Wesleyan Drops NESCAC Match to No. 9 Bowdoin

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (April 13) - Getting four goals an an assist from number-two scorer junior Jordan Smith, ninth-ranked Bowdoin improved to 9-2 on the year and 6-2 NESCAC play with a 9-4 road win at Wesleyan here today.

Wesleyan fell to 0-7 in conference action and 4-8 overall. With the victory, Bowdoin locked up a first-round NESCAC tournament game with two regular-season conference tilts remaining. The first of those comes up Tues., April 16 at home vs. Colby in a game that could decide this year's C-B-B winner. Bowdoin already owns an 11-6 win over Bates while Colby and Bates have yet to play. Wesleyan also hits the field again Tuesday, traveling to Hartford to play top-ranked and undefeated Trinity.

Smith, who now has 22 goals on the year along with six assists for 28 points, started and finished the day's scoring, giving Bowdoin a 1-0 lead at 27:39 on a good catch of a high pass from freshman Lindsay Picard in traffic, and a smart turn and high shot past Wesleyan freshman keeper Nina Labovich. Labovich ended the game with 10 saves.

Wesleyan tied the game 50 seconds later when senior Kaylin Berger fed senior Catherine Taibi from the left side and Taibi found the net behind Polar Bear netminder senior Tara Connolly to make it a 1-1 game. Connolly went on to post six saves in the contest. The assist gave Berger her 100th career point, becoming just the 13th Wesleyan player to accomplish the feat.

Bowdoin rattled off the next five goals, three in the first half and the opening two of the second half, for a 6-1 lead with 28:09 to go. Picard, who closed out the day with two goals and two assists, had two of the first four markers during the run before assisting on the fifth to lead the charge. She now has 16 points on the year. Giving Bowdoin the lead for goods at 23:11 with her team-leading 31st goal of the year was senior Carolyn Gorajek.

Wesleyan cut the margin to 6-3 with 17:19 to play on a pair of goals by senior Kayla Ellman, making her the 14th Cardinal to surpass the 100-point plateau in her career, now with 101. But Polar Bear goals from Smith and junior Betsy Sachs, her second of the game, pushed the lead back to five goals at 8-3 with 14:15 on the clock.

Berger's 101st career point on a free-position goal with 12:53 ended Wesleyan scoring. Smith capped a quick two-pass setup that started with a yellow card to a Wesleyan player with :11 to go with a man-up goal at :07.6 to close out the scoring.

Shots in the game slightly favored Bowdoin, 22-19. Bowdoin had a 14-8 edge in ground balls but the Cardinals controlled a majority of the draws, 9-6. Both teams cleared very effectively, Bowdoin with 18 out of 19 and Wesleyan with 16 out of 18.

Bowdoin now leads the overall series vs. Wesleyan, 26-10-1, but Wesleyan had beaten Bowdoin two of the last three meetings in Middletown before today.


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