LEWISTON, Maine -- In a matchup of the two teams tied for seventh place in the NESCAC going into the game, the No. 17 nationally ranked Hamilton College registered a convincing 16-9 win over the 19th-ranked Bates College women's lacrosse team on Saturday at Garcelon Field.
Hamilton (4-6, 3-4 NESCAC) received four goals off the bench from Mariah Monks, three goals from Kathryn Maiorano and two goals and two assists each for the trio of Libby Schultz, Katie D'Antonio and Rachel Friedman. The Continentals also dominated possession of the ball and limited the conference's leading scorer, Bates senior Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.), to a season-low one goal on five shots.
Bates first-year Emma Getsinger (Darien, Conn.) scored a season-high three goals for Bates (5-5, 2-5 NESCAC), while sophomore Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) added two scores. Junior Linnea Fulton (Bristol, R.I.) collected a game-high five ground balls and tied for the game high in caused turnovers with sophomore Cat Dioli (Ipswich, Mass.), with four apiece.
Dewi Caswell and Kari Koga took turns tending goal for Hamilton, with Caswell making three saves in the first half and Koga stopping four shots in the second half. Lauren Sokol controlled a game-high seven draws for the Continentals.
Bates senior Leah Elsmore (Broadview Heights, Ohio) started in goal and was relieved by junior Eloise O'Connor (Loudonville, N.Y.), who made three stops in 38 minutes of action.
While most team statistics in the game were fairly even, the Continentals were sharper offensively than the Bobcats. Hamilton scored the first four goals of the game and held Bates scoreless until 15:51 remained in the first half, when sophomore Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) put the Bobcats on the scoreboard with an unassisted tally, her 11th score of the year.
Hannah Hoar and Monks answered Pierce's score with two more over the next 94 seconds for a commanding 6-1 lead with 14:17 to go in the half. Bates got three of the next four scores to close it to 7-4, but that was as close as the score would get the rest of the way. D'Antonio netted her 16th goal of the season on a free-position shot with 3:43 left in the half, for an 8-4 halftime lead.
O'Neill found a seam to get off a score 2:18 into the second half to close the score to 8-5, O'Neill's 34th goal of the season. But Hamilton answered with seven straight goals to put the game out of reach. Monks scored two in the decisive run, and Libby Schultz's 13th goal of the season put the Continentals ahead 15-5, invoking the running clock.
Bates then mounted a 4-0 run, too late in the game to ultimately make a difference. Shrewsbury scored on a fast-break on a feed from senior Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) with 3:50 left in the game, Bates' dose of added aggression led to three straight free-position goals by the Bobcats, two by Getsinger and a third by Shrewsbury, to close the gap to 15-9 with 1:50 left in the game. Friedman scored the Continentals' second extra-man goal of the game, Friedman's 22nd of the year, with 13 seconds left to finalize the score at 16-9.
The Bobcats, currently holding on to eighth place in the NESCAC, are off until a non-conference game at Southern Maine on April 15 at 1pm.