Women's lacrosse scores 8-7 overtime victory over Williams

Allison Dewey and Bates women's lacrosse defeated Williams 8-7 in overtime on March 25, 2017. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Junior Allison Dewey scooped up a loose ball at midfield, charged ahead and scored the game-winning goal with 2:48 remaining in overtime, as the Bates women's lacrosse team won an 8-7 thriller over Williams in NESCAC play Saturday afternoon at Garcelon Field.

Williams' Emma Tenbarge controlled the draw taken at the midway point of the 6-minute overtime period, but soon after she dropped the ball. Dewey (Vergennes, Vt.) was able to pick up the ball on the bounce and run 30 yards upfield unimpeded. She shot into the top of the net to end the game, giving the Bobcats (5-3, 1-3 NESCAC) their first conference victory of the season. Dewey finished the game with two goals and one assist.

Overtime was forced due to a remarkable play in the waning seconds of regulation, with Bates first-year Liv Sandford (Kennebunk, Maine) stripping the ball from a Williams player near midfield and throwing the ball ahead to classmate Avery MacMullen (New Haven, Conn.), who fired the ball into an open net to tie the game at 7-7 with 4.3 seconds left.

Williams (3-3, 1-3 NESCAC) trailed 6-3 with 16 minutes left in regulation, when Sandford scored her first collegiate goal on an assist by MacMullen. The Ephs scored four straight to climb back into the game, tying it at 6-6 with 4:51 to go and then moving ahead with 2:21 to go, seizing their first lead since it was 2-1 early in the first half. Kara Wollmers, Jenna Chodos and Tenbarge scored three straight free-position goals for the Ephs to tie it, and with 2:21 left Chodos batted in a pass from behind the net from Katie Gallop for the 7-6 lead.

Bates outshot Williams by a 29-18 margin, including a 22-13 difference in shots on goal. Williams goalkeeper Margaret Draper made 14 saves in the loss, while Bates sophomore Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.) made five saves in the victory.

Sandford came off the bench to scoop a game-high four ground balls, in addition to one goal and one assist. Bates junior Camille Belletete (Jaffrey, N.H.) tied for the team lead with two goals and she collected eight draw controls; no other player in the game recorded more than one. Senior Kaileigh Maguire (Sudbury, Mass.) and MacMullen both had one goal and one assist apiece.

Tenbarge and Chodos had two goals apiece for Williams, while Gallop added a goal and an assist. Kat Fearey had three ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Bates outshot Williams 11-8 in the first half and 15-9 in the second half, but the Ephs matched the Bobcats in the scoring column in both periods.

Maguire got the scoring started in the first minute of the game, getting an assist from junior Melanie Mait (Ogunquit, Maine), who was making her first career start at attack.

Gallop tied the game at the 23:39 mark after faking out a defender with a hesitation move and driving past her along the baseline. Suzanna Penikis then pushed the Ephs into a 2-1 lead, rounding her defender and burying a shot into the top right corner with 20:43 to go in the first. But the Bobcats retied the game at 2-2 with 8:56 left, with Maguire feeding Dewey for the goal.

Bates scored the first three goals of the second half to make it a 4-0 run and assume a 5-2 lead. Dewey's long pass from near midfield found first-year Caroline Kerrigan (Falls Church, Va.), who was playing midfield for the first time, in the middle of the Ephs' defensive zone, and Kerrigan's shot inside the left post made it 3-2 with 28:38 left. Belletete followed with an individual drive and score from the top of the circle with 24:59 to go, and with 20:22 left Belletete's free-position shot gave Bates the 5-2 lead. 

Tenbarge closed the gap to 5-3 two minutes later on a free-position shot with 18:02 to go. Sandford's goal at the 16:00 mark restored Bates' three-goal advantage before Williams' 4-0 run.

Bates will next host Southern Maine Tuesday at 5pm.