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Women's lacrosse tops Colorado Coll. in opener, 20-4

Emma Brinkman '16 scored twice for the Bobcats in their season opener. (File photo by Mike Bradley/Bates College)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Sophomore Moriah Greenstein tallied a career-high eight points on three goals and five assists to lead Bates College women's lacrosse to a 20-4 win over Colorado College at Washburn Field on Thursday afternoon.

In the season opener for both teams, the Bobcats (1-0) took a 6-0 lead less than six minutes into the contest and held a 13-1 edge over the Tigers (0-1) at the half.

Senior Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) and sophomore Cara Cappellini (Manhasset, N.Y.) each scored three goals while senior Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.), sophomores Kelan McCann (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Emma Brinkman (Rye, N.Y.), and first-year Sydney Cowles (Wayne, Pa.) each netted two.

First-year Joanie Oates (Charlotte, N.C.) registered two assists and a goal, and sophomores Alex Briody (North Kingstown, R.I.) and Emma Noto (Portland, Ore.) chipped in a goal apiece.

Coloardo College goalie Maddie Pillari made seven saves while sophomore Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) and junior Jill Conway (Andover, Mass.) stopped five and four shots respectively for the Bobcats.

Greenstein (Glenmont, N.Y.) put the Bobcats on the board just over three minutes into the game on a free position shot. Over the next five-plus minutes, Brinkman and Shrewsbury each scored twice, and Cappellini added a goal to give Bates a 6-0 lead at the 21:03 mark of the half.

The Bobcats continued to control play, doubling their goal total before the Tigers recorded their first tally. The visitors pushed their advantage to 10-0 with 13:51 left in the half as Briody, McCann, Greenstein, and Meedzan each found the back of the net.

McCann and Cowles each charted goals inside of the first period's final 10 minutes to make it 12-0 before Colorado College scored with 2:31 to go. Greenstein notched another goal just before the break, putting Bates up 13-1.

Bates pushed its lead to as large as 16-1 just less than eight minutes into the second frame with Oates, Meedzan, and Shrewsbury providing the offense. After two goals from the Tigers, Cappellini scored twice, and Cowles and Noto posted a goal apiece with CC netting one more prior to that for the final.

Next, Bates hosts Amherst in its NESCAC opener on March 1 at noon.