Women's lacrosse opens with 20-12 victory at Cabrini

Margaret Smith had career highs of three goals and three assists in Bates' 20-12 season-opening victory at Cabrini University on Feb. 21, 2019. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

RADNOR, Pa. -- Katie Allard, Summer Dias and Kathryn Glennon scored four goals apiece and Margaret Smith added three goals and three assists, as the Bates College women's lacrosse team opened the 2019 season with a 20-12 victory at Cabrini University on Thursday.

Bates (1-0) and Cabrini (1-1) were an even 34-34 in shots attempted, but Bates put five more of them on goal than the hosts, and senior goalie Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.) made nine saves.

Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Dias (Newton, Mass.) tallied one assist apiece in addition to scoring four times, while Grennon (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), a sophomore newcomer to the team, made a strong Bates debut with four tallies on six shots. Smith (Wilton, Conn.) came within a point of matching her first season's total with her six points. Junior Liv Sandford (Kennebunk, Maine) tallied a game-high seven draw controls and caused two turnovers.

Avery Murphy led the host Cavaliers (1-1), posting her second consecutive six goal, 12 draw control performance. Dana Carlson added four goals, a helper and four draw controls, while junior Lauren Hughes paired a goal and two assists. Cabrini has won seven consecutive conference championships and finished 12-8 last season.

The Bobcats gained control of the game in the early going on a pair of goals in the by Dias opening three minutes of action. Dias fed Allard to make it 3-0 before Carlson put Cabrini on the board with a man-up goal at the 25:20 mark.

Bates posted seven of the game's next eight goals to build a commanding 10-2 lead at the half. The Bobcats' scoring run was interrupted only by Murphy's unassisted goal with 8:10 left in the first half. Sophomore Jillian Futter (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) made it 4-1 unassisted, before Smith and Grennon netted their first goals of the season. Allard and Smith tallied again, and in the final eight minutes both Grennon and Dias tallied, using assists by senior Sydney Howard (Ashland, Mass.) and sophomore Elsbeth Caulo (Amherst, N.H.).

Carlson added a pair of goals in the opening six minutes of the second half, but three more Bates' tallies, including Futter's second and junior Gianna DiPinto's (Grafton, Mass.) first, expanded Bates' lead to 14-4 with just 16 minute left to play.

Cabrini responded with seven unanswered goals over the next six minutes. Murphy accounted for five of the goals during the comeback.

But the Bobcats turned up their defensive pressure, and after Murphy's free position goal at 9:52, the Cavaliers attempted just one shot on goal, a Hughes free position goal. Over the same span, Bates forced Cabrini into three turnovers and two penalty cards.

Meanwhile, Bates converted on six of its final seven shots to extend its lead. Grennon got it started with a free-position shot, then an unassisted man-up goal by Smith made it 16-11. After Hughes' goal made it 16-12, Allard scored a man-down goal on Smith's third assist of the game. Dias, Grennon and sophomore Avery Prince (Chevy Chase, Md.) added unassisted tallied in the final two minutes to give Bates the eight-goal final margin.

Bates will play a second non-conference road game next Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Wheaton (Mass.), starting at 4:30pm.