Trinity Women's Lacrosse Loses On Late Run By Bowdoin

Tri-captain Jen Durocher '19 scooped a ground ball and caused a turnover
Tri-captain Jen Durocher '19 scooped a ground ball and caused a turnover

Brunswick, Maine - Eliza Denious scored seven goals, including four in the last 11:03 of the game, to lead the Bowdoin College Polar Bears to a 17-15 victory over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action this afternoon at Ryan Field.  Trinity, ranked No. 9 in the nation, falls to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the NESCAC, while the No. 18-ranked Polar Bears improve to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the league with their second win in a row.  The Bantams will visit NESCAC rival Connecticut College on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in their next game, while Bowdoin plays at No. 21-ranked Bates in a league contest the same night at 7 p.m.  Trinity received four goals from sophomore attacker Kendall Milligan (Needham, Mass.) and led, 15-12, with 12 minutes left to play, but Bowdoin closed the game with a 5-0 run.

Trinity led, 4-0, early thanks to two goals by sophomore midfielder Sydney Bell (Falmouth, Maine), a goal and an assist by Milligan, and a player-up tally by senior tri-captain midfielder Mary French (Gloucester, Mass.) in the game first 6:17.  Denious scored the first Polar Bear goal at the 18:27 mark from Allison Williams and the teams traded scores back and forth over the next 12 minutes before the home team scored four of the final five goals of the first half to tie the game at 7-all at the break.  The Bantams took a 10-8 lead 6:32 into the second half on a goal by Bell, a second by first-year attacker Lilianna Khosrowshahi (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) from Milligan, and Milligan's third tally of the game.  Bowdoin tied it again at 11-11 on a free-position shot by Fiona Bundy at the 20:26 mark, but the visitors scored four of the next five, including two by rookie Ellie Kirkpatrick (Winnetka, Ill.) to take a 15-12 lead with 14:26 on the clock.  Polar Bear junior Kara Finnerty assisted Denious on the first goal of the go-ahead, 5-0 run, and scored the game-tying goal with 9:55 on the clock to make the score, 15-15.

The score remained the same for nearly six minutes until Finnerty again fed Denious to put Bowdoin ahead for good.  Denious won the ensuing draw and scored again with 3:28 left to play to make it, 17-15, and Trinity turned the ball over on its last possession.  Bowdoin narrowly outshot Trinity, 35-27, but won 24 of the 35 draws and scooped 22 ground balls to Trinity's nine.  Bell and Khosrowshahi both had hat tricks for Trinity, while Bell added an assist and three draw controls, and sophomore attacker Sophie Berger (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) contributed two goals and a team-high four assists.  Rookie goalie Gabriella Young (Raleigh, N.C.) had 11 saves for the Bantams.  Finnerty had a goal and four assists while Bundy added three goals and two helpers. Katie Miller led all players with 11 draw controls, while Bowdoin's Erin Morrissey made four saves in 48:57 and Aaliyah Biondo added two saves and no goals allowed over the final 11:03.