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Women's lacrosse edged in nail-biter, 8-7

Molly Radis '10 scored three goals to lead the Bobcats at Amherst.

AMHERST, Mass. -- Amherst College erased a three-goal deficit early in the first half, and held off the No. 15 nationally ranked Bates College women’s lacrosse team for an 8-7 win in NESCAC action at Gooding Field Saturday afternoon. The win improves Amherst’s record to 5-2 (3-1 NESCAC), while dropping the Bobcats to 2-4 (2-3) on the year.

Bates jumped all over Amherst at the start of the game, scoring a trio of goals in the first six and a half minutes to take a 3-0 lead. Both of the Bobcats' first two goals were scored by senior Molly Radis (Peaks Island, Maine), and senior Avery Pierce (Weston, Mass.) added a third score on a free-position shot with 23:31 remaining in the first half.

Amherst head coach Chris Paradis called a timeout, and the Lord Jeffs responded just over a minute later. Kathleen Scheld put Amherst on the board with a free-position score, before Kelley Trapp fed Allie Horwitz in front of the net for a quick-stick finish in the air. Amherst tied the game 3-3 with 21:39 remaining in the first half on a scored by Marta Randall, then gained the lead just 26 seconds later on a score by Hillary Denson.

Bates tied the game on sophomore Joan O'Neill's (Westwood, Mass.) free-position score just after the midpoint of the first half, but Amherst was able to take a 5-4 lead into halftime after a score by Hannah Walker. 

Amherst could not hold its lead even five minutes into the second half, as the Bobcats scored at the 28:41 and 25:41 marks. O'Neill scored her second of the game, before putting Bates up 6-5 on a feed to first-year Jenn Brallier (Chambersburg, Pa.) for a goal.

The Lord Jeffs answered down the stretch, scoring three of the final four goals of the game. Julia Viani finished off a helper from Scheld, before Bates scored its final goal of the day on a Radis free-position goal that put Bates ahead 7-6 with 21:08 left to play. Trapp tied the game at 7-7 with 18:06 to play, and then assisted on what would stand as the game-winner to Walker with 17:26 showing.

Bates pressed down the stretch, and with five minutes left Amherst goalie Lamia Harik made her best play of the day by intercepting a pass coming from behind the goal to end a Bates surge. Harik finished the day with six saves, but forced a number of Bobcat shooters to miss the net with her aggressive play between the pipes.

Junior Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) made six saves in goal for Bates in the loss.

Bates will host Endicott in a non-conference game on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

STATS: Amherst 8, Bates 7