Pierce, Greenstein lead women's lax past USM, 16-5

LEWISTON, Maine – Senior Wally Pierce and sophomore Moriah Greenstein each scored four goals to lead Bates College women's lacrosse past the University of Southern Maine, 16-5, on Tuesday evening at Garcelon Field.

The Bobcats (2-1) scored the game's first four goals and built a lead as large as 12 goals over the Huskies (0-1) in the visitors' season opener.

Greenstein (Glenmont, N.Y.) tallied a game-high seven points on her four goals and three assists while Pierce (Weston, Mass.) aided the hosts' cause with a game-high six draw controls. Senior Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) totaled four points on two goals and two assists while junior Kathy Yannopoulos (Simsbury, Conn.) chipped in a pair of goals.

Senior Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) led USM with two goals, and first-year Lauren Lessard (Lewiston, Maine) and juniors Laura Fay (Falmouth, Maine) and Nicole LaPlante (South Portland, Maine) each netted one.

The Bobcats held a 4-0 lead less than four minutes into the game after Pierce and Greenstein each found the back of the net twice. Bates pushed its edge to 6-1 at the 17:22 mark off of goals from first-year Joanie Oates (Charlotte, N.C.) and sophomore Alex Briody (North Kingstown, R.I.).

After two quick strikes from USM made it 6-3, the Bobcats scored four of the contest's next five goals to bring a 10-4 advantage into halftime. Sophomore Cara Cappellini (Manhasset, N.Y.), Greenstein, Shrewsbury, and Pierce provided the offense during that stretch.

Bates registered six unanswered goals in the second half, including a goal from first-year Kaileigh Maguire (Sudbury, Mass.) with 23:09 left, to capture a lead as large as 16-4 with 44 seconds remaining. USM tacked on a goal with 27 seconds to go for the final.

Sophomore goalie Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) stopped two shots in the first half in the win while junior Jill Conway (Andover, Mass.) made two saves in the second stanza. USM senior Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) recorded five saves in the loss.

Southern Maine was originally scheduled to host the game, but officials moved the contest to Bates due to field conditions.

Next, Bates hosts Wesleyan on Saturday at noon while USM hosts Colby on March 11 at 4 p.m.