Balanced attack leads women's lax past Conn., 15-12

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Bates College women's lacrosse staked a lead as large as 15-6, with goals from 11 different players, as Bates earned a 15-12 win over Connecticut College at the Silfen Artificial Turf on Friday night.

The Bobcats (8-6, 4-5 NESCAC) took their 15-6 lead with 7:04 to play before the Camels (4-10, 0-9 NESCAC) scored the game's final six goals.

Senior Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) and sophomores Emma Brinkman (Rye, N.Y.), Alex Briody (North Kingstown, R.I.), and Suzannah Smith (Brunswick, Maine) each scored two goals for the Bobcats while senior Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) recorded a goal and a team-high five draw controls.

For the Camels, Hannah Donegan and Erin Moran each tallied three goals, and Moran posted a game-high seven draw controls. Haley Dumke led all players with four ground balls.

Bates sophomore goalie Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) made 12 saves and allowed nine goals in the win while Lauren Munhall stopped six saves and gave up all 15 goals in the loss.

The Bobcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never trailed as sophomore Emma Noto (Portland, Ore.), Briody, and senior Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) notched goals. Conn. College pulled within 4-2 with 9:02 left in the first half, but Bates responded with goals from Smith and Brinkman to push its lead to 6-2. Donegan found the back of the net with two seconds to play in the half to cut the Camels' deficit to 6-3 at the intermission.

Bates mirrored their first half start with three straight goals to start the second period. Shrewsbury scored first before Briody and sophomore Kelan McCann (Shrewsbury, Mass.) each connected on free position shots to elevate the visitors' edge to 9-3.

After a Camel tally, Bates rattled the cage with back-to-back goals from sophomore Cara Cappellini (Manhasset, N.Y.) and Brinkman 30 seconds apart, making the score 11-4. The hosts answered with two straight goals of their own to pull within 11-6.

Bates then opened up the game with four unanswered goals to capture their 15-6 lead with just over seven minutes to play. Shrewsbury began the run with a goal off an assist from first-year Sydney Cowles (Wayne, Pa.) before sophomore Cora Hirschfeld (Shutesbury, Mass.), first-year Kaileigh Maguire (Sudbury, Mass.), and Pierce converted to close the streak.

The Camels netted two goals in the minute after Bates' last tally and registered four goals inside of the final two minutes for the final.

Next, Bates hosts Colby in its regular-season finale on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.