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Emery Sweeney '07
Sophomore defender Emery Sweeney collected a game-high six ground balls and forced a pair of turnovers on Saturday.

Third-Ranked Jeffs Suffer 10-7 Overtime Loss to No. 6 Bowdoin

April 30, 2005

AMHERST, MA - The third-ranked Amherst College women’s lacrosse team wrapped up its regular season with a 10-7 overtime loss to visiting sixth-ranked NESCAC foe Bowdoin College on Saturday. The Polar Bears rallied with four straight second-half goals to deadlock the count at 7-7 at the end of regulation, and added three more tallies in the extra session, improving to 13-2 (7-2 NESCAC) and securing the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. Amherst dropped to 10-2 overall and 7-2 in conference play with the loss, but will host a first-round NESCAC Tournament matchup as the No. 3 seed tomorrow (Sunday) at noon against sixth-seeded Tufts University.

After a quick Bowdoin goal by sophomore Taylor White (Wellesley, MA), Amherst tallied four consecutive scores to build a 4-1 advantage. Senior Ashley Harmeling (N. Reading, MA) netted back-to-back goals during the flurry, while junior Scotty Hanley (Baltimore, MD) and sophomore Lauren Dudley (Baltimore, MD) opened and closed the rally, respectively. White bounced in another breakaway score for the Polar Bears, but Harmeling fed sophomore Alyssa Briody (Hopewell, NJ) to give the Jeffs a 5-2 edge at halftime.

Briody stretched the lead to 6-2 in the opening minutes of the second half on a free-position shot, and after a Bowdoin score by sophomore Kate Donoghue (Plandome, NY), Amherst sophomore Liz Wise (Scarsdale, NY) found Harmeling for her third goal of the day, giving the Jeffs a 7-3 lead with 14:16 left to play. Bowdoin’s final spurt began just inside the 7:00-mark as first-year Bobbi Dennison (Freeport, ME) and Donoghue scored on free-position shots exactly one minute apart. Senior Colleen McDonald (Greenfield, MA) pulled the Polar Bears within one and White knotted the score with just 56 seconds left to force overtime. Donoghue dominated the extra frame, taking a feed from rookie Lyndsey Colburn (Concord, NH) for the game-winner and capping the scoring with an unassisted tally just over a minute later.

Harmeling led the Jeffs with a trio of goals and an assist, while Briody posted two goals and an assist. Amherst senior co-captain goalie Liv D'Ambrosio (Farmington, CT) was credited with eight stops, and sophomore defender Emery Sweeney (Darien, CT) gave an outstanding defensive effort, collecting six ground balls and forcing a pair of turnovers. White and Donoghue finished with four goals apiece to lead Bowdoin, while senior Kendall Cox (Guilford, CT) grabbed eight saves in goal.