Connecticut College Falls to No. 13 Bowdoin

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior Carolyn Gorajek (Hightstown, N.J.) scored four first half goals to lead No. 13 Bowdoin to an 8-5 victory at Connecticut College Saturday.

The visitors stormed out to a 7-0 first half lead, netting five of their goals in the opening 3:43 of regulation.

Lindsay Picard (New York, N.Y.) chipped in with one goal, one assist and four draw controls for the Polar Bears. Taylor Wilson (Chevy Chase, Md.) added five ground balls, three draws and a goal for the winning side. Sophomore Isabel Sipped (Ridgewood, N.J.) collected six of her 10 saves in the second stanza for the visitors.

Connecticut College senior Bri Miller (Sudbury, Mass.) had three goals and an assist for the Camels. With 75 goals and 22 assist, Miller is just three points away from reaching the 100 point barrier. Heidi Halsted (Mill Valley, Calif.) and Lowell Abbott (Manchester, Mass.) scored second half goals for the hosts. Sophomore Lindsey Macdonald (Wayland, Mass.) recorded three ground balls and two caused turnovers for the Camels.

Junior Caitlin Cataldo (Orange, Conn.) made 17 saves in the setback for the hosts.

Bowdoin had its offense working early. Gorajek netted free position goals 47 seconds apart to build a 4-0 advantage with 27:06 remaining. Then, with 26:17 remaining, Mackenzie Schleicher (Londonderry, N.H.) buried a turnaround shot to make it a 5-0 game. Olivia Raisner (Marblehead, Mass.) set up the sixth goal, intercepting a pass and hitting Gorajek in transition for a score with 22:32 remaining. Gorajek tacked on one more with 7:52 to play and the visitors carried the 7-0 advantage into the break.

Bowdoin scored their eighth goal just 2:28 into the second stanza when Gorajek connected with Jordan Smith (Glen Ridge, N.J.) on a high-low play in the box.

However, the Camels were not done and Miller got the hosts on the board with 26:32 remaining. After Halsted buried a free position goal, Miller executed for the Camels with a nifty looking wrap around move to make it an 8-3 game with 12:34 remaining. Then, with 57.6 seconds remaining Miller took a feed from Libby Nichols (Baltimore, Md.) and scored to make it an 8-4 contest. Abbott reduced the deficit to 8-5 when she scored with 40.8 seconds left but the Camels did not have enough time to complete the comeback.

Both goalies were magnificent Saturday. Sippel made numerous point-blank saves, including a gem on Abbott's scoring bid with 4:17 remaining in regulation. Cataldo, who saw her first action since 2011, kept the score down with her 10 first half stops and showed little rust in goal for the hosts.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. - Bowdoin sprinted to an 8-0 lead and held on for an 8-5 win over Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (1-0) were led by four goals from Carolyn Gorajek in the win. Isabel Sippel stopped 15 shots in net for Bowdoin. Bri Miller paced Connecticut College with a three-goal, one-assist effort.

Bowdoin took command early with six goals in the first 7:28 of the contest. Gorajek scored three goals in the surge with Lindsay Picard, Taylor Wilson and Mackenzie Schleicher also adding markers. Gorajek capped the half with a goal at the 7:52 mark of the period to give the hosts a 7-0 lead at intermission.

The Polar Bears opened the second half with a score from Jordan Smith to extend its lead to eight goals. The Camels scored five times in the final 26 minutes, including twice in the final 57 seconds to close the final gap to 8-5.

Caitlin Cataldo made 17 stops for Conn. College. Bowdoin was led by five ground balls from Taylor Wilson, who also won three draw controls. Lindsay Picard won four draw controls for the Polar Bears.

The Polar Bears will return to action at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the University of New England.


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