|Caroline Pierce '12 scored a career-high four goals.|
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Liz Clegg scored four times, including the game-winning tally in the third overtime, to lift the Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team to an 11-10 win over Bates College on Tuesday night.
The Polar Bears, who trailed by as many as three goals in the second half, improve to 8-6 (3-5 NESCAC) while Bates falls to 8-6 (3-5 NESCAC) with the defeat as the squads enter Friday's regular season finale tied for sixth place in the conference standings.
Bates has already clinched one of eight spots in the NESCAC Championship, the Bobcats' first playoff berth since 2002. The Bobcats will wrap up the regular season with a home game against Colby on Friday at 7 p.m., then will learn their NESCAC quarterfinal opponent that night. They'll play at either Colby, Tufts or Middlebury in the quarterfinals on Sunday, April 26.
The Bobcats held a 16-7 advantage in shots in the opening half and carried a 4-2 lead into the break thanks to a late tally by first-year Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.) with just two seconds remaining in the period. Bates extended their advantage to three goals on two occasions in the second period, the last of which coming on a free-position goal by first-year Caroline Pierce (Weston, Mass.) with 16:56 remaining that gave the visitors a 6-3 lead.
Bowdoin rebounded with an improbable 5-1 run over the next 10 minutes of the game as senior Lindsay McNamara scored a pair of goals in the surge. Katy Dissinger assisted on the game-tying tally by Emily Straus with 10:55 left. When Ingrid Oelschlager found the back of the net at 6:02, Bowdoin held their first lead of the game, 8-7.
Caroline Pierce deadlocked the game for Bates with 1:50 left in regulation, but Clegg yanked the lead back for Bowdoin with a score at 35 seconds. Bates won the ensuing draw control, and junior Molly Radis (Peaks Island, Maine) forced overtime with a free-position goal with just 15 ticks left in the period.
In the first of two three-minute overtime sessions, Bowdoin grabbed the lead on another goal from McNamara, but Bates found the equalizer in the second session as first-year Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) scored with just six seconds on the clock. In the sudden-death overtime session, Bowdoin's Clegg drew a foul going to goal midway through the frame and buried the game-winning score.
Collins-Finn collected 14 saves on the night. Clegg led Bowdoin with four goals while McNamara ended with three. Caroline Pierce led Bates with four goals while Radis and Dannis had two apiece. Sophomore Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) stopped five shots in net for the Bobcats.