BRUNSWICK, Maine -- No. 11 Bowdoin held the No. 19 nationally ranked Bates women's lacrosse team off for a 12-10 win on Wednesday night, in a close game throughout.
Carolyn Gorajek scored five goals with three assists for the Polar Bears (4-2, 3-1 NESCAC) while the Bobcats (3-4, 1-4 NESCAC) received four goals and two assists from senior Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.).
Sophomore SooHee Yoon (Lexington, Mass.) and senior Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) had two goals and one assist apiece, with Dannis also collecting five draw controls. Sophomore Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) had a goal and an assist in addition to a game-high six draw controls. Junior Eloise O'Connor (Loudonville, N.Y.) made three saves in the loss.
In addition to Gorajek's eight points, Bowdoin got two goals from Elizabeth Clegg and a goal and two assists from Betsy Sachs. Tara Connolly made 11 saves for the Polar Bears.
A see-saw first half saw the teams deadlocked at 5-5 at halftime. Neither team could take more than a one-goal advantage either way until late in the second period, when Bowdoin embarked on a 4-1 run to go from an 8-7 deficit to a 11-9 lead with 10:35 to play.
Clegg gave Bowdoin the lead for good with a free-position shot at 11:58 and Olivia King took a feed from Gorajek and deposited a goal to give Bowdoin the two-goal lead.
After O'Neill trimmed the lead to 11-10 with 10 minutes to go, Bowdoin sustained a long possession, milking the clock under the two-minute mark. Bates forced a Bowdoin turnover and raced downfield in search of the potential game-tying score. But Connolly stoned Bates senior Caroline Pierce (Weston, Mass.) from point-blank range with 1:39 remaining to preserve the one-goal advantage. McKenna Teague notched an insurance goal to seal the win for Bowdoin.
Bates held a 24-17 edge in shots and won 15 of 24 draw controls. The Polar Bears converted on four-of-five free position attempts for the contest, while Bates went 1-for-5.
O'Neill's six points give her 180 in her career; she now stands two shy of tying for Bates' all-time record of 182, held by Molly Wagner '08.
Bates next plays at NESCAC rival Williams on Saturday at 11am.