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Youthful women's lacrosse team set to open at Babson

LEWISTON, Maine -- Having one senior and 12 first-year players on the active roster is one good indication of how young the 2013 Bates women's lacrosse team's composition is.

The Bobcats' 2013 regular season begins on Wednesday with a non-conference game at Babson, starting at 5pm (Live Stats / Video). Bates then commences its NESCAC schedule in earnest this weekend, with a game on Saturday at No. 5 Middlebury (12pm; Live Stats / Video) followed by a Sunday contest at No. 8 Amherst (1:30pm).

Senior defender Linnea Fulton (Bristol, R.I.) is the Bobcats' co-captain along with senior Jenn Brallier (Chambersburg, Pa.), who will miss a second season of action with a concussion but is serving as student assistant coach. Brallier aids a staff comprising eighth-year head coach Brett Allen, third-year assistant coach Heidi Howard Allen and new addition Lindsay Abbott, who graduated from Cortland State in 2012 following a star-studded career with the Red Dragons.

Bates finished the 2012 season with a 7-8 overall record and its fourth straight appearance in the NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship quarterfinals. The Bobcats consistently found themselves in the top 20 national ranking and will be looking to earn their first berth in the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship tournament since 1994.

The Bobcats return two of their top three point leaders from last season in sophomore attacker Kathy Yannopoulos (Simsbury, Conn.) and junior midfielder Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.). Junior Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) chipped in 11 goals and five assists in 2012.

Sophomore Emma Getsinger (Greenwich, Conn.), junior SooHee Yoon (Lexington, Mass.) and sophomore Aly Dowey (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) will be key factors in the midfield. While on defense, the Bobcats will look to a pair of All-Region performers, Fulton and junior Cat Dioli (Ipswich, Mass.), as anchors. Dioli, Fulton and Pierce were all named to the IWLCA All-Region team in 2012.

Bates also boasts an impressive class of first-year players, whom Allen hopes will develop into standouts across the field.