall to 4-6.
Junior Carolyn Gorajek (Hightstown, N.J.) and sophomore Jordan Smith (Glen Ridge, N.J.) paced the Bowdoin offense with three goals apiece. Seniors Katie Stewart (Chevy Chase, Md.), Elizabeth Clegg (Hudson, Ohio) and McKenna Teague (Cohasset, Mass.) each scored two goals.
Junior Tara Connolly (Simsbury, Conn.) and rookie Isabel Sippel (Ridgewood, N.Y.) split the goaltending chores for the Polar Bears each playing a half. Connolly stopped three shots in the first half and got credit for the win while Sippel registered two saves in the second half.
Sophomores Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) and Jenna Cyr (Limerick, Maine) and junior Samantha Purcell (Durham, Maine) scored for Southern Maine. Sophomore Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) recorded two assists. Sophomore goalie Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) made 13 saves.
Teague and Clegg gave the Polar Bears a 2-0 lead less than four minutes into the game. Stewart ignited a run of three goals in a span of 1:17 to expand the lead to 5-0 with 22:20 left in the half.
After more than 15 minutes of scoreless play, Gorajek found the net with 6:58 remaining in the half. Teague and Gorajek would add to the margin over the next three minutes before Cyr put the Huskies on the board with 3:11 to go. Smith would net her first marker of the day less than a minute later to make it 9-1 at halftime.
Bowdoin, which had a 33-14 edge in shots, continued to control play in the second half scoring five consecutive goals, the last two by Smith, to push its lead to 14-1. Forster and Purcell scored in the final six minutes for USM to account for the final tally.
Southern Maine hosts M.I.T. in a non-conference game on Saturday (1:00 p.m.). Bowdoin travels to Hartford, Conn., this Saturday (1:00 pm.) to play a NESCAC contest at Trinity College.