WATERVILLE, Maine -- The No. 23 nationally ranked Bates women's lacrosse team couldn't come back from an early deficit in a 16-10 loss at No. 14 Colby Wednesday afternoon.
The Bobcats (8-7, 4-6 NESCAC) fell behind 11-2 in the first half to the Mules (9-5, 5-5 NESCAC) before rallying to pull to within four goals in the second half, eventually falling by six.
Sophomore Summer Dias (West Newton, Mass.) paced the Bobcats on Wednesday, scoring all four of her goals in the second half. She also dished out an assist and secured five draw controls. Emma Banks and Grace Langmuir paced Colby with four goals apiece.
Down 11-2 at halftime, the Bobcats scored the first three goals of the second half, with Dias tallying a pair of unassisted tallies and connecting with sophomore Lila Hutchins (Westfield, N.J.) to cut the Colby lead to 11-5 with 23:18 left in regulation.
Taylor Moore found Langmuir with 17:34 remaining but Bates answered with back-to-back goals. First, Dias scored unassisted and then less than a minute later senior Katie Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored on an assist from Hutchins, making the score 12-7 in favor of Colby with 14:59 remaining.
After Colby's Grace Cowell scored on a free position shot, the Bobcats responded with two more goals. Sophomore Margaret Smith (Wilton, Conn.) found Dias for the latter's fourth goal of the half and then Smith tallied a goal of her own, trimming Colby's lead to just 13-9 with 10:37 left in the game.
But the Mules scored three of the next four goals down the stretch to hang on for the win over the Bobcats.
Sophomore Kathryn Grennon (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) briefly gave Bates a 1-0 lead when she scored less than a minute in to the contest on a free position goal. But the Mules controlled the rest of the first half, outshooting Bates 22-5. Turnovers were an issue, with the Bobcats turning the ball over 15 times in the first half to Colby's seven turnovers. Colby also won the ground ball battle 11-4 in the first half.
The Bobcats mostly flipped the script in the second half, winning the ground ball battle 12-7 and outshooting Colby 21-13.
Senior captain Joanna Schafer (Meriden, N.H.) had a big day for Bates, recording a team-high five ground balls and causing a team-high three turnovers.
Bates will be the 8th seed in the NESCAC tournament, which begins Saturday. The Bobcats will travel to either Tufts, Middlebury or Wesleyan.