NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's lacrosse team maintained momentum and did not trail for more than 45 minutes of action, but it wasn't enough, as Bates rallied to earn a 10-7 victory over the Camels on Saturday afternoon at Silfen Field. The Bobcats scored five of the game's last six goals to earn their second conference win of the season.
After recognizing its six-member senior class, Connecticut College came out strong and netted the first two goals of the game. Junior captain Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) put the team on the board by finishing a pass from Kirby Heffrin (Marblehead, Mass.) to put the hosts on the board at 21:57, and sophomore Erica Hesser (Rye, N.Y.) followed by converting a free position shot two minutes later.
Even though Bates came back to tie the score at 2-all, the Camels pushed ahead again to take a 4-2 advantage into halftime by most notably having Navoni and Heffrin connect for the second time with just 27 seconds left.
The Bobcats, however, regrouped during the break and began clawing back in the second half beginning when Isabelle Paulus scored on a free position at 28:08 to slice the margin in half. Connecticut College appeared to answer at the other end when Meghan Corcoran (West Hartford, Conn.) found Navoni from behind the net less than two minutes later, but the goal did not count due to a crease violation. Bates then successfully cleared the ball and scored on the ensuing possession to swing the pendulum in its direction with 25:54 still to play.
Connecticut College went ahead again when Heffrin netted a goal at 24:09, but Bates continued to come back and took its first lead when Camille Belletete finished a pass from Sydney Howard with 14:10 on the clock. The marker gave the visitors a 7-6 edge.
The Camels tried to counter and most notably had a golden opportunity to cut into a 9-7 deficit when goalie Eliza Statile committed a violation and was forced to leave the net empty for a Camel free position attempt. Corcoran's open look, however, was blocked by defender Allie Solms. The Bobcats then fought off having to compete a player down and got an insurance tally from Katie Allard with 1:11 remaining to seal the win.
Bates (7-5, NESCAC 2-5)was led by Sydney Howard and Allard. Howard set up four goals, picked up four ground balls and caused a turnover. Allard netted a hat trick, which included scoring three goals in the second half and a pair in the final 10 minutes. Statile made 12 saves between the pipes and played a role in limiting the Camels to just one goal on nine free position shots.
Connecticut College (3-8, NESCAC 0-7), which outshot its opponent by a 28-23 margin and had a 10-9 edge in draw controls, got strong contributions from Navoni and Heffrin. Navoni won nine of the game's 19 draws, scored three goals, picked up four ground balls, caused two turnovers and added an assist. Heffrin also tallied four points by scoring a goal and tallying three assists. Defensively, junior Erin Martin (Scituate, Mass.) caused five turnovers and scooped up three ground balls, and senior goalie Megan Mullin (Sudbury, Mass.) turned away seven shots.
The Camels will continue NESCAC play when they visit Amherst on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.