LEWISTON, Maine -- Junior Wally Pierce had career highs in goals (4), points (5) and draw controls (7) to lead the Bates women's lacrosse team to an 11-10 NESCAC victory over Williams on Saturday at Garcelon Field.
Bates (4-5, 2-4 NESCAC) scored five straight goals during the first period to assume a 7-3 lead. The Bobcats scored four of the first five goals in the second period for a game-high lead of 11-6 before Williams' late-game charge.
Williams (6-2, 2-2 NESCAC) scored four straight in the final 4:15 of the game, including two in the final minute, to surprisingly threaten Bates' lead. Rebecca McGovern's tally with 12.1 seconds left moved Williams within one goal for the first time since Bates led 4-3 in the 17th minute. Neither team could control the final draw before time expired on Bates' second conference win this season.
Sophomore Emma Getsinger (Darien, Conn.) scored three goals with one assist for Bates, while first-year Moriah Greenstein (Glenmont, N.Y.) added two goals and junior Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) tallied a goal and an assist.
Bates first-year goalie Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) enjoyed her second straight outstanding effort, making 14 saves, including two on free-position shots in the final 1:15. Senior Linnea Fulton (Bristol, R.I.) contributed four draw controls.
Williams goalie Ali Piltch also had several outstanding saves among 14 total. The Ephs received two goals apiece by Sam Weinstein, McGovern, Hilary Cook and Nancy Palmer, while Bridget Malicki added a goal with two assists. Weinstein also dished out two helpers. Emily Whicker collected five draw controls.
Weinstein assisted on two straight Williams goals for a 2-1 Ephs lead eight minutes in. Greenstein answered on a Shrewsbury assist a minute later, but Williams went ahead for the last time at 3-2 when McGovern converted an 8-meter shot.
Bates scored back-to-back goals in the 17th minute, beginning when Pierce scored off the rebound of Piltch's save of a Getsinger shot. Fulton controlled the ensuing draw and shortly after Bates first-year Kelan McCann (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was fouled in the circle and scored a free-position goal.
Bates made it 6-3, prompting a Williams timeout with 8:19 left, with goals by Shrewsbury and Getsinger. Pierce controlled the next draw, however, quickly leading to Getsinger's second straight goal, assisted by junior Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.).
Williams regrouped to finish out the half by closing the gap to 7-5, as Malicki assisted Weinstein and Palmer at the 4:51 and 2:48 marks, respectively.
Bates scored the first two goals of the second half to re-establish controlWith 27:23 left, Pierce finished off a Bates fast break after catching Getsinger's threaded-needle of an upfield pass. Four minutes later, with 22:33 left in the game, Pierce returned the favor with a well-timed feed to Getsinger cutting down the middle of the lane, making it 9-5 in Bates' favor.
Williams' Stephanie Gallo closed it to 9-6 with a well-placed low shot with 17:12 to go. But seven seconds after Williams was issued a yellow card, Pierce scored a man-up goal with 10:37 left. Bates went up 11-6 with 7:08 to go, when Greenstein collected the rebound off a Pierce shot and save and flipped it past Piltch.
Williams began its late comeback with 4:15 to go, when Weinstein ripped an outside shot over Jeffrey's left shoulder and in. Williams controlled the ensuing draw, and with 3:03 to go, Cook drove in from behind the net and tucked the ball in to suddenly close the gap to 11-8. With Williams' attack supplying relentless pressure, the Ephs drew two straight free-position attempts, the second one converted by Cook with 53.5 seconds on the clock, making it 11-9.
Williams' Whicker controlled the next draw, and with 27 seconds left Weinstein drew another free-position attempt for the Ephs. Her quick 8-meter shot was saved but not controlled by Jeffrey, and with 12.1 seconds to go McGovern made it a one-goal game at 11-10.
Williams plays at Bowdoin tomorrow at 1pm; Bates next plays at NESCAC rival Hamilton next Saturday, April 6 at 12pm.