LEWISTON, Maine—Senior Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) and first-year Moriah Greenstein (Glenmont, N.Y.) each scored four times and Bates College opened the second half with a 7-1 run to pull away for a 16-10 victory over visiting Babson College in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Garcelon Field on Tuesday afternoon.
With its third straight win, Bates is now 4-1 overall, while Babson drops to 0-4 on the season.
Junior Rachel Secrist (Westford, Mass.) had four goals and one assist to go along with a team-high five draw controls for the Beavers. Senior Misha Beatty (Westwood, Mass.) had two goals, two assists and four draw controls, and sophomore McKenzie Tucci (Winchester, Mass.) added a pair of tallies.
Pierce and Greenstein both notched four goals, while senior Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) and sophomore Cara Cappellini (Manhasset, N.Y.) each scored twice for the Bobcats. Sophomore Kelan McCann (Shrewsbury, Mass.) had a game-high three assists and senior Soohee Yoon (Lexington, Mass.) had three groundballs and a game-high three caused turnovers.
Bates took a 3-0 lead at the 21:57 mark but the Green and White used back-to-back scores from Secrist and Beatty to pull within one just 33 seconds later. Tucci converted a feed from first-year Kiley Fischer (Marblehead, Mass.) to tie the game with 18:31 left in the stanza, and after a Greenstein tally, Farina and Secrist scored to help Babson grab a 5-4 edge with 9:45 to go in the half.
After the Bobcats struck for three of the next four goals to go back in front, Beatty notched her second marker of the half with 2:24 left in the period to tie the game at 7-7 after 30 minutes.
Bates took control of the game with three consecutive goals out of the break, including tallies from Pierce and Cappellini just 19 seconds apart, to surge ahead 10-7 just 2:36 into the stanza. Secrist stopped the spurt with her second score of the game at the 26:53 mark to pull the Beavers back within two, but the Bobcats followed with a decisive four-goal run that included a pair of tallies from Greenstein to take a 14-8 lead with 19:15 to go in the game.
Senior Julie Baharestani (Syosset, N.Y.) made eight saves for Babson, while sophomore Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) stopped 11 shots for Bates.
The Bobcats held a 34-25 edge in shots and a 22-17 advantage in groundballs for the game. The Beavers finished with 13 draw controls and both teams went 1-for-3 on free-position attempts.
Babson returns to action next Tuesday when it takes on Hamilton at 1 p.m. in Clermont, Fla., while Bates travels to Trinity on Saturday for a 12 p.m. start.
GAME NOTES: Babson is now 6-14 all-time against Bates…the Beavers are now 22-5 when scoring 10 goals or more since the start of the 2011 season…Secrist has four multi-goal games this season and has scored at least twice in seven of the last eight games going back to last season…with her first assist of the game today Beatty moved into 13th place all-time with 36 career assists.