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Women's lacrosse scores upset win at No. 6 Middlebury

Radis

Maciewicz

Pierce

Krueger

Thompson

Dannis

Gross

Brallier

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Bates College women's lacrosse team defeated NESCAC rival Middlebury for the first time in 16 years on Saturday, winning 11-9 at Middlebury's Kohn Field. Middlebury lost its season-opener for the first time in 21 years. The win for the Bobcats was their first over the Panthers in the last 17 meetings, dating back to a win by the same score in '94.

Middlebury (0-1), ranked No. 6 in this week's IWLCA Division III poll, got off to a strong start, taking a 3-0 lead behind a pair of goals from Stephanie Gill in the game's first 6:25. Bates answered with two goals, by sophomore Lindsay Thompson (Ipswich, Mass.) and first-year Jenn Brallier (Chambersburg, Pa.), before Gill scored her third and Michaela Colbert made it a 5-2 Middlebury lead at the 9:51 mark. Bates sophomore Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) closed out the first half scoring for Bates, cutting the deficit to 5-3 at the intermission.

Bates made it a one-goal game with a score by junior Briana Gross (Andover, Mass.), before Margaret Souther scored a pair for the Panthers to give them a 7-4 lead.

Bates then went on a run, scoring the game's next five goals to take a 9-7 lead with 13:01 remaining. Seniors Molly Radis (Peaks Island, Maine) and Morgan Maciewicz (Marblehead, Mass.) each scored twice during the spurt, with Radis converting a free position at 13:32. Colbert scored her second of the game for Middlebury to make it a one-goal game, before Radis answered for Bates at the 6:48 mark. Colbert again made it a one-goal game with 6:15 left to play, as the Panthers trailed 10-9.

Bates took over possession at the 2:30 mark and began to take time off the clock. The Bobcats gained some breathing room later in the possession, as sophomore Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.) made a long cut to the goal with the ball, scoring with a quick shot to give Bates a two-goal lead with just 1:43 remaining. Middlebury threatened, but could not score twice as a free position attempt was denied at the buzzer.

Gill and Colbert led Middlebury with three goals apiece, while Souther added a pair.

Radis paced Bates with three goals, while Maciewicz scored twice. Senior Avery Pierce (Weston, Mass.) was big on defense for the Bobcats, causing five turnovers on the afternoon. Junior Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) made nine saves in goal to earn the win, while Lily Nguyen made nine for the Panthers.

Stats and Play by Play: Bates 11, No. 7 Middlebury 9