Molly Wagner '08
Katie Nickerson '08
LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College women's lacrosse team built a 9-3 lead by halftime and held off a second-half rally to defeat Connecticut College 10-9 in a NESCAC contest on Saturday at Campus Avenue Field.
Junior Molly Wagner (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored four goals for the Bobcats (6-4, 1-3 NESCAC), who earned their first conference win. Junior goalkeeper Katie Nickerson (Windham, N.H.) made 14 saves in goal for Bates.
Junior Sarah Miner (Fairfield, Conn.) scored twice and added two assists for the Camels (1-6, 0-5 NESCAC), while first-year Jenna Ross (Longmeadow, Mass.) made 15 saves.
The Bobcats got on the board first with sophomore Caroline Thomas (Barrington, R.I.) scoring her 16th goal this season on the first of two assists by first-year Morgan Maciewicz (Marblehead, Mass.). First-year Avery Pierce (Weston, Mass.) and Wagner followed with goals before the Camels got their first score, a free-position goal by first-year Sara Christopher (Andover, Mass.).
Bates scored four more unanswered goals for a 7-1 lead with 6:34 to play in the half. Christopher added an unassisted tally, but Wagner scored twice more before the half was out, sandwiching Miner's first goal of the game, including a free-position shot with 4.4 seconds left on the clock.
Connecticut College came back impressively in the second half. Senior Sarah Chandler (Durham, N.H.) cut the Bates lead to 9-4 three minutes into the second half. Bates junior Rachel Harmeling (North Reading, Mass.) scored on first-year Molly Radis's (Portland, Maine) second assist of the game, but that score turned out to be the game-winner, as the Camels scored five unanswered goals to close the game out. Miner scored one of those and assisted on two more, including a feed to sophomore Emily Mason (Williamstown, Mass.) that made it 10-8 with 11:10 to play.
Meanwhile, Ross made several superb saves in goal for the Camels. Bates, too, buckled down on defense, holding Conn. College to a single score, junior Lindsey Coit's (South Portland, Maine) free-position goal with 4:49 to play, over the final 11 minutes.
Bates plays at the University of Southern Maine on Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. Connecticut College's next game is against Mount Holyoke on April 10.