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O'Neill notches 200th career point as women's lax routs USM

GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.) scored six goals and sophomore Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) had a career-high six points on three goals and three assists to lead the visiting Bates women's lacrosse team to a 20-9 victory over the University of Southern Maine in non-conference women's lacrosse action Sunday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

The win was the third in the last four games for the 20th-ranked Bobcats, and improved their overall record to 6-5. The Huskies dipped to 5-8 overall.

O'Neill had four of her goals in the first half as the Bobcats built a 10-5 lead by halftime. Meedzan had two markers and two helpers in the second half as Bates stretched out its lead.

O'Neill's sixth goal gave her 40 for the season as well as 200 career points (135 goals, 65 assists), extending her own Bates career points record.

First-year Kathy Yannopoulos (Simsbury, Conn.) contributed three goals to the Bates offense. Sophomores Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) and Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) and senior Maggie Reilly (Wellesley, Mass.) had two goals apiece.

Senior Leah Elsmore (Broadview Heights, Ohio) started between the pipes for Bates and had four saves in the opening half.  Junior Eloise O'Connor (Loudonville, N.Y.) played the second half and stopped two shots.

Junior Shelby Turcotte paced the Southern Maine attack, scoring four times. Sophomore Jacki Kelly added two goals and had six draw controls. Sophomore goalie Kim Vogel was busy in the Huskies' cage, making 16 saves.

O'Neill scored twice in the opening six minutes to give Bates a lead it would never relinquish. Turcotte cut the deficit in half for USM with 22.51 to play, but Bates scored the next five goals to open up a 7-1 lead. The Huskies outscored the Bobcats 4-3 over the final 13 minutes of the half to get within five at the break.

Meedzan and Turcotte traded goals in the opening three minutes of the second half before Bates ran off a string of five straight goals to expand its advantage to 16-6 midway through the stanza.  O'Neill had the first two goals in the run with Shrewsbury, rookie Sarah Miller (East Aurora, N.Y.) and Yannopoulos netting the next three.

Bates will play at Tufts University on Tuesday at 5pm in a NESCAC game.

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