|Date and Time:||04/22/2008, 7:00PM|
LEWISTON, Maine - Bates sophomore Molly Radis and junior Caroline Thomas both scored three goals with two assists to lead the Bobcats to an 11-8 NESCAC victory over No. 14 Bowdoin College Tuesday night at Campus Avenue Field. It is Bates' first women's lacrosse victory over Bowdoin dating back to 1993, breaking a 14-game winning streak by the Polar Bears over their Lewiston rivals.
It was the second victory over a ranked opponent this season for Bates, which raised its record back over the .500 mark at 7-6 and improved to 3-5 in NESCAC play. Bowdoin drops to 8-6 overall and into a tie with Bates at sixth place in the conference standings at 3-5.
First-year goalie Mara Krueger made 11 saves in earning the win; Bowdoin junior goalie Steph Collins-Finn stopped eight shots for the Polar Bears.
Junior Lindsay McNamara and junior Christina Denitzio scored two goals apiece for Bowdoin, as did first-year Briana Gross for Bates. Bowdoin got out to a 2-0 lead in the opening four minutes, as junior Libby Barton assisted on goals by first-year Katy Dissinger and McNamara.
Bates charged back with four unanswered goals, by senior Molly Wagner, Thomas, sophomore Molly Dilworth and first-year Emily Howe to take a 4-2 lead halfway through the first period, prompting a Bowdoin timeout. Bowdoin senior Ali Draudt closed it to 4-3 with an unassisted tally in the 19th minutes, but Bates answered with a 3-0 spurt over four minutes on goals by Thomas, Gross and Radis for a 7-3 lead. Bowdoin snuck back into the game with a pair of goals by sophomore Ashley Peterson and Denitzio in the final 12 seconds of the first half, closing the gap to 7-5 at the break.
Radis broke the momentum to start the second half, with her second unassisted tally of the game, freezing a Polar Bear defender, getting past her and firing into the upper cage. McNamara's second goal of the game closed it back to two, at 8-6, but Radis answered with her third straight unassisted goal in the 37th minute, followed by a determined drive and goal by Thomas in the 44th minute to make it 10-7.
The Bobcats got some breathing room with under eight minutes to play when Radis scooped a rebound off a Collins-Finn save behind the net and looped a pass over the top of the net to Gross, who fell forward while flipping the ball into the back of the net for her second goal of the game and an 11-7 lead. Denitzio scored a free-position goal with 1:01 to play on the only free-position attempt by either team in the game to close the gap to 11-8, the Polar Bears' only goal in the final 20 minutes of the game. But Bowdoin couldn't close the gap any further in the final minute as Bates held on for the win.