Bates Holds Off Southern Maine 18-11

Freshman Sarah Pelligrinelli had three goals for USM against Bates on Thursday.
Freshman Sarah Pelligrinelli had three goals for USM against Bates on Thursday.

(With contributions from Bates College Sports Information)

Bates Holds Off Southern Maine 18-11

            LEWISTON, Maine -- Freshman Moriah Greenstein (Glenmont, N.Y.) had six points on a goal and five assists as the Bates College Bobcats raced out to an 8-0 lead in the opening 21 minutes, then held off a rally by the University of Southern Maine Huskies en route to an 18-11 non-conference victory in women's lacrosse action Thursday at Garcelon Field.

            The win was the second straight, and third in the last four games, for the Bobcats, and leveled their overall record at 6-6.  The Huskies had their two-game winning streak stopped and are now 9-5 on the season.

            Junior Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) scored four goals to go with one assist, and junior SooHee Yoon (Lexington, Mass.) added a career-high three goals for Bates.  Both players also had three draw controls apiece.  Rookie goalie Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) started and made two saves before departing with an 8-0 lead in the 21st minute. Sophomore Jill Conway (Andover, Mass.) saw her most extensive playing time in net and turned away 11 shots in the final 39:43 of the game.

            For Southern Maine, junior Jenna Cyr (Limerick, Maine), freshman Sarah Pelligrinelli (Southington, Conn.) and junior Rosie Forster (Andover, Mass.) combined for nine goals, with Cyr scoring four, Pelligrinelli adding three and Forster coming up with two. Forster led all players with five caused turnovers and five ground balls.  Junior goalie Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) made seven saves, including six in the first half.

            Bates looked like it would make the game a blowout racing to an 8-0 lead.  Pierce, Yoon and freshman Emma Brinkman (Rye, N.Y.) each scored twice for the Bobcats.

            The Huskies cut into the deficit over the final seven minutes of the first half outscoring the Bobcats 4-2.  Sophomore Nicole LaPlante (South Portland, Maine) netted the Huskies' first goal followed by goals from Forster and Cyr.  After two Bates' goals, Cyr scored her second marker to make it 10-4 at the intermission.

            The Huskies kept cutting in the Bobcats lead throughout the second half.  A 5-1 run, highlighted by Pelligrinelli's three goals, pulled the Huskies within three (13-10) with 6:18 to play, but that would be as close at Huskies would get to the Bobcats.

            Greenstein kick started the Bates offense again with her lone goal 29 seconds later, and Bates would outscore USM 5-1 over the final six minutes to account for the final tally.

            Southern Maine returns home on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for its final regular season home game against Little East Conference foe Eastern Connecticut State University.  Bates will play its regular season home finale on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) hosting Connecticut State for a NESCAC game.