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No. 12 Babson edges women's lacrosse team

Caroline Thomas '09 is off to a fast start, with 8 goals and 3 assists in the Bobcats' first two games.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Anna Collins and Kaitlyn Pettengill both scored four times as the No. 12 Babson College women's lacrosse team defeated host Bates College 15-11 in a non-league contest Sunday at Campus Avenue Field.

The visiting Beavers (2-0) never trailed after Pettengill made it 3-2 in the sixth minute, although the Bobcats (0-2) tied the game again at 8-8.

Lindsay Bucci added three more goals and Anita Martignetti notched two goals and one assist for Babson, which avenged a 13-7 win by Bates a year ago. Jackie Godfrey chipped in a goal while dishing out three assists.

Junior Caroline Thomas (Barrington, R.I.) scored four goals for the second straight game and added one assist for Bates. Sophomore Molly Radis (Peaks Island, Maine) scored three goals, sophomore Morgan Maciewicz (Marblehead, Mass.) added two goals and two assists, and first-year Briana Gross (Andover, Mass.) scored her first two collegiate goals.

Senior Katie Nickerson (Windham, N.H.) started in goal and made seven saves for Bates. First-year Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) made two saves in the second half. Sarah Macary made 15 saves for the Beavers.

Bates held a 35-29 edge in shots taken and a 35-25 advantage in ground balls, but managed to convert only 1 of 10 free-position opportunities in the game.

Maciewicz started the scoring with an unassisted goal, but Babson came back with consecutive goals by Pettengill and Nicole Dagesse. Thomas knotted the game back at 2-2, but Babson answered with a 3-0 run in under three minutes on goals by Pettengill, Bucci and Jackie Godfrey for a 5-2 Babson lead in the eighth minute.

Thomas answered with an unassisted goal and made it a hat trick in the 19th minute on a Maciewicz assist, and Radis closed the gap to 6-5 in the 21st minute. Collins and Bucci sandwiched goals around Radis's second tally to give Babson an 8-6 lead at halftime.

Radis opened the second half with an unassisted goal, and Maciewicz tied the game at 8-8 in the 34th minute from a Molly Wagner assist.

Collins scored two straight goals for Babson, however, making it 10-8 Babson. After Briana Gross found the net for Bates to make it 10-9 with 20:20 left, Babson scored three straight crucial goals, two by Martignetti and another by Pettengill, and the Beavers led it 13-9 with 13 minutes to play.

Thomas and Gross each added one more goal apiece for Bates to make it 14-11, but Bucci finished the scoring with 5:44 left to play and the Beavers played keepaway for much of the game's remainder.

Bates will host Trinity College on Saturday, March 15 at 12 p.m. in its second NESCAC game of the season.

BOX SCORE: Babson 15, Bates 11