Though Bates women’s lacrosse saw their season end in a 14-3 loss to top NESCAC seed Trinity in the conference semifinals, the Bobcats finished an incredible year with a 12-5 record and the second-most wins in program history, only behind the 1992 Bates team’s 14. The team also secured a spot on the NCAA Division III tournament.
Against Trinity, Bates never managed to take a lead, trailing 8-2 at halftime and never seriously threatening the Bantams. Despite that disappointing finish, Bates put together their best season in over 20 years thanks to the excellent play of attacker Moriah Greenstein ’16, goalie Hannah Jeffrey ’16, and a solid supporting cast. Greenstein concluded an outstanding Bates career with a 47-goal, 27-assist season, leading the team in both categories. Six other Bates players scored 10 or more goals, including senior Emma Brinkman and sophomore Allison Dewey (16 goals). Jeffrey recorded 143 saves (at a 58.1 save percentage) and allowed only 6.37 goals per game.
Bates started the season on fire, winning their first six games and narrowly dropping their first matchup against Trinity, 6-5. After an 8-6 loss at home to Colby in the regular season finale, the Bobcats beat the Mules 9-3 in the NESCAC quarterfinals, Greenstein topping the team with three goals.
It will be a challenge for Bates to replicate this season’s success next year, as they will lose several key seniors to graduation, including Brinkman, Greenstein, Jeffrey, Alex Briody, Cara Cappellini, and Kara Le, all of whom started every game this year.