WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Bates (7-1/3-1 NESCAC) defeated host Williams (4-4/2-2 NESCAC) 14-5 this afternoon on Farley-Lamb Field.
Bates entered the game off a loss at Trinity after opening the season with six straight wins. The Ephs had just returned from Florida where they posted a 2-1 record and came in off a win over Buffalo State.
The Ephs and Bobcats were tied with Hamilton in fourth place in NESCAC when the day began.
At 12:18 of the first half Teal Otley netted a free position goal and Bates took a 3-2 lead that they expanded to 4-2 at the half on a Drew Barry goal that was assisted by Moriah Greenstein at 4:29.
The Bobcats opened the second half with another three-goal splurge keyed by two goals by Moriah Greenstein and one by Alex Briody.
Williams registered back-to-back goals by Anne Rehfuss and a free position tally by Olivia Polk to narrow the Bates' lead to three at 7-4. Bates responded with seven consecutive goals over the next 12 minutes to boost their lead to 14-4. In that span Greenstein and Barry both scored twice.
Greenstein was the game-high scorer with five goals and she also recorded an assist, while Barry added three goals.
The five different players scored one goal each for the Ephs.
Bates won 13 of the 21 draw controls and out shot the Ephs 22 to 19.
Bates' goalie Hannah Jeffrey saved 15 of the Eph shots on goal to collect her seventh win of the season.
"We played a good first half, but we were not threatening enough with our shots," said Eph head coach Chris Mason. "In the second half when they got the lead we had to go out and try to win the ball back, but we don't want to get in that situation where we have to go out and win the ball back. We prefer to stay back and protect the goal."
Williams leads the all-time series with the Bobcats (31-8) and the Ephs had won the tow most recent meetings.