LEWISTON, Maine – Senior Blair Shrewsbury scored a game-high four goals, but Bates College women's lacrosse fell to No. 13 Amherst College, 12-8, in the NESCAC opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Garcelon Field.
The Bobcats (1-1, 0-1 NESCAC) tied the game at 6-6 just over five minutes into the second half before the Lord Jeffs (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) scored six of the game's last eight goals.
Senior Caroline Holliday (Newark, Del.) led the visitors with six points on three goals and three assists while sophomore Rachel Passarelli (Hamden, Conn.) recorded four points on two goals and two assists. Senior Elizabeth Ludlow (Huntington, N.Y.) and classmate Meghan Mills (Far Hills, N.J.) each added two goals.
For Bates, sophomore Moriah Greenstein (Glenmont, N.Y.) registered five points with three assists and two goals in support of Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) while senior Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) compiled two goals, four ground balls, and three draw controls.
The Bobcats opened the contest with a 2-1 lead behind goals from Shrewsbury and Greenstein just less than eight minutes into the game. The Lord Jeffs responded with a 4-1 run, taking a 5-3 advantage with 7:09 left in the period. Greenstein tacked on a goal off a free-position shot with 91 seconds left in the frame to bring Bates within 5-4 at the half.
Shrewsbury knotted the score at 5-5 less than three minutes into the second stanza and tied it again at 6-6 three minutes later. Amherst then used another 4-1 spurt to pull ahead 10-7 with 7:16 left as Holliday scored twice during the run.
Bates cut its deficit to 10-8 with 5:27 remaining off a Shrewsbury goal, but the Lord Jeffs netted two goals in the final three minutes as the Bobcats made an extra effort to regain possession.
Amherst sophomore goalie Christy Forrest (Madison, Conn.) made 11 saves including seven in the second half and four in the last 12 minutes in the win. Sophomore Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) stopped six shots for Bates.
Neither side could gain much of a statistical advantage as shots (20 -20), ground balls (13-11 Bates), and draw controls (12-10 Amherst) held steady.
Next, Bates plays host to the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday at 4:30pm, in a game originally scheduled to be played at USM.