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No. 10 Trinity holds off Bates women's lacrosse, 13-11

Molly Wagner '08

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Junior goalkeeper Michelle Smith (Wayland, Mass.) had 21 saves to lead Trinity College to a 13-11 victory over Bates in NESCAC women’s lacrosse action this afternoon at Sheppard Field. 

Trinity, ranked No. 10 in the nation, improves to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in NESCAC play while Bates falls to 5-4 overall and 0-3 in the NESCAC.

Bates started out strong when freshman midfielder Molly Radis (Portland, Maine) and sophomore midfielder Caroline Thomas (Barrington, R.I.) each netted a goal within the first five minutes of play.  Trinity came back, however, and scored four unanswered goals from freshman midfielder Sarah Remes (Silver Spring, Md.), junior attacker Kate Koppelman (Baltimore, Md.), and two from freshman attacker Jenn Calver (Barnard, Vt.). Trinity held a 7-4 lead at the half.

Bates leading scorer Molly Wagner (Longmeadow, Mass.) was able to keep the game close after halftime by netting four of her five goals in the second half.  Trinity was sitting comfortably with a 13-7 lead with eight minutes to play until Bates scored four unanswered goals, cutting Trinity’s lead to 13-11 with three minutes remaining.

Bates junior goalkeeper Katie Nickerson (Windham, N.H.) made 13 saves for the Bobcats and Trinity’s freshmen Remes and Calver recorded four and three goals on the day.

Also scoring for Bates were first-years Molly Dilworth (Yarmouth, Maine), Avery Masters (Mill Valley, Calif.) and Avery Pierce (Weston, Mass.).

Bates plays a NESCAC game at Colby on Wednesday, April 4 at 5 p.m.

STATS: Trinity 13, Bates 11