|Bates College||Middlebury College|
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Georgia Carroll scored four goals and dished out two assists to lead the No. 4 nationally ranked Middlebury Panthers to a 15-7 win over the Bates women’s lacrosse team Saturday afternoon.
Bates (6-6, 1-6 NESCAC) fell behind 5-0 in the first half.
The Panthers (9-2, 6-1 NESCAC) got on the board just over six minutes in when Carroll scored unassisted. Hollis Perticone, Emma McDonagh and Delaina Smith followed with goals of their own before Carroll scored again to make the score 5-0 in favor of the Panthers with 10:35 left in the first half.
With 7:38 remaining in the half, junior Allison Dewey (Vergennes, Vt.) got the Bobcats on the board with an unassisted goal. But Carroll found Mary O’Connell just over a minute later to extend the Panther lead to 6-1.
The Bobcats battled back down the stretch in the first half with a pair of goals. First-year Isabelle Paulus (Bath, Maine) tallied a goal with 4:39 remaining and with just 48 seconds to go in the half, Dewey found the back of the net for the second time, cutting the deficit to 6-3.
Unfortunately for Bates, the Panthers had another score in them before the halftime break. Bea Eppler connected with Smith with just 12 seconds to go, making the score 7-3 in favor of the Panthers at halftime.
Middlebury’s Sara DiCenso opened the scoring in the second half on a free position goal. Sophomore Sydney Howard (Ashland, Mass.) answered with a free position goal of her own, trimming the Middlebury lead to 8-4 with 23:56remaining.
The Panthers scored two straight goals to go up six before Bates tallied two straight goals of their own. With 12:23 remaining, first-year Caroline Kerrigan (Falls Church, Va.) notched her fifth goal of the season and junior Camille Belletete (Jaffrey, N.H.) found the back of the net to make the score 10-6 with 10:34 to go in the game.
But the Panthers scored five of the last six goals in the contest to take command late.
A Belletete goal with 4:34 left cut the deficit to 12-7 but that’s as close as Bates got down the stretch.