Women’s lacrosse comes from behind to top Wesleyan, 14-13
|Caroline Thomas ’09 scored six goals, including the game-winner with 16 seconds left.|
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Trailing 13-9 with 16:42 remaining in the second half, visiting Bates College scored the game’s final five goals, the last with :16 to go, to capture a 14-13 women’s lacrosse win at Wesleyan University.
Bates’ (4-2, 1-2 NESCAC) leading scorer, senior Caroline Thomas (Barrington, R.I.), put the finishing touches on her six-goal game by taking a pass from sophomore Abby Saucier (Yarmouth, Maine) on the left side and moving in to score on a high shot for the deciding goal. It was the 23rd goal of the season for Thomas.
Wesleyan (3-3, 1-2 NESCAC) controlled the ensuing draw and after a pair of Bates fouls, moved into the attacking zone for a final shot, but the attempt from long range was wide of the mark and time ran out.
The game featured three dramatic scoring streaks, two by the Bobcats and one by the Cardinals, as each team held a four-goal lead at one point in the contest.
After Wesleyan pulled ahead to a 2-0 lead, Bates rattled off six unanswered scores to hold a 6-2 margin midway through the first period. Thomas and junior Molly Radis (Peaks Island, Maine) each had a pair of goals during the stretch. Wesleyan cut the gap to 8-6 at halftime.
The opening goal of the second period belonged to Bates first-year Maggie Reilly (Wellesley, Mass.), but the next 11 minutes were all Wesleyan, as the Cardinals netted seven consecutive goals to assume a 13-9 advantage with 16:42 remaining. Junior Erin McCarthy had three of the seven to give her a career-high five goals in the contest. Sophomore Jess Chukwu scored twice during the run.
A goal by Thomas with 14:45 left ended Wesleyan’s dominance and turned momentum back toward the visitor. Wesleyan continued to get possessions but could not cash in while Bates took advantage its its chances. Bates first-year Caroline Pierce (Weston, Mass.) made it a 13-11 game at 9:35 and first-year Joan O’Neill (Westwood, Mass.) tallied at 8:06 to cut the margin to a lone goal. Almost six minutes later Pierce made a nice spin move on the left side to score over the shoulder of Wesleyan freshman keeper Maggie Drowica (five saves) to even the count at 13-13.
Wesleyan had two golden opportunities over the next minute to regain the lead by shots by Chukwu and senior Sarah Orkin, but both went wide left after good moves to get inside the Bobcat defense. Bates then forced a Wesleyan turnover in the final minute, as O’Neill knocked the ball free and sophomore Brianna Gross (Andover, Mass.) scooped up the ground ball for Bates. The Bobcats cleared the ball and set up for a final attack on the left side, resulting in Thomas’ game-winner.
Bates sophomore keeper Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) logged 10 saves in the game, seven of those in the second half.
Bates will be on the road against Babson on Wednesday at 7 p.m.