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Women's lax shrugs off 7-3 deficit to beat Camels

LEWISTON, Maine -- Junior Bridget Meedzan and first-year Kelan McCann ignited a 6-0 second-half run as the Bates women's lacrosse team defeated Connecticut College 9-8 in a game of streaks Saturday at Garcelon Field.

Bates (7-6, 4-6 NESCAC) captured its third win in a row and moved into sixth place in the NESCAC with the win. Conn was eliminated from postseason contention, dipping to 5-9 overall and 1-8 in conference play,

The game transpired in three distinct parts. Bates jumped out to a 3-0 lead through the first eight minutes of the game. First-year Emma Brinkman's (Rye, N.Y.) second goal of the game occurred just 14 seconds after sophomore Emma Getsinger's (Darien, Conn.) free-position goal had made it 2-0.

Conn adjusted nicely, however, and methodically climbed back into the game, tying it at 3-3 with 7:33 left in the first half, moving ahead 4-3 with 1:37 left in the period, and continuing its run to seven unanswered goals to assume a 7-3 lead with less than 20 minutes left in the game. The Camels fared superbly at limiting Bates to a single shot per possession, and once gaining possession for themselves chewing up game clock, keeping Bates scoreless for a span of more than 36 minutes. Heidi Halsted and Bri Miller both had a goal and an assist as the Camels exerted control over the game for over 30 minutes.

With 16:12 left, the Camels leading 7-3 and the Bobcats deep into a scoring drought, Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) drew a foul and a free-position attempt. She took one step before firing an 8-meter shot past Conn goalie Caitlin Cataldo, ending Bates' scoreless streak and closing the gap to 7-4.

Following a Conn turnover in its offensive third, Meedzan was fouled en route to a Bates clear. At the restart she was off to the races, sprinting 40 yards toward the Conn goal and firing a shot from close to the same place she made her 8-meter goal, closing it to 7-5 with 14:48 left to play.

Bates senior Linnea Fulton (Bristol, R.I.), playing in her final home game at Garcelon, then caused a turnover and gained possession for Bates. Meedzan led the clear and with 13:49 left in the game, she found first-year Moriah Greenstein (Glenmont, N.Y.) open to bring Bates within one, at 7-6.

Bates and Conn then traded turnovers, and the Bobcats tied the game up with 11:09 to go, as McCann dished from behind the goal to Emma Brinkman, who made a quick move before scoring her third goal of the contest.

Fulton controlled the next draw for Bates, and after two minutes of patient offense, junior Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) sprang free from Bates' carousel of rotating cutters; McCann's perfectly timed pass was redirected by Pierce into the top right to give Bates the lead, at 8-7, for the first time in 32 minutes, with 9:40 left to play.

With 5:33 left in the game, Conn's third yellow card of the game resulted in a free-position attempt for McCann, whose low shot found the back of the net for a 9-7 lead.

Conn ended Bates' scoring run with 38.5 seconds to go, as Cassidy Lynch's diagonal pass found Heidi Halsted charging head-on at Bates' goal for the finish, making it a one-goal game again.

Conn's Caroline Corbett gained possession with 22 seconds to go, but a turnover was committed and McCann's ground ball with 18 seconds to play allowed Bates to run out the final seconds of the clock.

Halsted and Miller finished with two goals and an assist apiece. Cataldo had seven saves, two ground balls and two caused turnovers in goal for the Camels.

First-year Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) made six saves in goal for Bates, while Fulton led the defense with two caused turnovers and four draw controls. Pierce and Meedzan came up with four and three draw controls apiece, as Bates won 14 out of 19 draws.

Bates will finish the regular season with a game at Colby on Wednesday at 4:30pm. The Camels will play at Wesleyan in their season finale on Wednesday at 5pm.