LEWISTON, Maine – Sophomore Cara Cappellini scored a game-high five goals, including three in the second half, to propel Bates College women's lacrosse past Wesleyan University, 12-8, at a sun-splashed Garcelon Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Bobcats (3-1, 1-1 NESCAC) used a 4-0 run to start the second half to turn a 4-3 halftime deficit into a 7-4 lead over the Cardinals (1-2, 0-2 NESCAC) and held a lead of at least two goals for the duration.
Cappellini (Manhasset, N.Y.) added an assist for six points on the day while classmate Moriah Greenstein (Glenmont, N.Y.) recorded five points on three goals and two assists. Senior Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) tallied two goals, an assist and a career-high nine draw controls, and senior Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) posted a game-best four assists.
Senior Maddy Coulter (Branford, Conn.) paced the Cardinals with three goals while five different players netted a single tally.
After Wesleyan junior Caitlin Daniels (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored the game's first goal, the Bobcats rattled off three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead just over five minutes into the contest. Cappellini registered Bates' first two goals before senior Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) found the back of the net.
The visitors responded with a 3-0 run of their own to bring a 4-3 edge into the break as Coulter, first-year Morgan Moubayed (Weston, Conn.), and senior Abby D'Angelo (Weston, Mass.) provided the offense.
The Bobcats answered in the opening nine minutes of the second half with their four consecutive goals to take the 7-4 lead as Pierce and Cappellini each netted a pair of goals. Meedzan chipped in two of her assists during the spurt.
Wesleyan pulled within 8-6 with 16:04 to play, but Bates countered with two goals over the next five minutes to capture a 10-6 advantage at the 11:06 mark. Sophomore Kelan McCann (Shrewsbury, Mass.) accounted for the first tally off a feed from Meedzan before Greenstein buried a shot off a pass from McCann. The teams traded a pair of goals inside of the last nine minutes.
Bates sophomore goalie Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) made eight saves on 16 shots to improve her record to 3-1 on the year while Wesleyan sophomore Nina Labovich (Alexandria, Va.) stopped four shots in the loss.
Next, Bates hosts Babson on Wednesday at 5 p.m. while Wesleyan hosts Wheaton on Wednesday at 1 p.m.