Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore attacker Kelan McCann (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scored two goals and classmate Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) made 12 saves in goal to lead the visiting Bates College Bobcats to a 6-3 shocking upset win over the No. 2-ranked Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women’s lacrosse action this afternoon on Sheppard Field. Trinity falls to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the NESCAC with its first regular-season loss since a 7-6 setback to Amherst on April 25, 2012 (18 games). Bates improves to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the league with its fourth consecutive victory and its first win over the Bantams since 2005, a streak of 10 games.
Bates opened up a 3-0 lead over the first 10 minutes, beginning with a quick catch-and-shoot by sophomore attacker Moriah Greenstein (Glenmont, N.Y.) from senior attacker Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) 2:48 into the contest. With 22:31 remaining, Meedzan fed McCann for a second Bobcat goal after a Trinity turnover, and Bates senior attacker Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) scored from the left wing after a pass ahead by sophomore midfielder Cara Cappelini (Manhasset, N.Y.) with 20:53 on the clock.
Trinity senior tri-captain attacker Kathleen Timmons (Branford, Conn.) scored the first of her two free-position goals to put the home team on the board with 19:08 left in the first half. Jeffrey made a pair of saves on close chances, one by Timmons on a free position and another against junior midfielder Lindsay Mullaney (Wellesley, Mass.), over the next 10 minutes before Meedzan scored for Bates on a free-position shot with 8:58 left before the break. Bantam senior tri-captain Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, Mass.) nearly cut the Bobcat lead in half twice in the final minutes, but Jeffrey saved her high shot on a free position and a second Kusiak bid caromed off the right post.
Trailing, 4-1, at intermission, Trinity yielded a quick goal in the second stanza, when Bobcat senior tri-captain midfielder Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) converted on a free position 17 seconds after halftime. Timmons returned the favor at the 24:03 mark of the second half with a man-up goal, and Kusiak flipped in a quick underhanded goal by Jeffrey from 15 feet away to pull the Bantams back within two goals at 5-3 with 10:27 left to play. The score remained the same for over seven minutes until McCann received a pass over the goal by Greenstein and shot immediately into an open Bantam goal with sophomore keeper Emily Mooney (New York, N.Y.) out putting extra pressure on the ball. Trinity forced two Bates turnovers in the final 1:30, but the Bobcats took the ball back on a Bantam turnover each time to preserve the win.
Trinity sophomore midfielder Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) picked up a game-high four ground balls and added two draw controls and two caused turnovers, while junior midfielder Caroline Hayes (Greenfield, N.H.) added a game-high three caused turnovers, and Mooney finished with two saves. Pierce led both teams with four draw controls, while Cappellini had two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Trinity outshot the Bobcats, 24-10, held a 15-to-10 edge on ground balls, and forced 24 Bobcat turnovers while committing 14.