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March 31, 2013

Ephs comeback fizzles in 9-6 loss to Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, ME — For the second straight day, the Williams College women's lacrosse team saw a late surge fall short. On Sunday, the Ephs fell to Bowdoin 9-6 after falling behind early 4-0.

Williams is now 6-3 overall and 2-3 in the conference. The Ephs host RPI in a non-conference game Tuesday at 6 p.m. Bowdoin improved to 6-1 overall, 5-1 in the NESCAC.

Williams was led by two goals and an assist from Bridget Malicki. Bowdoin senior Carolyn Gorajek scored four times to lead the Polar Bears, becoming the all-time leading scorer in school history in the process.

"I think that we played much better than yesterday. We played hard and well together even though we were tired," Ephs' head coach Chris Mason said. "We did a good job defensively, coming up with a lot of ground balls, but we had some not so great ballhandling errors -- unforced turnovers -- that hurt us. So we ended up back on defense too much."

Thanks to a pair of early goals from Gorajek, Bowdoin sprinted to a 4-0 lead after 12:39 of play. Williams answered with three goals over the final 12:25, including two markers in the final 2;00 to close the gap to 4-3 following a score by Hilary Cook just before intermission.

Bowdoin took command early in the second half with four goals to open the frame. Lindsay Picard converted a free position shot to open the run and was followed by Gorajek's record-breaker, a goal by Sachs and a score from Megan O'Connor all within a span of 5:35 to give the hosts a 8-3 advantage with under 20 minutes to play.

Williams made a late charge, closing the gap to 8-5 following a goal from Malicki with 11:34 to play, but Gorajek's final goal of the day pushed Bowdoin's lead back to four goals two minutes later as the Polar Bears controlled the ball for most of the remainder of the contest.

Tara Connolly made eight saves in the win for Bowdoin, while Erica Nangeroni caused a team-best five turnovers. Picard won four draw controls while Sachs had three draw controls and two caused turnovers. Genna Warner led Bowdoin with four ground balls.

Ali Piltch collected 13 saves in goal for the Ephs, who received two caused turnovers, two ground balls and two draw controls from Sam Weinstein.

"Ali Piltch played really well in goal today and made some great saves," Mason said.

Bowdoin held a 29-16 advantage in shots, 27-17 edge in ground balls and 13-4 margin in draw controls.

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