Caroline Thomas '09 leads the Bobcats in scoring with 16 goals this season.
LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College women's lacrosse team played a tightly contested game Saturday afternoon against NESCAC rival Williams College, but could not sustain their attack in the second half, losing 13-9.
The Bobcats (2-2, 0-2 NESCAC) were led by senior tri-captain Caroline Thomas' four goals and junior Molly Radis' three goals and one assist. Also scoring for the Bobcats were junior attack Molly Dilworth and first-year midfielder Maggie Reilly.
The Bobcats and the Ephs traded goals for much of the first half. Williams got on the board first with a goal from junior attack Whitney Thayer from senior midfielder Britt Spackman three minutes into the game. Bates tied the game four minutes later on a goal from Dilworth (Yarmouth, Maine) from junior midfielder Morgan Maciewicz (Marblehead, Mass.). Bates took a 2-1 lead on Thomas' first goal of the game on an assist from first-year midfielder Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.).
Williams responded with a quick burst of scoring, reclaiming the lead on three goals in a span of 45 seconds, by Tina Nawrocki, Margie Fulton and Britt Spackman. However, Bates remained on the offensive as Reilly (Wellesley, Mass.) closed the gap to make it 4-3. Williams sophomore midfielder Anne Marie Burke increased the lead to two goals again one minute later on an assist from Fulton.
The Bobcats closed out the first half strongly scoring two unanswered goals from Radis (Peaks Island, Maine) and Thomas (Barrington, R.I.), tying the game 5-5 at the break.
In the second half, Radis and Thomas came out firing, scoring another goal each for a 7-5 Bates lead. Williams got hot, however, scoring eight of the last 10 goals of the game. Bates rallied with five minutes to play on Radis' third goal of the game to bring the score to 12-9, but the Bobcats would not get any closer.
The Ephs (2-1, 1-1 NESCAC) had goals from eight different players including 3 goals and 1 assist from Fulton, and 2 goals and 3 assists from both Spackman and Nawrocki.
Bates sophomore goalie Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) made 9 saves, while Ephs sophomore goalie Julia Schreiber made 11 saves in the game.
Bates next hosts the University of New England on Tuesday, March 17 at 5 p.m.