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Amherst comes back to tip women's lacrosse in overtime, 11-9

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College women's lacrosse team led from the 25:54 point of the first half until 2:45 remained in regulation, but Amherst College made up a 9-6 deficit in the final 5:06 of regulation, and went on to win 11-9 in overtime on Sunday at Garcelon Field.

No. 17 Amherst (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC) received five goals from Allie Horwitz, and three from Marta Randall, all in the second half. Caroline Holliday netted the game-winning goal, and gave Amherst its first lead, with 3:40 left in overtime, her second score of the game.

Senior Joan O'Neill (Weston, Mass.) scored four times and assisted on another goal for 18th-ranked Bates (1-2, 0-2 NESCAC), which suffered its second home NESCAC loss in as many days. Sophomore Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) scored twice and assisted on another, and senior Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) added two goals.

Wally Pierce scored two straight goals in the second half, one at the 21:29 mark and the second at 14:24, to give the Bobcats a three-goal cushion at 9-6. Bates then began eating time off the clock successfully, keeping Amherst from getting off a shot until Randall took an 8-meter shot with 5:44 left. Junior Eloise O'Connor (Loudonville, N.Y.) made the save, but Randall picked up the ground ball off the save, and with 5:06 left Horwitz netted her fourth goal of the game to close the gap to 9-7.

Alex Philie won the ensuing draw for Amherst, and the Lord Jeffs called timeout with 4:23 left in the game. Less than a minute later, Randall found the mark for the second time in the half to narrow the lead to 9-8 Bates.

Claire Bennett won the next draw for Amherst, and with 2:49 left in regulation Bates committed a foul to give Randall a free-position shot, which she converted to tie the game at 9-9 with 2:45 left -- the game's first tie since 1-1. Amherst then won its third straight draw -- Philie's game-high sixth draw control of the game, enabling the Jeffs to wind the clock down and take the final shot. Randall released the last shot of regulation with about three seconds remaining, but it was blocked, sending the game into the 6-minute overtime period.

Randall won Amherst's fourth straight draw to start the overtime, allowing Amherst to keep the ball away from Bates, and 2:20 into the period Holliday scored on the first shot of extra time.

Annelies O'Dea won the next draw for Amherst, and the Jeffs got off a shot by Elizabeth Ludlow, saved by O'Connor.

Bates sophomore SooHee Yoon (Lexington, Mass.) finally won a draw for the Bobcats at the halfway point of the overtime, allowing O'Neill to attempt her, and Bates', first shot since 11:18 remained in the second half. The shot went wide, and Amherst cleared the ball. Another foul in the Bates box gave Horwitz another free-position attempt, which she converted for an 11-9 lead with 33 seconds to go. Amherst controlled the last draw and ran out the clock to seal its comeback win.

Amherst won 14 of 24 draws, including five of the last six. Bates outshot Amherst by a 22-20 margin, but the Lord Jeffs got four free-position goals on seven attempts, while Bates converted two of four.

O'Neill scored three goals in the opening 12 minutes of the game, then assisted on first-year Kathy Yannopoulos's (Weatogue, Conn.) score with 8:03 left in the first half for a 5-1 Bates lead.

A yellow card called against Bates with 4:18 left in the half was followed 43 seconds later by a man-up score by Horwitz, her first goal of the season. Amherst closed the gap to 5-3 after winning the draw and getting an 8-meter goal by Holliday with 2:53 left in the period, putting the Lord Jeffs back in the game for the start of the second half.

Bates will play host to Wesleyan Saturday at 12pm (Live Stats / Video).

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