The No. 18-ranked women's lacrosse team bested ninth-ranked Colby 14-7 in Waterville on Wednesday evening.

Wednesday's win improved the Polar Bears' record to 4-1 in the conference and 6-3 overall for the season. Bowdoin will face off against Middlebury Saturday afternoon at home.

Colby College started the game off strong with two early goals in the first 3:19 of play. The Polar Bears quickly bounced back with three consecutive goals from Katie Herter '12, Liz Clegg '12 and Katie Stewart '12.

Bowdoin kept the level of play high throughout the rest of the second half, scoring 10 of the 14 goals in the first half. The Polar Bears ended the half with a 10-4 lead over the Mules.

Colby came back onto the field strong and scored a goal in the first two minutes of the half, but Bowdoin was quick to respond. Back-to-back goals from McKenna Teague '12 boosted the Polar Bears' advantage to seven goals.

Stewart and Teague led the Polar Bears with three goals apiece, followed by Katy Dissinger '11, Carolyn Gorajek '13, and Clegg, each with two goals.

First year Tara Connolly made a total of eight saves during the game.

Stewart spoke of the importance of the Colby game prior to the match.

"Colby will be a huge opportunity to show that we can compete with one of the favorites in the league," she said. "A win tonight will mean a true second-place ranking. Right now we are tied for second with Colby, Amherst and Tufts, with a leg up on Amherst because we already beat them."

On Saturday, Bowdoin managed to gain a slight advantage over Connecticut College in the final minutes of play and walked away with a 12-11 victory.

The score remained close up to the last minutes of play. With 1:40 left on the clock, Stewart slipped past the Connecticut College defense and scored a goal that gave the team a 12-9 edge.

The Camels fought until the buzzer, managing to close the gap to one goal, but Bowdoin managed to run down the clock and hang onto the victory.

"The Connecticut College game was much closer than we would have liked it to be," said Stewart. "Nevertheless it was great to come out ahead in a very important NESCAC game."

The Polar Bears will face Middlebury on Saturday afternoon at Bowdoin. The Panthers are 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference for the season.