Jenn Brallier '13 scored four times, her eighth game this season scoring three or more goals. (File photo)
BEVERLY, Mass. -- Sophomore attack Jenn Brallier (Chambersburg, Pa.) scored four goals while junior Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.) and first-year Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) each added three as the No. 20 nationally ranked Bates women's lacrosse team toppled Endicott, 18-6, Tuesday night at Endicott Stadium. The visitors came out firing with eight straight goals to open the game and built a 9-2 halftime lead before outscoring the hosts 9-4 over the final 30 minutes of play.
Junior Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) and senior Briana Gross (Andover, Mass.) each added two goals for the Bobcats (8-6).
The Gulls (11-6) were led by three goals from Holly Davis. Kellie Cunningham chipped in three goals, five ground balls, and four caused turnovers in the setback while Molly Sowles added a goal and an assist.
Brallier, Meedzan, and O'Neill each scored twice in the opening 20 minutes of play as Bates took a commanding 8-0 lead.
Morgan DeShaw found Cunningham at 7:19 to stop the run before linking up with Davis less than two minutes later to make it 8-2.
Junior Lindsay Thompson (Ipswich, Mass.) capped the first half scoring with an unassisted tally at 3:55 to give Bates a seven-goal lead entering the break.
Cunningham's second of the evening came just 39 seconds into the second frame after taking a feed from Sowles, but Brallier responded a minute later with her third of the night to push the lead back to seven.
Junior Michelle Loizzo's first assist of the season came on Sowles' goal at 27:13 to pull the Gulls within six. The Bobcats countered with two straight to extend the advantage to 12-4 with just over 20 minutes remaining.
Davis capped Endicott's scoring with back-to-back goals at 19:32 and 17:27 before Bates rattled off six unanswered to close it out.
Senior goalie Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) picked up the win for Bates, making three saves.
Leah Neff made 11 saves for the Gulls, who will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming TCCC Tournament.
Bates was led by three caused turnovers apiece from first-year Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) and Dannis. Brallier collected six draw controls.