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No. 17 women's lacrosse falls 7-5 at No. 12 Williams




C. Pierce

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College scored four straight goals to open the second half and pulled away from the Bates College women's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Bobcats 7-5 at Renzie Lamb Field.

Bates (1-1 overall, NESCAC), ranked 17th in Division III this week by USILA, lost despite leading in nearly all statistical categories. The Bobcats outshot 12th-ranked Williams 15-14, collected 21 ground balls to the Ephs' 16 and won eight of 13 draw controls in the contest. But Williams goalie Julia Schreiber led a strong defensive effort for Williams (2-1, 1-1 NESCAC) making six saves, several of those critical, and getting help from the likes of Sam Weinstein, Meera Sivalingham, Quinn Bruggeman and Amy Siedlecki.

Weinstein also scored twice for Williams during the Ephs' four-goal run to start the second half that turned a 3-2 halftime deficit into a 6-3 lead.

Bates sophomore Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) finished with two goals and an assist for Bates. Sophomore Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.) also scored twice. Bates junior goalie Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) finished the day with five saves. Senior Morgan Maciewicz (Marblehead, Mass.) scored once and sophomore Caroline Pierce (Weston, Mass.) notched one assist.

Maciewicz scored on a Dannis assist to put Bates on the board first, five minutes into the game. Dannis scored on a free-position shot to return the lead to Bates at 2-1 with 20:08 left in the first half, and O'Neill answered Kaitlin Ellis's tying goal with 4:59 left in the period with an unassisted tally 46 seconds later, sending the Bobcats into halftime with a 3-2 lead.

Williams scored the tying goal 7:08 into the second half as Weinstein converted a pass from Anne Marie Burke on a 2-on-1 break to knot things at three. Three minutes later, Katie Pettengill forced a shot past Krueger off a Kaitlin Ellis feed. Just 2:50 later, it was Pettengill who delivered a deft pass to a streaking Whitney Kelly in front of the Bobcat goal. Kelly flicked a shot past Krueger for a 5-3 lead. Only 2:16 later, Weinstein scored her second goal, this time getting an assist from Margie Fulton.

Bates responded with a goal from O'Neill. After Fulton made it 7-4 Williams, Dannis scored her second goal of the contest with 1:13 left to make it 7-5. But Williams' Tracey Ferriter won the draw control that followed and Williams killed much of the clock. When the Bobcats regained possession, Schreiber make a terrific save of a nice shot by Dannis to the lower left corner, keeping it at 7-5.

Bates plays its home opener on Wednesday at 5 p.m. against Babson.

STATS: Williams 7, Bates 5