BRUNSWICK — The Bowdoin College women’s lacrosse team jumped to an early lead and never looked back in a comfortable 12-7 win over Colby on Wednesday evening at Ryan Field.

The 14th-ranked Polar Bears continued to roll, winning their fifth straight game and improving to 7-4 (4-3 NESCAC). Three of those five wins have come against ranked opponents. The 13th-ranked Mules dropped to 7-4 (3-4 NESCAC) with the loss.

Bowdoin was in control from the start, stifling the Mules offense and sprinting to a 7-1 lead.

Fiona Bundy scored three goals in the Polar Bear run to open the game and Eliza Denious’ unassisted goal gave the hosts a 7-1 advantage with 12:40 remaining in the opening half.

After goals by Emma Banks and Robyn Pirie trimmed the lead to 7-3, Denious gave Bowdoin some insurance with a free position goal with 39 seconds left in the period, giving the Polar Bears an 8-3 halftime lead.

Bowdoin extended their lead to as many as seven goals in the second half after a three-goal surge, capped by an Amanda Anderson goal.

Colby attempted to get back into the contest with a 3-0 run of their own, but Kara Finnerty squelched all thoughts of a comeback with a goal at 2:15 to give Bowdoin the 12-7 win. 

Bowdoin owned a 37-20 shot advantage thanks to an outstanding defensive effort that forced the Mules into 17 turnovers.

Bundy had four goals and three ground balls for Bowdoin while Denious added three goals, three ground balls and five draw controls.

Erin Morrissey made several clutch saves and finished with six for the game while also adding a caused turnover and five ground balls.

Lyla Jones and Robyn Pirie had three goals apiece for Colby.

Izzy Scribano made three saves and allowed six goals in 14:34 for Colby before being relieved by Emily Podgorni, who stopped ten shots and allowed six tallies over the final 45:26.

Bowdoin will return to action on Saturday when the Polar Bears head to Wesleyan at noon. 

Men’s lacrosse

A big third quarter lifted the Colby to a 9-6 win Wednesday night over Bowdoin.

The Mules improved to 6-4 (3-4 NESCAC), while Bowdoin dropped to 6-6 (2-5 NESCAC).

In a low-scoring affair, a five-goal third quarter by Colby proved to be the difference.

The teams were tied 1-1 after one quarter and 3-3 at the half. Nick Iznaga, Kendall Rogers and Will Murtagh accounted for the Bowdoin goals in the first thirty minutes.

After a Donal Mullane goal gave Bowdoin a 4-3 lead to open the third quarter, the Mules answered with five goals in a span of 5:57 to take a commanding 8-4 lead.

Iznaga and Jake Crossman scored fourth quarter goals for Bowdoin, who couldn’t complete a fourth-quarter comeback.

CJ Hassan led Colby with two goals and an assist.

Iznaga had two goals and an assist for Bowdoin, who got four ground balls and two caused turnovers from Caleb Geitz.

Michael Covell made eight saves for the Polar Bears while C.J. Layton stopped 15 for the Mules.

Bowdoin owned a 43-26 edge in shots and went 2-4 with the man-up.

The Polar Bears have three NESCAC games remaining on the schedule, starting with a big home contest Saturday against Wesleyan at 1 p.m. at Whittier Field.

Sailing

Bowdoin’s coed team has collectively earned New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Sailors of the Week in honors announced on Tuesday.

Polar Bears Matthew Kaplan, Christian Filter, Matt Stafford, Louisa Lindgren, Marie Bergsund, Emily Gonzalez and Julia Adams were recognized for their efforts at last week’s Fowle Trophy for Bowdoin.

The team finished fourth at the Fowle Trophy, earning the program’s first-ever bid to the ICSA Laser Performance Team Race National Championship. Bowdoin finished with 11 wins in an extremely close regatta.

The Polar Bears will return to the water this weekend at the Women’s Team Race (Brown) and Owen/Mosbacher/Knapp Trophies (Yale).

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