Sachs Scores Five to Lead #6 Bowdoin to Victory at Tufts

MEDFORD - Junior Betsy Sachs (Glenside, PA) scored five goals as sixth-ranked Bowdoin wrapped up its regular season with a 12-6 women's lacrosse victory at Tufts on Wednesday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (13-2/8-2 NESCAC) have a home berth into the 2013 NESCAC Championship tournament which starts on Saturday. Tufts also earned one of the eight spots in the tournament. Official seeds and pairings will be announced at the conclusion of today's NESCAC contests.

Tufts scored the first goal on Wednesday by senior co-captain Kerry Eaton (Norfolk, MA), but the Polar Bears netted the next six and never looked back. Senior co-captain Carolyn Gorajek (Hightstown, NJ) scored three goals and assisted another during the Polar Bear run. Her third goal put Bowdoin up 6-1 with 6:27 remaining until halftime.

The teams traded goals by Eaton and Sachs for a 7-2 Bowdoin lead at the break. The Bears had a 16-7 advantage in shots for the half and could have led by more if not for six saves by Jumbo senior goalie Tess Shapanka (Sudbury, MA).

The hosts pulled within 7-3 on junior Gabby Horner's (Allentown, NJ) goal five minutes into the second half. However, Sachs and junior Jordan Smith (Glen Ridge, NJ) scored on free-position shots for Bowdoin to open a 9-3 lead.

A free-position, man-up goal by Tufts first-year Caroline Ross (Sewickley, PA), her second goal of the game, brought Tufts to within 10-5 with 4:49 on the clock. Sachs and Smith had the next two for Bowdoin though and the Polars closed out the victory.

Sachs added four draw controls and two caused turnovers in a strong game for Bowdoin. Gorajek also had a five-point game with the three goals and two assists. Smith finished with three goals and had two caused turnovers. Senior co-captain Hannah Wright (Rutland, VT) led the visitors with three groundballs, while senior goalie Tara Connolly (Simsbury, CT) made six saves.

Eaton scored three times to lead Tufts. Senior Collier Clegg (Evanston, IL) recorded five draw controls while sophomore Emily Wright (Richmond, VA) collected three groundballs. Shapanka made nine saves total.

Bowdoin finished with advantages of 29-20 in shots, 14-11 in groundballs, and 13-7 in draw controls. They had four goals on eight free-position chances.

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MEDFORD, Mass Betsy Sachs tallied five goals as Bowdoin concluded their regular season with a 12-6 win over Tufts this afternoon.

The Polar Bears end the regular season with a 13-2 overall record, while going 8-2 in conference play. Bowdoin locked up the third seed in the NESCAC playoffs and will host the sixth seed Hamilton on Saturday afternoon in a NESCAC quarterfinal match-up. Tufts ends the regular season at 7-7 (3-7 NESCAC) and will head to the number one seed Trinity for the first round.

Sachs led both teams with five goals, while Carolyn Gorajek and Jordan Smith each scored three for Bowdoin. Gorajek also picked up a pair of assists to lead both teams. Tara Connolly stopped six shots in net for the Polar Bears, while her Tufts' Tess Shapanka made nine on the other end. Kerry Eaton led the Jumbos with three goals, while Caroline Ross tallied a pair.

Tufts struck first in the afternoon's match-up with a shot from Eaton under five minutes into the game. Bowdoin answered with a six goal run over the next 14 minutes. Gorajek supplied three goals over the run, including Bowdoin's opening point off a free position at 21:19.

Sachs added a pair of goals on either side of a shot from Smith from Gorajek. Tufts scored their second of the game with just over five minutes remaining in the half to trail Bowdoin 6-2. Sachs scored her third of the half off a free position at 3:35 to close out the first half with the Polar Bears leading 7-2.

The Jumbos repeated the opening half's feat, with a goal at 25:03 into the second. Sachs and Smith raddled off a pair of free position goals to lead Tufts 9-3. Smith, Sachs, and Lindsay Picard all added goals in the final ten minutes as Bowdoin and Tufts traded goals to close out the game.

Bowdoin outshot Tufts 29-20 and grabbed 14 ground balls in the win. The Polar Bears also led 8-6 in caused turnovers.

Bowdoin hosts Hamilton on Saturday afternoon at 12:00 p.m.


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