Conaghan Scores Five in Fourth to Lead Women's Lacrosse at Bowdoin 11-10

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Freshman Caroline Conaghan, who returned to the line-up after missing four games, scored five goals including the game-winner on a free-position shot with 2:53 remaining to lead the ninth-ranked Tufts women's lacrosse team to an 11-10 win at #16 Bowdoin College in the NESCAC and regular-season finale for both teams on Wednesday night.

The Jumbos trailed 8-6 heading into the fourth quarter, but Conaghan turned the game around by scoring four straight goals for a 10-8 Tufts lead with 7:25 on the clock. Bowdoin then battled back with two goals within 20 seconds, including an up tally by Fiona Bundy that made it 10-10 with 5:07 remaining in regulation. However, Conaghan would score all five of her goals in the final quarter as her free-position strike would end up as the game-winner.

The Jumbos (12-3, 7-3 NESCAC) earn the #3 seed in the conference championship, which starts on Saturday. Tufts will host sixth-seed Trinity College at noon. Bowdoin (9-6, 4-6) is the seven-seed and will play at #2 Colby College on Saturday.

Tonight, after Emelia Krakora scored the first goal of the game for host Bowdoin, freshman Margie Carden (pictured) scored three in a row for Tufts giving the Jumbos a 3-1 lead early in the second period. The Polar Bears would retaliate though, and two goals in a row less than a minute apart by Annabelle Gersch tied the score at 5-5 heading into the half.

Tufts would twice come back from two-goal deficits in the second half. First, Gersch continue her own impressive run by scoring the first two goals of the third quarter to give Bowdoin a 7-5 advantage. Carden (four goals) and Ella Lesperance answered for Tufts for a 7-7 score, but Sophia Schaefer and Bundy tallied in the final 45 seconds of the third for Bowdoin, including Bundy's with just one tick left on the clock to put the Polar Bears up 8-6. Conaghan would take over in the fourth quarter to win it for Tufts.

Freshmen scored all of Tufts' 11 goals as Lesperance added two. Anna Clarke won five draws and Madison Lehan finished with two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Molly Laliberty made nine saves. Tufts had an advantage overall in shots 36-26.

The Polar Bears were led by Gersch's four goals, six draw controls by Krakora, three ground balls from Maddie Corsetti and two caused turnovers by Anna Paulmann. Sophia Rutman made 13 saves in goal. The Polar Bears won ground balls 16-11.