|Jenna Dannis '12 scored a career-high four goals and added an assist.|
LEWISTON, Maine -- The No. 20 nationally ranked Bates College women's lacrosse team ran out to a 9-1 lead in the first 25 minutes and went on to cruise to an 18-7 non-conference victory over visiting Endicott College on Tuesday.
The loss is the first in six games for the Gulls (7-2), while Bates moves to 3-4 on the season.
Sophomore Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) scored four goals and added an assist for the Bobcats. First-year Jenn Brallier (Chambersburg, Pa.) and junior Emily Howe (Carlisle, Mass.) both notched career highs with three goals apiece, while sophomore Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.), junior Briana Gross (Andover, Mass.) and sophomore Caroline Pierce (Weston, Mass.) added two apiece.
Morgan DeShaw and Holly Davis scored two goals apiece for Endicott.
Five of Bates' first eight goals came on free-position attempts, as the Bobcats converted their first five in a row. Sophomore Lindsay Thompson (Ipswich, Mass.) started it off with a free-position goal with 28:19 to go in the first half, and Dannis followed with two in a row, her 10th and 11th goals of the season, the second one on an FPS. Gross made it 4-0 with her fifth goal of the year, off of O'Neill's sixth assist of the season.
DeShaw got the Gulls on the board with an FPS goal of her own to make it 4-1 with 20:25 left. But Bates responded by reeling off five straight goals. O'Neill's team-high 19th goal of the year, an unassisted tally, made it 9-1 with 4:23 left in the period. Valerie Feldman closed it to 9-2 with an unassisted goal, but Pierce resumed the advantage to 10-2 at halftime on a feed from Thompson at the 1:16 mark.
Bates resumed where it left off in the second period, getting two straight goals by Brallier in the first 1:38, the second of which started the clock running continuously due to a 10-goal lead for the Bobcats. Dannis and Howe added goals before the first five minutes of the half had elapsed, putting Bates ahead by a game-high 12-goal margin at 14-2 with 25:13 left in the game.
Endicott scored five of the next six goals, however, and Davis's first goal at the 13:10 mark of the half stopped the clock from running continuously. Endicott cut the lead to 15-7 on a goal by Kelly Tierney, but Bates finished the game with three unanswered goals for the final 18-7 score.
Leah Neff made seven saves for the Gulls. Junior Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) made four saves after starting in goal for Bates and going 47:10. Sophomore Leah Elsmore (Broadview Heights, Ohio) played the final 12:50 and made one save for the Bobcats.
Bates plays at the University of Southern Maine tomorrow at 4 p.m.