No. 24 women's lacrosse wins 17-3 at previously undefeated St. Joe's

Margaret Smith tallied two goals and one assist in Bates' 17-3 win at St. Joseph's College on March 29, 2018. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

STANDISH, Maine -- The No. 24 nationally ranked Bates women's lacrosse team won 17-3 at St. Joseph's College of Maine Thursday evening, notching their third straight victory while handing the host Monks their first loss of the season.

Bates (6-3) took a 6-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, with junior Katie Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) factoring in five of the goals, scoring three and assisting on two. Allard finished the game with a career-high seven points on four goals and a career-high three assists.

Allard assisted sophomore Isabelle Paulus (Bath, Maine) on the opening score of the game, with 28:28 left in the half. After senior Annie Duke (Englewood, Colo.) scored on an assist by sophomore Avery MacMullen (New Haven, Conn.), Allard scored on a free-position shotat the 25:49 mark, then fed senior Camille Belletete (Jaffrey, N.H.) 47 seconds later to make it 4-0.

Allard then scored back-to-back goals at the 21:07 and 20:05 marks of the half, on assist from senior Allison Dewey (Vergennes, Vt.) and first-year Summer Dias (Newton, Mass.), before the Monks got on the board with Elyse Caiazzo's unassisted tally with 17:21 left in the half.

But Bates responded with three straight for a 9-1 lead, including Allard's fourth goal of the game on a free-position attempt, as well as Belletete's free-position goal and sophomore Liv Sandford's (Kennebunk, Maine) score on an assist by first-year Margaret Smith (Wilton, Conn.). Allard leads the Bobcats in scoring with a career-high 21 goals and eight assists for 29 points.

Belletete and Duke finished the game with three goals apiece for the Bobcats.

A free-position goal by Dias with five seconds left in the half gave Bates an 11-2 lead at halftime, and the Bobcats extended it to 13-2 as Belletete and Duke both scored again in the opening seven minutes of the second half for a 15-2 Bates lead.

Bates first-year Jillian Futter (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) and sophomore Gianna DiPinto (Grafton, Mass.) both scored in the final 19 minutes, and Smith added two scores in the last 4:01.

Junior goalie Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.) was credited with nine saves in the victory.

Bates will play host to Hamilton College in a NESCAC game Saturday at noon.