Women's lax dominates down the stretch, wins 10-7 at Connecticut College

Sydney Howard helped Bates win 10-7 at Connecticut College with a career-high four assists on April 7, 2018. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Bates women's lacrosse team scored five of the final six goals to defeat host Connecticut College 10-7 Saturday, giving the Bobcats their second NESCAC win of the season.

The host Camels (3-8, 0-7 NESCAC) did not trail for more than 45 minutes of action. Bates came back from 2-0 and 4-2 deficits to tie the game, then overcame a 6-5 deficit with the game-ending 5-1 run.

Jamie Navoni put the hosts on the board by finishing a pass from Kirby Heffrin to put the hosts on the board at 21:57, and Erica Hesser followed by converting a free position shot two minutes later. Bates came back to tie the score at 2-2, but the Camels pushed ahead again to take a 4-2 advantage into halftime, with Navoni and Heffrin connecting for the second time with just 27 seconds left.

The Bobcats (7-5, 2-5 NESCAC) began clawing back in the second half when sophomore Isabelle Paulus (Bath, Maine) scored on a free position at 28:08 to slice the margin in half. Connecticut College appeared to answer at the other end when Megan Corcoran found Navoni from behind the net less than two minutes later, but the goal did not count due to a crease violation.

Bates then cleared the ball and junior Katie Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored her first goal of the game on an assist by junior Sydney Howard (Ashland, Mass.) to swing the pendulum in its direction with 25:54 still to play

Connecticut College went ahead again when Heffrin netted a goal at 24:09, but Bates didn't let its momentum wane. Sophomore Liv Sandford (Kennebunk, Maine) scored on an assist by first-year Summer Dias (Newton, Mass.) to tie the game at 6-6, and Bates took its first lead when senior Camille Belletete (Jaffrey, N.H.) finished a pass from Howard with 14:10 on the clock. Less than two minutes later, Sandford fed Dias for an 8-6 Bates lead.

The Camels countered with their final goal, an unassisted tally by Navoni with 10:44 to go, but Allard restored the two-goal lead on Howard's career-high fourth assist with 9:02 left in the game.

The Camels had a golden opportunity to cut into the 9-7 deficit when Bates junior goalie Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.) committed a violation and was forced her to leave the net empty for a Camel free position attempt. Corcoran's open look, however, was blocked by senior defender Allie Solms (Bedford, N.H.).

The scored stayed at 9-7 until 1:11 remained, when Allard snuck up behind Camels goalie Megan Mullin, stole the ball and scored on an open net to make it 10-7.

The Camels tried to counter and most notably had a golden opportunity to cut into a 9-7 deficit when goalie Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.) committed a violation and was forced her to leave the net empty for a Camel free position attempt. Corcoran's open look, however, was blocked by defender Allie Solms. The Bobcats then fought off having to compete a player down and got an insurance tally from Katie Allard with 1:11 remaining to seal the win.

Statile made 12 saves between the pipes and played a role in limiting the Camels to just one goal on nine free position shots. Dias contributed two goals and one assist.

Navoni won nine of the game's 19 draws, scored three goals, picked up four ground balls, caused two turnovers and added an assist for the Camels. Mullin turned away seven shots.

Bates returns to action April 17 at Tufts.