NEW LONDON, Conn.—The Bates College women's lacrosse team built a 15-6 second half advantage en route to its 15-12 victory at Connecticut College Friday night.
The 15th ranked Bobcats improved their record to 8-6 with a 4-5 mark in the NESCAC. The Camels slipped to 4-10 and are 0-9 in league play.
Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) had two goals and an assist to lead the visitors in the triumph. Emma Brinkman (Rye, N.Y.), Suzannah Smith (Brunswick, Maine) and Alex Briody (North Kingstown, R.I.) all contributed with two goals for the Bobcats.
Erin Moran (Lincoln, N.H.) supplied three scores while winning seven draws to ignite the Camels in a second half comeback that fell just short. Hannah Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) continued to build on her solid rookie season by scoring three more goals. Taylor Thomas (Needham, Mass.) chipped in with two scores in the setback.
Bates had their offense working for most of the second half. Kaleigh Maguire (Sudbury, Mass.) rifled one home off a feed from Meedzan with 7:36 remaining to put the Bobcats on top 14-6. Pierce tacked on another score for the visitors just 32 seconds later to make it a nine goal difference.
But the Camels did not go away. Cecily Cushman (Marblehead, Mass.) netted a free position marker with 6:20 remaining. On the ensuing draw, Moran corralled the loose ball and sprinted all the way to the cage for a score. Abbott added another Camel goal with 1:48 remaining.
After Thomas scored with 1:05 left, it was a 15-10 contest. Moran scored with 43 seconds left before cashing in with a free position goal with 16 seconds to play that made it a 15-12 contest.
But Bates was able to win the final draw to close out the victory.
Connecticut College held a 28-to-25 advantage in shots. Ground balls were even at 11 aside.