LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates women's lacrosse team gave No. 2 nationally ranked Trinity a stiff challenge, but the visiting Bantams held off the Bobcats 9-5 in Bates' NESCAC home opener Saturday at Garcelon Field.
Allie Barrett, Grace O'Donnell, Nicole Stauffer and Kiley Coffey scored two goals apiece for Trinity (5-1, 3-0 NESCAC) and Clare Lyne added a pair of assists, while goalie Zoe Ferguson made 11 saves to mitigate a 16-13 Bates advantage in shots on goal. Clara Nowlan caused three turnovers for the Bantams while Abby McInerney added a goal and four draw controls.
Bates (3-3, 0-3) junior Teal Otley (Cumberland, Maine) scored a game-high three goals on five shots, giving her eight goals in her past two games. Otley has scored multiple goals in five of Bates' six games. Sophomore goalkeeper Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.) made four saves.
Barrett and Coffey both scored twice in the first half to lead Trinity to a 6-2 lead at the break.
Barrett struck first, catching a quick flip down the middle from Lyne and finishing the play 70 seconds into the game. Bates junior Allison Dewey (Vergennes, Vt.) answered with a tying goal 16 seconds later after junior Camille Belletete (Jaffrey, N.H.) controlled the draw. But Trinity held Bates off the scoreboard for the next 16 minutes, meanwhile getting goals from McInerney and O'Donnell for a 3-1 lead.
Otley closed the gap to 3-2, picking up a knocked down pass in front of the Trinity goal and scoring on a quick shot.
But Barrett doubled the lead with 8:51 to go, spinning away from a defender and finding herself unguarded against Statile. Coffey scored her first goal with 8:07 to go, then bounced in a shot from a high release point to make it 6-2 with 4:12 left, as Trinity closed out the half on a 3-0 run.
Statile stopped a free-position shot by Simpson three minutes into the second half, and shortly after Belletete scored on a charge up the middle. With 25:29 to go, Otley finished off an impressive solo move and a herky-jerky shot into the top left corner to close the deficit to 6-4.
Trinity responded with three unanswered goals while holding Bates scoreless over 25 minutes. Stauffer gave Trinity more breathing room after an extra pass made by Georgia Mergner. With 21:46 left, Lyne's laser pass from the right wing to O'Donnell near the left post made it 8-4. Trinity put the game nearly out of reach with 11:44 to go, with Simpson assisting Stauffer to make it 9-4.
Otley's free-position goal with 15 seconds left closed the final deficit to 9-5.
Bates hosts St. Joseph's College of Maine Wednesday at 6pm.
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