Women's lacrosse has wild comeback in OT loss

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 16, 2013
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Meg Mooney (Dustin Satloff Photography)

BRUNSWICK, Maine --- The sixth-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team fought back from a 9-3 deficit to send the game to overtime, but Bowdoin College scored the lone goal of the third extra period to lift the eighth-ranked Polar Bears to an 11-10 NESCAC win Tuesday night.

Carolyn Gorajek scored the game-winning goal with 2:02 remaining in the third overtime The goal rescued the eighth-ranked Polar Bears (10-2, 7-2 NESCAC), who squandered a six-goal lead over the final 16:32. The sixth-ranked Mules (9-2, 7-2) scored six times in the final 16:00 to force the extra session. 

Colby distributed their scoring among eight different players, led by two goals and two assists from Katharine Eddy. Lindsey McKenna had two goals for the Mules, while Michelle Burt (three saves) and Claire Dickson (five saves) split time in net for the visitors. 

Gorajek finished with four goals and two assists to lead all players and goaltender Tara Connolly stopped 17 shots for Bowdoin in the victory. Jordan Smith added three goals and Betsy Sachs had two. 

Bowdoin used a 5-1 run over the final 20:22 of the opening period to carry a 7-3 lead into halftime. Smith and Sachs scored twice in the run to spark the Polar Bears. Smith and Mackenzie Schleicher added goals to open the second half to push the Bowdoin advantage to 9-3 with 16:32 remaining. 

Katie Griffin answered 32 seconds later for Colby, which started to chip away at the Bowdoin lead. McKenna scored at 13:14, Abby Hatch scored at 9:15 and Alex Mintz added a marker at 7:18 to close the gap to 9-7. The Mules drew within a single goal with 27 seconds remaining when Hilary Barr put home a free-position shot, setting the stage for Eddy, who took a pass from Mintz on the wing and flipped home the game-tying goal just before the horn.

In the first OT, Gorajek and McKenna traded scores as the game entered the second OT tied at 10-10. After a scoreless second OT, Gorajek was awarded a free-position shot less than a minute into the third extra session and converted. 

Colby held a 33-24 advantage in shots for the game, while Bowdoin committed 24 turnovers to 21 for the Mules. Meg Mooney had three caused turnovers and three ground balls for Colby. Eddy had five draw controls.  

Colby will play host to Colorado College on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Bowdoin 11, Colby 10, 3 OT
Colby...............  3  6  1  0  0 - 10
Bowdoin.............  7  2  1  0  1 - 11
Colby SCORING: GOALS: Katharine Eddy 2; Lindsey McKenna 2; Alex Mintz
1; Kate Pistel 1; Hilary Barr 1; Dana Swaffield 1; Katie Griffin 1;
Abby Hatch 1. 
ASSISTS: Katharine Eddy 2; Alex Mintz 1. 
Bowdoin SCORING: GOALS: Carolyn Gorajek 4; Jordan Smith 3; Betsy Sachs
2; Lindsay Picard 1; Mackenzie Schleicher 1. 
ASSISTS: Carolyn Gorajek 2; Megan O'Connor 1. 
SHOTS - Colby 33; Bowdoin 24.
TURNOVERS - Colby 21; Bowdoin 24.
GOALIES - Colby: Michelle Burt (30:00 minutes, 10 shots-3 saves, 7
GA) , Claire Dickson (39:58, 9-5, 4); Bowdoin: Tara Connolly (69:58,
27-17, 10).

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