HARTFORD, Conn. – Sophomore Kelan McCann scored twice, classmate Hannah Jeffrey made 12 saves, and Bates College women's lacrosse knocked off No. 2 Trinity College, 6-3, on Saturday afternoon at Sheppard Field.
The Bobcats (5-1, 2-1 NESCAC) beat the Bantams (4-1, 2-1 NESCAC) for the first time since April 10, 2005 – a 19-18 double-overtime home victory. Bates handed Trinity its first regular-season loss over a span of 18 games since April 25, 2012, a 7-6 setback to Amherst.
Bates' 5-1 start marks its best season-opening performance since the team began the 2003 season 6-1.
Bates, which received votes in this past week's IWLCA Coaches Poll, opened up a 3-0 lead over the game's first 10 minutes, beginning with a quick catch-and-shoot from sophomore Moriah Greenstein (Glenmont, N.Y.) off a pass from senior Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) less than three minutes into the contest. Five minutes later, Meedzan fed McCann (Shrewsbury, Mass.) for the team's second tally, and senior Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) scored from the left wing after a pass ahead from sophomore Cara Cappellini (Manhasset, N.Y.).
Trinity senior Kathleen Timmons scored the first of her two free-position goals to put the home team on the board with 19:08 left in the first half. Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) then made a pair of saves on close chances – one against Timmons on a free position and another against junior Lindsay Mullaney. Meedzan scored on a free-position shot with 8:58 left before the break to give Bates a 4-1 lead at halftime.
Senior Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) pushed the Bobcats' advantage to 5-1, converting on a free position 17 seconds into the second half after winning one of her game-high four draw controls. Timmons responded with a man-up goal five minutes later to cut the hosts' deficit to 5-2.
Jeffrey and the Bobcat defense, including seniors Cat Dioli (Ipswich, Mass.), Melanie Watson (West Granby, Conn.), and SooHee Yoon (Lexington, Mass.) and junior Aly Dowey (Pound Ridge, N.Y.), held Trinity scoreless over the next 13 minutes before Shea Kusiak flipped in an underhanded goal to pull the Bantams back within 5-3 with 10:27 left to play.
The score remained the same until McCann received a pass from Greenstein and shot immediately into an open Bantam goal with sophomore goalie Emily Mooney out putting extra pressure on the ball. Trinity forced two Bates turnovers in the final 1:30, but the Bobcats took the ball back on a Bantam turnover each time to preserve the win.
Trinity outshot the Bobcats, 24-10, held a 15-10 edge on ground balls, and forced 24 turnovers while committing 14.
Next, Bates plays at St. Joseph's College of Maine at Deering Memorial Stadium in Portland, Maine, on Monday at 4:30 p.m. before hosting Endicott on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.