LEWISTON, Maine -- No. 9 nationally ranked Trinity College went on a 5-0 run early in the second half to pull away from the No. 21 Bates College women's lacrosse team by a score of 12-8 Saturday on Garcelon Field.
First-year attacker Lilliana Khosrowshahi scored her first three goals of the game in the decisive run, and added a fourth late in the game for the visiting Bantams (4-0, 2-0 NESCAC).
Bates (4-3, 1-2 NESCAC) and Trinity were tied 5-5 at the half, and the host Bobcats went 6-5 in the opening minute of the second half on an unassisted goal by sophomore Margaret Smith (Wilton, Conn.), for their fifth one-goal lead of the game.
Khosrowshahi tied the game at 6-6 with 27:55 to go in the game, on a counter-attack after goalie Gabriella Young stopped a free-position shot by Bates sophomore Summer Dias (Newton, Mass.). The Bantams went up 7-6, their first lead since 3-2, with 26:52 left, as Sophie Berger fed Sydney Bell to capitalize on a Bates turnover.
Trinity added two more goals in rapid succession, by Ashley Turnbull at the 25:33 mark for the first two-goal lead in the game by either side, and by Khosrowshahi with 24:40 to go, on an assist by Kendall Milligan. Bell assisted Khosrowshahi to make it a 10-6 Trinity lead with 17:06 to go in the game.
Smith ended Trinity's run with a quick dodge in front that freed up her right hand for the putaway. The Bobcats made it a two-goal game at 10:59, as sophomore Kathryn Grennon's (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) free-position shot was blocked but picked up and knocked in by sophomore Elsbeth Caulo (Amherst, N.H.). Bates won the ensuing draw but missed a pair of shots, with Dias hitting the crossbar.
Both Young and Bates senior goalie Eliza Statile (Ipswich, Mass.) saved free-position shots to keep it a two-goal game, and Statile made another save on Ellie Kirkpatrick, before Khosrowshahi earned and converted on an 8-meter shot. The Bantams won three straight free-position attempts before pulling back ahead by four, at 12-8, as Berger scored with 4:28 to go.
Smith got off two more shots for the Bobcats over the final four minutes but couldn't cut back into the Trinity lead.
Berger scored three times and added an assist for Trinity, while Bell contributed two goals and two assists and Milligan added one score and one assist. Mary French caused three Bates turnovers for the Bantams, and Young made five saves against eight goals allowed.
Sophomore Rachael Deptula (Durham, N.H.) played the first half in goal for Bates and made three saves. Statile made five saves in the second half.
Smith scored a team-high three goals for Bates, and junior Avery MacMullen (New Haven, Conn.) added a goal and an assist. Junior Liv Sandford (Kennebunk, Maine) led all players with seven draw controls, and both junior Isabelle Paulus (Bath, Maine) and Dias caused two Trinity turnovers.
Bates will stay at home Monday at 5:30pm to host St. Joseph's College of Maine in a non-conference game. Trinity will play Denison Tuesday at 4:30 in Englewood, Fla.