MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Sophomore Emma Getsinger scored her team-leading 10th goal of the season and fourth of the contest with just :09.7 left on the clock to make an 8-7 winner of the Bates women's lacrosse team over Wesleyan University on Saturday.
Bates got its initial NESCAC win of the year while improving to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in conference action. Wesleyan dropped to 1-3 overall, 0-3 NESCAC. Bates plays its home opener on Monday at 4pm, hosting Saint Joseph's (Maine) in a non-conference affair.
Sophomore Kathy Yannopoulos (Simsbury, Conn.) sent a perfect pass from behind the net on the right to Getsinger (Darien, Conn.) in front for a quick shot and the winning goal. Yannopoulos posted her eighth assist of the year, giving her a team high for assists and points with 11.
Neither team led by more than two goals in the contest, that coming with 10:12 to go in the first half after Wesleyan rattled off three straight goals to grab a 4-2 lead. Senior Kaylin Berger tied the game at 2-2 with her second goal of the game off an assist by sophomore Caty Daniels before Daniels put the Cardinals ahead, 3-2, with a free-position shot. When junior Abby D'Angelo raced upfield after collecting the draw for Wesleyan and scored on a high shot just 12 seconds later, Wesleyan had a two-goal margin.
Bates freshman goalie Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) only yielded three more goals over the final 40 minutes as she finished the game with 13 saves in a strong effort. Wesleyan freshman keeper Nina Labovich also had a solid game with nine stops. No stop for Jeffrey was bigger than the one she made in the final minute off a point-blank attempt by Wesleyan senior Catherine Taibi that would have put the Cardinals ahead. Bates then got possession and moved up field to set up the winning goal.
Bates regained the lead just before halftime, 5-4, by scoring the final three goals of the period, the last by Getsinger on a free-position shot with only :01 to go. First-year Kelan McCann (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored a pair of Bobcat goals just 1:02 apart, the last with 6:19 to go before intermission, to tie the game at 4-4.
A pair of goals by senior Lydia Kring in the opening five minutes of the second half spotted Wesleyan a 6-5 lead. Bates tied the count as Getsinger sliced through the Wesleyan defense at the 16:22 mark to complete her hat trick.
Again, the Cardinals moved ahead as Daniels got her second goal of the game with 15:58 left, catching a pass from sophomore Daphne Kroessler on the right side and putting it home. The lead lasted nine minutes as Bates junior Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) put a low shot into the left corner on a free-position attempt with 6:51 on the clock.
The win evened the all-time series between Wesleyan and Bates at 7-7 while the Bobcats picked up their fifth consecutive win over the Cardinals, three of them by a one-goal margin.