NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's lacrosse team dropped its season opener to No. 13 Bowdoin by a 12-7 score on Sunday afternoon at Silfen Field.
The entire first half was tightly contested and began with the teams exchanging the first four goals. After Camel senior captain Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) opened the scoring by finishing a pass from classmate Holly Bertschmann (Sherborn, Mass.) at 26:13, three goals were scored between the squads in a span of 24 seconds. Bowdoin then took control and ended the half on a 5-1 run with Fiona Bundy and Katie Miller each finding the back of the net twice and carried a 6-3 advantage into the recess.
Bundy appeared to put the Polar Bears in control by scoring the first goal of the second half to extend the margin to four, but the hosts stormed back by rattling off three unanswered. Navoni drove in for an unassisted marker at 26:25, sophomore Hannah Lombard (Ipswich, Mass.) scored on a free position attempt at 21:21, and junior Julia Loesch (Charlotte, N.C.) brought the Camels within one by scoring her first goal of the young season with 19:41 to play.
Bowdoin(1-0, NESCAC 1-0), however, responded by tallying five straight goals to pull away. Elizabeth Growney and Kate Kelly each scored on free position attempts to push the visitors ahead by four, and Miller and Kara Finnerty followed with goals in the waning minutes to put the game out of reach.
Miller and Bundy led the Bowdoin offense by tallying four and three goals, respectively. Finnerty won six draws, while Caroline Maxwell finished with three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Erin Morrissey made eight saves between the pipes.
Navoni found the back of the net twice and won six draws for Connecticut College, which was outshot by a 30-19 margin in the contest. Defensively, junior Kelly Brigham (Norwich, Vt.) and freshman Catherine Lawrence (Guilford, Conn.) caused three turnovers apiece, and sophomore goalie Nina Fazio (East Longmeadow, Mass.) turned away 12 shots.
Connecticut College (0-1) will have a short turnaround and next host neighboring Coast Guard on Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.