Gorajek Helps #13 Bowdoin Down #14 Tufts in OT

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Carolyn Gorajek scored five goals, including the overtime game-winner, to give Bowdoin College a 10-9 win over Tufts in its regular season finale on Wednesday evening.

The Polar Bears (10-5, 6-4 NESCAC), ranked 13th nationally, have secured the fifth seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. The Jumbos (9-5, 5-5

NESCAC) are ranked 14th and will be the sixth seed in the conference tourney. Bowdoin will travel to play at fourth-seeded Amherst while Tufts will play at Middlebury in quarterfinal games on Saturday, April 28 at noon.

Gorajek tied her season-high with five goals while Chelsea Albright added two tallies for Bowdoin. Lara Kozin scored four goals with an assist to pace Tufts, who also got three goals from Gabby Horner and two tallies and three assists courtesy of Kerry Eaton.

Gorajek scored three times in a span of 2:13 late in the first period to break a 3-3 deadlock and, after a Kozin goal with 11 ticks left in the frame, lifted the hosts to a 6-4 edge at halftime. Tufts responded with a 4-1 run to open the second half, and Kozin's fourth score of the night gave the visitors their first lead, 8-7, with 16:03 to go.

After the teams traded possessions for the next eight minutes, Bowdoin scored twice in a 16-second span to regain the lead. Gorajek knotted the game at 8-8 with 7:57 to go and, after the ensuing draw, Katie Stewart drove down the middle for an unassisted score with 7:41 remaining to give the Polar Bears a 9-8 edge. Gabby Horner evened the score again for Tufts with 5:22 left in regulation as the game entered overtime.

Tufts had the first possession in the extra session, but turned the ball over. Gorajek converted on a free-position shot to regain the lead for Bowdoin and Tara Connolly made a clutch save on a shot by Kate Applegate to preserve the victory.

Bowdoin held a 31-19 edge in shots, but Tufts was able to stay close thanks to stellar play by netminder Tess Shapanka, who stoped 14 shots.

Connolly made seven saves in net for Bowdoin. Tufts committed 17 turnovers in the loss as Bowdoin's Stewart collected three draw controls, forced three turnovers and picked up two ground balls. Molly Paduda had six ground balls and two caused turnovers for Bowdoin. Kelly Cakert had five draw controls and three ground balls for the Jumbos.

2012-04-25



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