BRUNSWICK — The Bowdoin College women’s lacrosse team scored the first nine goals of the game en route to a 21-4 win over St. Joseph’s College on Wednesday night on Ryan Field.

The Polar Bears, ranked 20th in the latest Division III poll, improved to 4-4, while the Monks fell to 6-2.

Bowdoin wasted little time putting the contest out of reach as the Polar Bears scored five times in the first three minutes, including two from Lindsay Picard. The Polar Bears rolled off nine straight before St. Joe’s got on the board with consecutive scores from Elyse Caiazzo and Jackie Wilson.

Bowdoin finished the half with back-to-back goals by Hannah Hirschfeld, including a buzzer-beater that gave the hosts an 11-2 edge at the break.

The Polar Bears quickly pushed the game into running time with two straight goals to open the second period and maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the contest.

Hirschfeld scored a career-high four goals in the victory, while Picard also netted four goals. Emma Beecher led all players with a six-point output, including three goals and three assists. Megan O’Connor also had a hat trick for the Polar Bears, who got a game-high six draw controls from Annie Glenn.

Jackie Wilson led St. Joseph’s with two goals, while Caiazzo had a team-best four draw controls.

Bowdoin’s Erin Morrissey (four saves, two goals) and Kayli Weiss (one save, two goals) each played a half in goal. Megan Baker permitted seven goals and made two saves in 10:19 before being replaced by Meghan Fullteron, who stopped seven shots and allowed 14 goals over the remaining 49:41 for the visitors.

Bowdoin will travel to Hartford, Conn., on Saturday for a NESCAC match at Trinity beginning at noon.