Gabriel ’21 nets first goal for No. 17 Hamilton in NESCAC loss

Honor Gabriel ’21 (Josh McKee photo)
Honor Gabriel ’21 (Josh McKee photo)

The Bowdoin College Polar Bears built an 8-1 lead in the opening 17 minutes en route to an 18-8 NESCAC win over the Hamilton College Continentals in women's lacrosse action at Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, Fla., on Thursday night.

Hamilton (1-4 overall) drops to 1-2 in conference play and Bowdoin (4-1) jumps to 2-1 in the NESCAC. The Continentals are ranked 17th in this week's Division III Top 25 coaches poll and the Polar Bears are 20th. All five of Hamilton's opponents this season have been nationally ranked.

Nicole Lyons '18 and Jackie Cuddy '18 accounted for half of Hamilton's goals. Honor Gabriel '21 notched her first collegiate goal and added one assist and one ground ball. Kara Pooley '19 recorded one goal, one assist, one caused turnover and two draw controls. TT Fletcher '20 scooped up a career-high three ground balls and matched a personal-best with three caused turnovers. Skyler Simson '20 had three draw controls and Hannah Burrall '19 made eight saves.

Kayli Weiss made a career-high 16 saves in net for Bowdoin, with 11 in the first half alone. Katherine Miller scored all four of her goals in the first half and she had two assists, four draw controls and one caused turnover. Eliza Denious had three goals and three draw controls, and Allison Williams grabbed two ground balls.

Pooley tied the score at 1-1 with an unassisted goal at 27:48 before Bowdoin responded with seven unanswered goals. Denious' free-position goal with 13:08 remaining in the opening half made the score 8-1. Cuddy scored her first goal of the night at the 12:40 mark to break the Polar Bear run, and she retaliated another Bowdoin goal with eight minutes left in the half to make the score 9-3. Bowdoin scored four more goals in the closing minutes of the first half for a 13-3 edge at the break.

Gabriel and Darby Philbrick '18 exchanged goals with Bowdoin at the start of the second half, and then Courtney Pierre '21 and Lyons scored back-to-back goals to cut the Continentals' deficit to 15-7 with 9:06 remaining. The Polar Bears cushioned their lead with three more goals in the last five minutes, and Lyons scored her second of the night off a feed from Gabriel with three seconds remaining.

Hamilton concluded the game with a 30-26 shot advantage and a 12-6 edge in ground balls.

The Continentals return to their home field on Wednesday, March 21 for a non-conference game against SUNY Oneonta at 5 p.m. on Steuben Field.