LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates women's lacrosse team used a quick-strike offense to great effect in handing No. 19 nationally ranked Tufts a 13-9 defeat in NESCAC play on Wednesday night at Garcelon Field.
The win allowed Bates (5-6, 3-5 NESCAC) to move ahead of Tufts (6-6, 2-6 NESCAC) in the conference standings, with two NESCAC games left on both teams' schedules. The teams entered the contest in a three-way tie for seventh place in the NESCAC, along with Williams.
Tufts led 2-1 with 19:52 left in the first half, but Bates scored three straight over the next three minutes for a 4-2 lead that the Bobcats never relinquished, though Tufts stayed within at least four goals the rest of the way.
The majority of Bates' goals on the night were scored in transition. The Bobcats looked fast and rested as virtually every possession gained became a race to the front of the Tufts goal.
First-year Emma Brinkman's (Rye, N.Y.) three goals and one assist and sophmore Emma Getsinger's (Darien, Conn.) three tallies led Bates' scorers. First-year Moriah Greenstein (Glenmont, N.Y.), junior Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) and junior Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) all had two goals and at least one assist apiece. Pierce and Brinkman were both credited with five draw controls apiece.
Gabby Horner had three goals and and two assists, while Caroline Ross added three goals and an assist to lead the Jumbos. Caroline Ross scored two goals and Brigid Bowser added one goal and one assist. Emily Wright collected two ground balls in addition to two draw controls and two caused turnovers to lead Tufts defensively.
Tufts outshot Bates by a 29-21 margin, but first-year goalie Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) made 13 saves for Bates, and the Jumbos had trouble converting free-position opportunities, going 1-for-8 after Bates fouls. Bates was 3-for-5 on 8-meter attempts. Tess Shapanka stopped six shots in goal for Tufts.
Horner's third goal of the game, scored with 7:34 left in regulation, closed the gap to 12-9, and the Jumbos threatened to make it a two-goal game when Ross's close-range shot was saved by Jeffrey. In the exchange that sealed the win for the Bobcats, Bates earned a free-position attempt for Pierce that hit the post and was controlled by a Tufts defender as the clock dipped under 3:00. Tufts' outlet pass was picked off by Bates junior SooHee Yoon (Lexington, Mass.), who immediately found Brinkman with a 20-yard pass to the front of the Tufts goal, and Brinkman finished the play off for the hat trick, also giving Yoon her second assist of the night.
Bates hosts Connecticut College on Saturday at 12pm, while Tufts takes on Wesleyan on Saturday at home (12pm).