No. 15 women's lax falls to No. 17 Tufts in OT, 11-9

MEDFORD, Mass. – No. 15 Bates College women's lacrosse held a 9-6 lead midway through the second half, but No. 17 Tufts University scored three times inside of the last 10 minutes of regulation and netted two goals in overtime for an 11-9 win at Bello Field on Tuesday afternoon.

Senior Gabby Horner posted the game-tying goal with 6:58 left in the second half and notched both of the goals for the Jumbos (8-5, 4-4 NESCAC) in the extra session.

Horner led all players with four goals while classmate Eliza Hamo recorded three goals.

For the Bobcats (7-6, 3-5 NESCAC), senior Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) totaled two goals, an assist, and a game-high nine draw controls. Sophomore Emma Noto (Portland, Ore.) added a pair of goals.

The visiting Bobcats scored three times in the first 47 seconds of the game and held a lead until Horner's goal tied the score at 9-9. Bates did not trail until Tufts took its 10-9 lead in overtime.

After Horner's goal tied the score, Bates would get a final possession after a Tufts turnover with two minutes remaining in regulation. Following a Bobcat timeout, Tufts junior goalie Rachel Gallimore made the stop on an attempt from senior Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) just prior to the horn.

Halmo won the opening draw control of overtime, leading to a free-position score by Horner just over a minute into overtime, giving Tufts its first lead at 10-9. The Jumbos won the next two draws, and then Horner found an opening and scored with 37 seconds remaining to put Tufts up two. Bates' Wally Pierce controlled the ensuing draw, but the Bobcats turned the ball over to end the game.

Bates sophomore goalie Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) made seven saves including four in the second half while Gallimore turned aside three shots.

Noto scored twice and Shrewsbury had the other as Bates stormed to an early 3-0 lead. Brigid Bowser, Horner and Caroline Ross countered with three of the next four goals for Tufts to pull within 4-3 at the 20-minute mark.

Pierce assisted and scored the next two goals for a 6-3 Bates advantage, but Tufts twice was able to narrow the margin to one. The last goal of the first half by junior Lindsey Walker at 12:57 made it a 6-5 game, and then Halmo pulled the Jumbos within 7-6 early in the second half.

Bates got the next two including sophomore Cara Cappellini's (Manhasset, N.Y.) goal at 15:36 making it 9-6 Bobcats, but that would be their last goal of the game. Halmo netted the next two for Tufts on free-position shots leading up to Horner's game-tying goal

Next, Bates plays at Connecticut College on Friday at 5 p.m.