The Bates women’s lacrosse team fought hard in their first round playoff matchup against the No. 2 ranked Trinity Bantams, but ultimately could not muster up the same magic that allowed them to upset the Bantams earlier in the season, falling 12-7. Previously, on March 15th, the Bobcats had pulled off a stunning 6-3 win over Trinity, utilizing spectacular goaltending from sophomore Hannah Jeffries as well as timely scoring by the offense.
Last Saturday, however, the Bantams did not take the Bobcats lightly, preventing Bates from jumping out to any big leads. The game began with the two teams playing evenly, with Bates sophomore attack Alex Briody and senior attack Blair Shrewsbury providing early goals en route to a 2-2 tie halfway through the first half.
With fifteen minutes remaining in the half, the Bantams rattled off five unanswered goals in a ten-minute span, capitalizing on faceoff opportunities and free position shots to build a 7-2 lead. Sophomore midfielder Cara Cappellini and senior midfielder Bridget Meedzan got Bates back in the game with goals just prior to halftime, and the Bobcats went into the half down 8-4.
Unfortunately, Bates was unable to overcome the deficit in the second half, producing only three more goals while allowing the Bantams to score four. The Bobcats excelled in taking advantage of Trinity’s mistakes, with sophomore midfielder Emma Noto, first-year midfielder Kaileigh Maguire, and Bridget Meedzan all scoring on free-position shots. However, Bates’ set plays were frustrated again and again, and the Bobcats could not generate significant momentum.
Despite the loss, there were many bright spots for Bates all over the field. Hannah Jeffries again played well, tallying six saves and three ground balls. Furthermore, senior defenders Melanie Watson, SooHee Yoon and Cat Dioli did well in limiting the opportunities for a potent Trinity offense.
While not as successful as they had hoped, the season was not a lost one for the Bobcats. The team earned a respectable 8-8 overall record, going 4-6 in NESCAC play. Given one-goal losses to Williams and Bowdoin, as well as an overtime loss to Tufts, their record could have easily been much higher.
Unfortunately, Bates will lose a deep and talented senior class to graduation, with top producers at every position. The good news is that there is still a wealth of talent amongst the younger players on the team, highlighted by Jeffries, Cappellini, sophomore attack Moriah Greenstein (who led the team with 48 points), and Junior defender Aly Dowey.