LEWISTON, Maine – In a game that came down to the final play, the Connecticut College women's lacrosse team was edged by No. 21 Bates, 11-10, at Garcelon Field on Saturday afternoon.
With a minute remaining and the Camels trailing by just one goal, sophomore Abbie Cronin (North Andover, Mass.) stole the ball away from Dana Swartz to give her team the last possession and a chance to tie the game. The visitors called a timeout to set up one final play, but the shot attempt by senior captain Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) with 17 seconds left was saved by Eliza Statile. The Bobcats were then able to run out the clock to escape with the victory.
Bates (8-4, NESCAC 4-3) got off to a hot start and built up a 5-1 lead in the opening 12 minutes, which was capped by a Margaret Smith free position goal with 18:08 left. The Camels, however, struck back with three unanswered by most notably having Navoni jumpstart the offense with two straight tallies. The momentum continued back-and-forth for the remainder of the half, as Bates responded with three consecutive goals and the Camels answered back with three of their own. Sophomore Hannah Lombard (Ipswich, Mass.) converted two free positions during the late stages of the frame, resulting in the Bobcats only taking a slim 8-7 advantage into recess.
The Camels were able to tie the game at 8-8 when freshman Kelly Wolin (Sudbury, Mass.) found Navoni at 28:50, but the visitors would be unable to get over the hump. Summer Dias and Smith scored back-to-back markers to make it 10-8, and the Bobcats would hold off one last comeback attempt by the Camels to escape with the win.
Dias scored four goals and added an assist to lead the way for Bates. Smith netted a hat trick, while Liv Sandford along with Anna Reaman finished with two caused turnovers apiece. Reaman also scooped up four ground balls, and Statile made 14 stops.
Lombard netted a game-high five goals to pace Connecticut College, which outshot their opponent, 33-29, won 14 of the 23 draw controls, and had a 20-19 edge in ground balls despite coming up just short on the scoreboard. Navoni won nine draw controls and tallied three goals, and sophomore goalie Nina Fazio (East Longmeadow, Mass.) redirected eight shots.
Connecticut College (3-8, NESCAC 0-7) will face another nationally-ranked opponent in the league when it welcomes No. 11 Amherst to Silfen Field on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.