WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams (3-4/1-3 NESCAC) scored five of the first six goals of the second half to take 9-5 lead on Bates (5-3/1-3 NESCAC) only to see the Bobcats respond by scoring six goals in a row from 17:32 to 8:05 and Bates went on to claim an 11-10 win.
The first half saw the two teams alternate scoring goals with Williams netting the first goal of the game and Bates notching the last goal of the first half to tie the game at 4.
Bates goalie Eliza Statile stopped four Eph free position attempts in the first half and allowed just one Eph free position score by Emma Tenbarge. Tenbarge was the lone Williams player to score more than one goal in the first half as she tallied two.
The Bobcats' Allison Dewey scored two goals in the first half, but it was a goal by Avery Prince with her back to the goal with just 33 seconds left in the first half that knotted the score at 4.
The first portion of the second half belonged to Williams as the Ephs out scored the Bobcats 5-1 in the first 9:14 with Kara Wollmers netting two goals in that run. A Wollmers' goal set up by a feed from Caroline Hogan at 20:46 gave Williams the 9-5 lead.
Bates responded just over three minutes later when Summer Dias scored on a free position opportunity, which began the run of six straight goals by the Bobcats.
Teal Otley scored two of the six straight Bobcats' goals, but it was a goal by Katie Allard assisted by Margaret Smith that proved to be the game-winner at 8:05, giving the Bobcats an 11-9 advantage..
The Ephs' Olivia Gomez scored unassisted with 3:48 remaining to narrow the Bates lead to one, 11-10.
Bates had possession off the ensuing draw control and soon after head coach Brett Allen called timeout. Williams, however, forced a turnover with 28 seconds remaining, but Claire Fitzpatrick's high shot was denied by goalie Eliza Statile with three seconds remaining and preserved the win for the visitors.
Dewey, Allard and Otley each scored two goals for led Bates, while Annie Duke contributed three assists.
The Bobcats' Eliza Statile stopped 14 shots by Williams and allowed 10 goals. Eph netminder, Kami Cisneros, made one save in 54:50 and allowed 11 goals and Ana Alvarenga played the final 5:10 and made one save and did not allow a goal.
"I thought our defense played well and won the ball back for us a number of times, but we need to do better with our decision making," said Eph head coach Alice Lee.
The Ephs will next be in action on Thursday when they travel to play at Union College in a 3:00 PM contest.