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Bowdoin wins showdown of ranked women's lacrosse teams

The nationally ranked No. 12 Hamilton College Continentals fell 13-9 against the No. 18 Bowdoin College Polar Bears in NESCAC action at Bowdoin's Ryan Field on Saturday afternoon.

Box score

Bowdoin (3-2, 1-2 NESCAC) jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and held off a second-half charge for the win. Betsy Sachs ’14 tallied five goals and Jordan Smith ’14 added four goals and three assists. Isabel Sippel ’15 made 15 saves, including 10 in the second half, to earn the win.

Hamilton (1-2, 1-2) was led by two goals and two assists from Margaret Gabriel ‘16. Emily Brodsky ’14 scored two goals and dished out an assist while Lauren Brady ’14 had a goal and two assists. Kari Koga ‘15 stopped seven shots and permitted seven goals over the final 48:15. Gabriel contributed three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

The Polar Bears scored the first five goals in the opening 9:35. Bowdoin extended its lead to as many as six goals at 8-2 later in the half before Gabriel and Brady notched back-to-back goals and trimmed the Polar Bear lead to 8-4. Olivia Raisner ‘15 converted a fast-break goal for Bowdoin, taking a downfield pass from Smith just before the halftime horn to give the Polar Bears a 9-4 lead at the break.

Hamilton opened the second half with a 3-1 surge and closed the gap to 10-7 with 23:25 remaining on goals by Ashleigh Stephan ‘15, Casey File ’17 and Brodsky. Consecutive goals by Lindsay Picard ’16 and Dana White ’15 gave the Polar Bears some breathing room and a 12-7 advantage with 18 minutes to go.

Hamilton’s Katie D’Antonio ‘14 scored with 6:39 left to pull the Continentals within 13-9 but Sippel sealed the win by stopping all three Hamilton shots the rest of the way.

Hamilton travels south for the first of two spring break games in Clermont, Fla., taking on Babson College on Tuesday, March 18, at 1 p.m. The Polar Bears play a NESCAC game at No. 3 Middlebury College on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

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