MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The No. 16 nationally ranked Bates women's lacrosse team fell 16-6 on the road to No. 12 Wesleyan Saturday afternoon.
The Cardinals (3-0, 2-0 NESCAC) scored nine unanswered goals in the first half and led 12-3 at the break. Wesleyan was led by Abby Manning (four goals), Sydney Prokupek (one goal, three assists) and Caitlin Wood (three goals, one assist) with four points each. The Bobcats (3-2, 1-1 NESCAC) received two goals apiece from senior Katie Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) and sophomore Margaret Smith (Wilton, Conn).
It was a close game early on as the teams exchanged goals within the first 7:20 of play, including three free position goals.
However, with the game tied at 2-2, Abigail Horst put Wesleyan back on top at the 21:47 mark and the Cardinals led the rest of the way.
Horst's goal sparked a 9-0 Wesleyan run in less than 10 minutes as the home team took an 11-2 lead. Prokupek assisted on three-straight goals and scored on another during the stretch.
Bates eventually ended the run at the 11:28 mark but another goal by Wesleyan, from Wood at the 4:21 mark, extended the Cardinals' lead to nine (12-3) at the break.
The home team came out hot to start the second half and scored four unanswered goals to put the game out of reach, 16-3 with 13:57 to play.
The Cardinals held Bates scoreless until the 11:10 mark of the second. The Bobcats scored the final three goals of the game.
Wesleyan held a 15-8 advantage in draw controls and outshot the Bobcats 29-14. Both teams went 3-7 on free position shots. Ten Cardinals factored into the scoring. Breanna Cavanaugh and goalie Allegra Grant led the way with three ground balls each, while Cavanaugh led all players with three caused turnovers. Grant made four saves in 51:58 between the posts and Horst scored twice while leading all players with seven draw controls.
Bates received six goals from four different players. Defensively, sophomore Jillian Futter (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) and Allard led the team with two caused turnovers each and junior Liv Sandford (Kennebunk, Maine) won four draw controls.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday when they host Plymouth State at 4:30pm.