Wesleyan 14, Bates 11
BATES WOMEN'S LAX DROPS SEASON OPENER, 14-11, AT WESLEYAN
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. The Bates College women's lacrosse team fell in its season and NESCAC opener today, 14-11, at Wesleyan.
Wesleyan (2-2, 1-1 NESCAC) scored the first two goals of the contest in the first 75 seconds, but Bates (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) answered back with four unanswered goals, including two by rookie Erica Nason (Concord, N.H.) and the first goal by senior Liz Coulson (Devon, Pa.) in more than a year. The Cardinals scored twice more to tie the game at 4-4 with 13:49 left in the first half, but the Bobcats answered with another four-goal run, punctuated by a Carrie Smith (Chevy Chase, Md.) goal on an assist by Coulson. Wesleyan's Rebecca Vogel scored eight seconds before the horn to make the score 8-5 Bates at the break.
Sophomore Catherine Crosby (Lincoln, Mass.) and Smith opened the scoring in the second stanza to give Bates a 10-5 lead with 24:44 remaining, but the Cardinal defense clamped down. Wesleyan held the Bobcats scoreless over the next 22 minutes while scoring nine unanswered goals, tying the game at 10-10 with 13:19 on the clock and taking the lead for good 45 seconds later. Smith scored her third goal of the game with 1:51 remaining, but the Bobcats could not get any closer as Wesleyan took the 14-11 decision.
Smith and Nason led the Bobcats with three goals each, while Wesleyan's Martina McPherson and Vogel scored four goals each to lead all players. Coulson had two assists to pace the visitors, while Erin Malone took game-high honors with five helpers. Jen Strahle (Ridgewood, N.J.) had 12 saves in the losing effort, while Meriel Darzen had 17 stops for the Cardinals.
Bates (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) 8 3 -- 11 Wesleyan (2-2, 1-1 NESCAC) 5 9 -- 14 Goals B: Erica Nason 3, Carrie Smith 3, Becky Castle 2, Liz Coulson, Lori Jessup, Catherine Crosby. W: Martine McPherson 4, Rebecca Vogel 4, Sarabeth Broder-Fingert 2, Vanessa Jones 2, Bernadette Doykos, Erin Malone. Assists B: Coulson 2, Crosby, Liz Lawler. W: Malone 5, Doykos 2, McPherson, Jones, Courtney Quirin. Goalies: B: Jen Strahle, 60 Min, 12 SV, 14 GA. W: Meriel Darzen, 60 Min, 17 SV, 11 GA.