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Women's lacrosse beats Connecticut College for fourth straight

Jenna Dannis '12 led Bates with a career-high six goals at Connecticut College. (File photo by Hank Schless '14)

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Bates junior Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) scored six goals and sophomore Jenn Brallier (Chambersburg, Pa.) added five scores -- career high totals for both players -- to lead the 20th-ranked Bates College women’s lacrosse team to a 15-11 victory against Connecticut College at Silfen Field on Saturday.

With their fourth straight win and their sixth in the past seven games, the Bobcats improved to 6-4 with a 3-3 mark in the NESCAC. The Camels slipped to 3-7 with an 0-6 record in league action.

Senior Briana Gross (Andover, Mass.) chipped in with a goal and two assists for the winning side. Senior Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) made five saves in the cage for the Bobcats.

Connecticut College junior Katelyn Driscoll put up five points with three goals and two assists. Bri Miller recorded a hat-trick with three goals for the hosts. Cameron Flaherty tallied two scores for the Camels, and Caitlin Cataldo made five saves between the pipes for the hosts.

Gross vaulted the visitors out to a 6-3 advantage with a goal at the 10:03 mark of the opening half. But Driscoll scored her second goal of the half with exactly eight minutes left to make it a 6-4 game. With one second left in the half, Miller scored to make it a 6-5 game.

Bates scored the first two goals in the second stanza to build an 8-5 advantage with 22:07 to go. However, the Camels scored two of the next three goals, closing to within two after Driscoll executed with a wraparound move at the 16:22 mark.

The teams continued to exchange goals but Bates scored two quick strikes 30 seconds apart to build a 12-8 advantage on a Dannis goal with 13:19 remaining.

Dannis's six goals are the most by a Bobcat since Caroline Thomas '09 also netted six on March 25, 2009 at Babson. The All-American midfielder is on a scoring tear of late, with 15 goals and three assists in the past four games. Dannis had five goals through Bates' first six games this season.

Bates will return home to host the University of New England Sunday, April 17 for a 1 p.m. game. The game can be followed via Live Stats and Video Webcast.

Stats: Bates 15, Connecticut College 11