The women’s lacrosse team was narrowly defeated by No.18 nationally ranked Wesleyan University on Saturday, March 10. With 11 minutes left on the clock, the Cardinals pulled away from a 6-6 tie to defeat the Bobcats 9-7.

Before the game against Wesleyan, the team had a great start to the season with 3 wins and 1 loss. Therefore, they won’t let this loss ruin their momentum.

The important thing to do to keep our momentum going is to stay strong mentally,” says senior captain Allison Dewey ’18. “If we go into a game with the mental state that we are going to win and play our best, then we will do just that. As our assistant coach always says, lacrosse is 80% mental and 20% physical.”

Annie Duke ’18 led Bates with 3 goals and attacker Katie Allard ’19 led the Bobcats with three caused turnovers.

At the 26:01 mark, Wesleyan scored the first goal from a shot at the left wing by Caitlin Wood. Bates quickly tied the game as Avery MacMullen ’20 drew a foul allowing a rare open net free position attempt to score a goal at the 24:13 mark.

Goalie Eliza Statile ’19 intercepted a Wesleyan pass and set up a goal for Duke who took a great opportunity of a 1-on-1 dodge with a shot from the left wing to give Bates a 2-1 lead.

Soon after, Camille Belletete ’18 was able to find Duke in an open spot in the middle of Wesleyan’s defense line where Duke dodged a defender and shot to give Bates a 3-1 lead.

In the final 40 seconds of the first half, Wesleyan responded with two quick goals to tie the game 3-3 with goals scored by Cardinals Manning and Horst. At the start of the second half, Bates was able to retake the lead when Liv Sandford ’20 dribbled over the line to score a goal.

Wesleyan’s Gretsky finished a strong wrap around move to tie the game 4-4 and quickly Horst won a free position shot from a foul giving Wesleyan the 5-4 lead.

Bates was able to fight back to tie the game 6-6 with back-to-back goals by Duke and Teal Oatley ’20. This was possible with the tremendous teamwork shown by the team.

“Our team has become very close over the past few months since the start of the school year in September,” says Dewey. “In our eyes, this is the closest our team has ever felt. We consider each and every one of our teammates our closest friends and I think that is definitely a contributor to our success on the field.”

In the final 11 minutes of the game, the Cardinals dominated, controlled, and seized all of their opportunities giving them the lead 9-7 to win the game.

With another game coming up against Saint Joseph’s on March 13, the team is hoping to come out with a win to add another win to their record and continue their great momentum. To do this Dewey explains, “We will have to play the game we know how to play and continue to work as a unit. We are optimistic that we will come out strong if we do exactly this.”