LEWISTON, Maine -- No. 8 nationally ranked Bowdoin prevailed 10-9 as the Bates women's lacrosse team nearly pulled off an upset against its in-state rival Wednesday night at Garcelon Field, with the would-be tying goal arriving a split-second too late.
Bates first-year Liv Sandford's (Kennebunk, Maine) last-second shot found the back of the net, but the goal was waved off by the ruling that it had been released after the final horn.
Hannah Hirschfeld scored a game-high three goals, the last one putting the Polar Bears (7-2, 4-2 NESCAC) in a 9-7 lead with 9:59 to go. Allison Williams added two goals and two assists and Mettler Growney also scored twice. Kara Finnerty had a goal and an assist and Gallagher totaled two assists.
First-year players Caroline Kerrigan (Falls Church, Va.) and Avery MacMullen (New Haven, Conn.) led Bates (6-5, 1-5 NESCAC) with two goals apiece, all scored in the first half. Junior Allison Dewey (Vergennes, Vt.) scored a goal and to go with a game-high five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Senior Sydney Cowles (Wayne, Pa.) added a goal and an assist.
The teams were close in every statistical category, including an even 26-26 in shots.
Bates came back from being down 3-0 and 5-3 to score three unanswered before halftime for a 6-5 lead at the break.
Bowdoin scored first with 25:04 to go on a free-position shot by Growney, and Williams and Hirschfeld added scores within the first eight minutes for a 3-0 lead.
Senior Drew Barry (Portland, Maine) carried the ball from midfield to the face of the Bowdoin goal before dishing to Kerrigan for Bates' first goal. MacMullen batted in a loose ball in front of the Bowdoin goal to close the gap to 3-2. Finnerty hit Growney in stride as Bowdoin bumped the lead back to two goals, but a free-position shot by Kerrigan closed the gap again. After Allison Williams found Alexandra Logan over the top for a goal with 7:05 to go, giving Bowdoin the 5-3 lead, Dewey made it 5-4 for Bates, weaving through the Bowdoin defense and finishing inside the near left post.
Cowles streaked up the middle with 2:49 left in the half before passing to MacMullen on the left post to tie the game at 5-5, and with 25.7 seconds left in the period, junior Teal Otley (Cumberland, Maine) gave Bates its first lead with a free-position goal.
Bowdoin reclaimed the lead within the first eight minutes of the second half, with Williams feeding Finnerty and Gallagher assisting Hirschfeld. Cowles tied the game at 7-7 with a free-position shot with 21:12 to go, but Bowdoin's Kate McAloon scored one of her own to retake the lead for the Polar Bears. Bowdoin then added its second extra-man goal, scored by Hirschfeld unassisted with 9:59 left in the game. Statile carried the ball out of the Bates goal and was surprised from behind by Hirschfeld, who knocked the ball out, scooped it and shot into an open net for a 9-7 Bowdoin lead.
Dewey controlled the ensuing draw and senior Kaileigh Maguire (Sudbury, Mass.) was soon awarded a free-position shot, which she converted to close the gap to 9-8. Williams was awarded a free-position shot with 7:57 to go and with a hop-step and a rip, she gave Bowdoin an insurance goal and the 10-8 lead.
Bates junior Camille Belletete (Jaffrey, N.H.), Bates' leading scorer, notched her lone goal of the game with a great one-on-one move and a shot inside the near right post with 4:12 left in the game, making it 10-9.
With Bowdoin nursing the one-goal lead, both Barry and Dewey forced Bowdoin turnovers in the final minute, while Bowdoin's Halsey McKinney notched a caused turnover of her own. With 15 seconds left in the game, Bates first-year Gianna DiPinto (Grafton, Mass.) was awarded a free-position attempt. She passed up the shot but the ball came back to her seconds later and her shot, the final one of the game before Sandford's would-be tying goal was called off.
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