USM Falls to Bates in Season Opener 16-5

Senior Jacki Kelly (#6) scored a pair of goals for the Huskies in their season-opening loss at Bates.
Senior Jacki Kelly (#6) scored a pair of goals for the Huskies in their season-opening loss at Bates.

(Courtesy of Bates College Sports Information)

USM Falls to Bates in Season Opener 16-5

            LEWISTON, Maine – Senior Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) and sophomore Moriah Greenstein (Glenmont, N.Y.) each scored four goals to lead the Bates College women's lacrosse team past the University of Southern Maine, 16-5, in a non-conference women's lacrosse game on Tuesday at Garcelon Field.

            The Bobcats, now 2-1, scored the game's first four goals and built a lead as large as 12 goals over the Huskies, 0-1, in the visitors' season opener.  Southern Maine was originally scheduled to host the game, but officials moved the contest to Bates due to field conditions.

            Greenstein tallied a game-high seven points on her four goals and three assists while Pierce aided the hosts' cause with a game-high six draw controls. Senior Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) totaled four points on two goals and two assists while junior Kathy Yannopoulos (Simsbury, Conn.) chipped in a pair of goals.

            Senior Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) led USM with two goals, and first-year Lauren Lessard (Lewiston, Maine) and juniors Laura Fay (Falmouth, Maine) and Nicole LaPlante (South Portland, Maine) each netted one.

            The Bobcats held a 4-0 lead less than four minutes into the game after Pierce and Greenstein each found the back of the net twice.  Bates pushed its edge to 6-1 at the 17:22 mark off of goals from first-year Joanie Oates (Charlotte, N.C.) and sophomore Alex Briody (North Kingstown, R.I.).

            After two quick strikes from Kelly and Lessard cut the deficit to 6-3, the Bobcats responded by scoring four of the contest's next five goals to bring a 10-4 advantage into halftime. Sophomore Cara Cappellini (Manhasset, N.Y.), Greenstein, Shrewsbury, and Pierce provided the offense for the Bobcats during that stretch offsetting a goal by LaPlante.

            Bates registered six unanswered goals in the second half, including a goal from first-year Kaileigh Maguire (Sudbury, Mass.) with 23:09 left, to capture a lead as large as 16-4 with 44 seconds remaining. USM tacked on a goal by Fay with 27 seconds to go for the final.

            Sophomore goalie Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) stopped two shots in the first half to gain the win while junior Jill Conway (Andover, Mass.) made two saves in the second stanza.  USM senior Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) recorded five saves in the loss.

            Southern Maine is off until next Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) when it hosts Colby College.  Bates hosts Wesleyan University on Saturday (12:00 p.m.).