The Bates women’s lacrosse team ended their surprising 2013 season with a loss in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC championships on Saturday, falling to second-seeded Middlebury 16-7. Bates managed to pull off a respectable 4-6 NESCAC record after starting the year 0-3, and clinched the seventh seed in the playoffs.

The Lady Cats kept the score close for most of the first half, a far cry from their matchup with Middlebury earlier in the season.

The Panthers started fast, roaring out to a 6-1 lead with just under fifteen minutes remaining in the first half.

However, Bates wouldn’t go away, and fought back to cut into the deficit as the half wound down. Junior Blair Shrewsbury and freshman Emma Noto sandwiched goals around a Middlebury tally, and the lead was down to 7-3 with 5:09 remaining in the first half.

That was as close as the Bobcats would get; Middlebury answered with back-to-back goals of their own to push their halftime lead to 9-3.

After Bates freshman Moriah Greenstein scored on a free position shot early in the second half, Shrewsbury again found a way through the Panther defense, picking up a rebound and firing past Middlebury goalie Alyssa Palomba for her second goal of the day.

Unfortunately, the 10-5 score was as close as the Bobcats would get. Middlebury went on a 6-2 run the rest of the way, including a four-goal run to get to their final goal total.

Shrewsbury and fellow junior Wally Pierce each scored two goals to lead all Bates scorers, while senior captain Linnea Fulton had three draw controls, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers in her final college game.

Freshman goalie Hannah Jeffrey, the NESCAC saves leader, had 11 saves on the day, capping a stellar rookie season.

Although the Bobcats lose former All-NESCAC defender Linnea Fulton, the entire rest of the team will be back next season, when the women’s lacrosse team looks to continue their upward trajectory.