Women's Lacrosse Edged by Bates in OT, 9-8

Women's Lacrosse Edged by Bates in OT, 9-8

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Allison Dewey (Vergennes, Vt.) scored 1:32 into overtime to lift visiting Bates College to a 9-8 win over Babson College in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Wednesday evening at MacDowell Field.

Babson drops to 1-2 with its second consecutive loss, while Bates improves to 2-1 on the year.

Senior Emily Bresnahan (Wenham, Mass.) scored twice and junior Charlotte O'Halloran (Middletown, R.I.) and sophomore Taylor Thorbahn (Duxbury, Mass.) dished out two assists apiece for the Beavers. Junior Julia Harrigan (Portsmouth, R.I.) led all players with six draw controls, while senior Delaney Carroll (Acton, Mass.) contributed a game-high five ground balls and was one of three players with two caused turnovers.

Sophomore Katie Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) and first-year Avery MacMullen (New Haven, Conn.) each scored twice for the Bobcats. Senior Kaileigh Maguire (Sudbury, Mass.) and junior Camille Belletete (Jaffrey, N.H.) both finished with a goal and two assists, while Dewey scooped up three ground balls and caused two turnovers.

The Green and White jumped out to a 2-0 advantage behind goals from O'Halloran and senior Francesca Giovanucci (Easton, Mass.) in the first three minutes before Bates responded with seven of the next eight tallies to lead by as many as four early in the second half. The Bobcats carried a 6-3 edge into the break and then made it 7-3 on Belletete's free-position strike just over four minutes after halftime.

The Beavers still trailed by four with less than 14 minutes to go before ripping off the final four goals of regulation. Junior Annie Arthur (West Windsor, Vt.) started the run at the 13:22 mark, and first-year Taylor Herrmann (Mahwah, N.J.) cut the deficit to 8-6 by converting a feed from O'Halloran with 7:54 to play.

Harrigan won the ensuing draw control and scored just over a minute later to make it a one-goal margin. Bates, which committed 10 second-half turnovers gave the ball up with 2:41 remaining and Bresnahan notched the game-tying goal with 25 seconds left to force overtime.

Babson won the opening draw of the extra session, but Belletete draw a charging foul and then found Dewey for the game-winning tally just over 90 seconds into the period.

First-year Olivia Phelan (Wilton, Conn.) made seven saves in her first career start for the Green and White, while sophomore Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.) turned away nine shots for Bates.

The Beavers held the edge in draw controls (11-8) and ground balls (20-16), but converted just 12-of-20 clears and were held without a free-position goal in five attempts.

The Bobcats finished 5-of-10 on free-position shots and were successful on 17-of-20 clears.

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Endicott at 12 p.m., while Bates visits Amherst at 2 p.m.

•    The Beavers are 6-16 all-time against Bates and have dropped four straight games since 2013.
•    Babson's last overtime game prior to Wednesday was a 13-12 setback at Connecticut College on February 28, 2015.
•    Wednesday's loss was just the third over the last 14 games for the Beavers when allowing nine goals or less.
•    Babson's last four losses going back to last March have all come by a single goal.