Joan O'Neill '12 set Bates single-season records for points (70) and assists (26). (File photo by Hank Schless '14)
WATERVILLE, Maine -- Two days after the Bates women's lacrosse team defeated Colby 15-10 in the teams' regular season finale, the rival Mules got revenge by defeating the Bobcats 17-8 on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship.
Lindsey McKenna scored six goals for the third-seeded Mules (12-3), who went on to play second-seeded Bowdoin in a league semifinal game. McKenna came within a goal of matching the NESCAC tournament record of seven scores.
Bates (9-7) finished the season with a No. 20 national ranking, and missed earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship.
The Bobcats pounced on the Mules for a 4-0 lead just 6 1/2 minutes into the game. Junior Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) started the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 27:04 mark of the half, and was followed by three straight goals involving junior Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.). O'Neill scored on a free-position shot at 26:10, then assisted sophomore Jenn Brallier (Chambersburg, Pa.) at 25:39 and added her second goal at 23:32, assisted by senior Briana Gross (Andover, Mass.).
Colby responded with three straight goals, the beginning of a 9-2 run stretching into the first minute of the second half, giving Colby a 9-6 lead. Brallier's third goal of the game closed the gap to 9-7, but the Mules tacked on three straight goals before O'Neill's fourth goal of the game made it 12-8. Colby's momentum would not be lost, however: the Mules scored the final five goals of the game -- the first by McKenna with 10:06 remaining and the last by her with 1:15 to play. In between, Casey Thomas, Kate Pistel, and Katie Briody had the other goals.
O'Neill has totaled 44 goals and 26 assists this season, setting team records for points and assists in one season by breaking the former marks of 68 points (set by Stephanie Smith in 1987) and 25 assists (set by Carrie Smith in 2002). O'Neill has also tied former teammate Morgan Maciewicz for career assists, with 50.
Sophomore Linnea Fulton (Bristol, R.I.) had five draw controls and two ground balls to lead Bates. Senior Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) stopped 11 shots for Bates.