COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Camille Belletete scored four goals and Annie Duke, Katie Allard and Summer Dias added three apiece as the Bates women's lacrosse team won 19-14 at No. 21 nationally ranked Colorado College in the teams' season opener Thursday.
The Bobcats (1-0) established an early 7-1 lead, including back-to-back goals by Dias (West Newton, Mass.), and never trailed.
The host Tigers (0-1), a Sweet Sixteen team in last year's Division III Tournament, closed the gap to 12-10, including four straight goals, with 20:50 left in the game.
Bates bumped its lead back to five (15-10), but Colorado College tallied three straight to return the deficit to two. Bates then outscored Colorado College 4-1 over the final 10 minutes to pocket the win.
Belletete (Jaffrey, N.H.) scored a free-position goal with 9:29 to go, and she assisted Allard's (Ridgewood, N.J.) final tally of the game with 2:41 left on the clock.
Allard also scored the game's first goal, a free-position attempt 99 seconds into the season. Bates converted on 6-of-10 free-position opportunities.
Bates had slight advantages in shots (34-29) and draw controls (20-15) for the game. Ground balls were even and the Bobcats committed three more turnovers than the Tigers.
Steph Kelly led the Tigers with four goals and three assists, while Ellie Meyer added three goals and Eva King passed out three assists. Zoe Frolik started in goal and made two saves and allowed seven goals in 13 minutes. Alena Stern tended goal the rest of the way and made nine saves.
Belletete led Bates with four caused turnovers and tied fellow senior captain Allison Dewey (Vergennes, Vt.) for the team lead with seven draw controls. Dewey added two goals to the cause.
Duke (Englewood, Colo.) notched a career high in both goals (3) and assists (2), Dias matched her with three goals and two assists in an auspicious college debut, and Allard tied her career high with the hat trick.
Bates junior goalie Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.) made seven saves.
The Bobcats will play another non-conference game at Wellesley College next Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 4pm.