Women's lacrosse falls 13-5 on the road to No. 17 Hamilton

Camille Belletete scored a pair of goals Saturday at Hamilton. (File photo by Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

CLINTON, N.Y. -- The No. 17 nationally ranked Hamilton Continentals snapped the Bates women's lacrosse team's three-game winning streak Saturday as the Bobcats fell 13-5 on the road at Steuben Field. 

Bates (6-4, 1-4 NESCAC) got two goals apiece from juniors Allison Dewey (Vergennes, Vt.) and Camille Belletete (Jaffrey, N.H.) but the Bobcats struggled to find the back of the net all afternoon.  

Hamilton (6-3, 4-1 NESCAC) jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never trailed in the contest. Casey File, Kara Pooley and Nora Klemmer all scored goals for the Continentals before Bates got on the board. 

With 21:19 to go in the first half, sophomore Sydney Howard (Ashland, Mass.) scored off a free position shot, cutting the Hamilton lead to 3-1. Howard's goal is her fourth of the season. 

But the Continentals went on another 3-0 run to end the half, taking a 6-1 lead into the intermission.

Morgan Fletcher scored the final two goals of the first half for Hamilton and she added another just over two minutes into the second half of action, extending the Hamilton lead to 7-1. Fletcher finished the contest tied for a game-high three goals with teammate Tatiana Bradley. Fletcher also tallied one assist. 

With Bates down 7-1, Belletete scored on an assist from first-year Avery MacMullen (New Haven, Conn.) for her first tally of the game with 24:30 remaining in regulation.

A 5-0 Hamilton run that culminated with a Bradley score off a free position opportunity with 9:18 to go in the contest iced the game for the Continentals by extending their lead to 12-2. 

With 8:27 to go, Belletete scored again, this time on an assist from senior Sydney Cowles (Wayne, Pa.), making the score 12-3 in favor of Hamilton. Belletete leads Bates and is currently second in the NESCAC this season in goals with 23. 

Bradley scored with an assist to Pooley for the Continentals' final goal of the contest with 6:56 remaining on the clock.

Dewey scored the final two goals of the game for either side, finding the back of the net on an assist from sophomore Katie Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) with 5:24 ticks to go and again on an assist from senior Joanie Oates (Charlotte, N.C.) with 4:18 remaining. 

Dewey is currently third on the team with 15 goals this season. 

Hannah Burrall made eight saves in goal for Hamilton on the afternoon. The Continentals forced 19 turnovers while only turning the ball over 14 times themselves. They also won the ground ball battle 18-11. They outshot the Bobcats 31-22, dominating in the first half by shooting the ball 17 times to Bates' eight. 

Bates won the draw control battle on Saturday by a 12-8 margin. 

The Bobcats are back in action on Wednesday when they host Bowdoin at 7:00 p.m.