WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates women's lacrosse team played No. 6 nationally ranked Colby to a 4-4 tie in the first half but the Mules scored three unanswered goals to start the second half, taking the lead for good as the Bobcats fell 12-9 in their season finale.
Bates (7-8, 2-8 NESCAC) took the lead with 9:47 to go in the first half when junior Allison Dewey (Vergennes, Vt.) scored off a free position opportunity, putting the Bobcats up 4-3.
Neither team scored again until Gemma Bready struck for the Mules (12-3, 8-2 NESCAC) with 2:08 remaining in the half, tying the game at four.
Colby's Kendall Smith proved to be the difference in the game. She opened the second half with three consecutive goals in a span of just under six minutes, putting the Mules up 7-4. Smith finished with a game-high six scores on seven shots.
The Bobcats refused to go away. Sophomore Sydney Howard (Ashland, Mass.) took advantage of a woman up situation, earning a free position opportunity and converting to cut the deficit to 7-5 with 23:27 left in the game.
Junior Camille Belletete (Jaffrey, N.H.) followed with a score of her own to make the score 7-6 with 22:35 remaining.
But Smith had the answer, scoring twice in a row to extend the Colby lead to 9-6. Dewey's second goal of the game, once again on a free position shot, made the score 9-7 with 16:04 remaining.
That's as close as Bates got down the stretch, with Colby scoring three answered goals before junior Teal Otley (Cumberland, Maine) scored with 4:11 left to trim the deficit to 12-8.
Senior Joanie Oates (Charlotte, N.C.), playing her final game as a Bobcat along with four other seniors, scored the final goal of the season for Bates, a free position tally with 2:50 remaining to make the score 12-9 in favor of the Mules.
Dewey, Howard and Otley all finished with two goals apiece for Bates. After falling behind 2-0 in the first half, Bates eventually rallied to take the lead. Howard scored unassisted with 23:04 left in the first and facing a 3-1 deficit, Otley made the score 3-2 with a free position goal coming with 21:01 left on the clock.
First-year Avery MacMullen (New Haven, Conn.) scored the equalizer with 13:22 remaining in the first half on an assist from senior captain Drew Barry (Portland, Maine). Dewey scored less than four minutes later before the Mules made their move.
The game was very even statistically, with both teams recording 25 shots and 15 turnovers. Bates won the draw control battle 13-10 and Colby edged the Bobcats in ground balls, 14-13.
Bates finishes the year with a 7-8 overall record, having lost five games by three or fewer goals.