BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team held Plymouth State University scoreless in the first half Sunday afternoon, jumping out to a six-goal lead and cruising to an 11-5 victory. The Polar Bears, who are ranked sixth nationally, are 5-3 this season while PSU falls for just the second time this year, dropping to 4-2 overall.
Six different goal scorers lifted the hosts to a six-goal halftime advantage. Four of the goals came in a five-minute stretch in the opening frame, as Kate Donoghue, Emily Straus, Taylor White and Lyndsey Colburn all found the back of the net. Jill Steigerwald and Bobbi Dennison added scores later in the frame to make it 6-0 at the break.
Plymouth State showed some life early in the second stanza, using a quick 3-1 spurt to start the period. Senior Annie Pinault (Framingham, Mass.) scored twice in the run to close the gap to 7-3 with 20 minutes to play. But the Bowdoin defense clamped down, shutting out Plymouth for the next 14 minutes and scoring twice to push the lead back to six goals, 9-3, with under six minutes to play.
Stephanie Collins-Finn was strong in net for Bowdoin, making nine saves and allowing just five goals. The netminder also caused two turnovers and collected three groundballs in the victory. Donoghue led the Polar Bears with three goals, while Dennison had two goals and an assist. Taylor White earned team-highs in groundballs (4) and caused turnovers (4).
Pinault and senior Kelsey MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) scored two apiece for the Panthers, and sophomore Cassidy Barry (Branford, Conn.) provided the other one. Senior Meg Cupoli (Southboro, Mass.) netted four draw controls and two caused turnovers, and junior goalkeeper Suzie Lilakos (Stratham, N.H.) stopped 15 shots in the Panther goal.
PSU looks to get back on the winning track with its first Little East Conference game Wednesday at Southern Maine (4:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Bowdoin Sports Information)
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