No. 6 Tufts pulls away late to defeat women's lacrosse 14-9

Teal Otley scored a team-high three goals on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at No. 6 nationally ranked Tufts. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

MEDFORD, Mass. -- The Bates women's lacrosse team did not back down in a 14-9 loss to No. 6 nationally ranked Tufts University Tuesday night. 

The Bobcats (7-6, 2-6 NESCAC) found themselves down 9-4 at halftime. But they opened the second half by scoring five of the first six goals to cut the Tufts lead to 10-9. Senior Teal Otley (Cumberland, Maine) got the rally going with an unassisted tally with 28:35 remaining in regulation. She followed that up with a free position goal to trim the deficit to 9-6. Then first-year Summer Dias (West Newton, Mass.) found the back of the net on an assist from junior Katie Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) with 24:10 left, cutting the Tufts lead to two goals.

Emily Games responded with the first of her three second half goals to make the score 10-7 in favor of Tufts with 22:26 left. Then sophomore Avery MacMullen (New Haven, Conn.) connected with junior Sydney Howard (New Haven, Conn.) a little more than four minutes later and three minutes after that senior captain Allison Dewey (Vergennes, Vt.) found Allard and Bates was within one with 15:09 remaining in the contest.

But the Jumbos (11-2, 7-1) NESCAC scored the final four goals of regulation to secure the victory. 

Tufts never trailed in the game. The Jumbos went up 1-0 early on a Dakota Adamec goal with an assist to Games. Adamec scored a game-high five goals to pace Tufts. She and Games both dished out a game-high two assists each. 

Senior captain Camille Belletete (Jaffrey, N.H.) tied the game at one on an unassisted tally with 27:13 left in the first half. But Caroline Nowak scored less than a minute later to give Tufts the lead for good. 

An Otley goal with 14:53 left in the half trimmed the deficit to 4-3 before the Jumbos scored five straight times to go up 9-3 with 2:17 left in the half. Dewey scored right before halftime to make the score 9-4 in favor of Tufts. 

Dewey turned in a very balanced performance, tallying a goal, an assist, a team-high three draw controls and a game-high three caused turnovers. Meanwhile Otley paced Bates with three goals and Howard added two of her own.

The biggest difference in the game turned out to be draw controls. Tufts won 18 draw controls compared to seven for Bates. Lily Baldwin recorded a remarkable 11 draw controls for the Jumbos.

Junior goalkeeper Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.) made 12 saves for Bates between the pipes while Tufts' Audrey Evers made five saves. Tufts outshot Bates 32-21 on the evening. The Bobcats won the ground ball battle 15-14. Statile recorded a game-high four ground balls to go along with her 12 saves.

The Bobcats are back in action this Saturday when they host No. 4 nationally ranked Amherst at noon.