Bates College scored six straight goals in the second half and the nationally ranked No. 21 Bobcats completed the 10-8 come-from-behind NESCAC victory over the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Steuben Field on Saturday afternoon.
Six of the Continentals' eight opponents so far this year were nationally ranked. Hamilton (4-4, 1-4 NESCAC) heads to Trinity College next weekend for a NESCAC game on Saturday, April 6 at noon.
Tatiana Bradley '19 led the Continentals with three goals and she added two ground balls. Charlotte Wynn '20 filled the stat sheet with two goals, one assist, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Skyler Simson '20 scored both of her goals in the first half. Tessa Ryan '21 scored once and won three draw controls, and Kara Pooley '19 had three draw controls, two ground balls, two caused turnovers and one assist.
Margaret Smith and her four goals and two assists guided Bates (7-3, 3-2). Summer Dias scored three times and chipped in one assist and two caused turnovers. Kathryn Grennon finished with two goals and one assist. Eliza Statile made six saves and picked up her fifth win between the pipes.
After more than 16 scoreless minutes, Bates struck first when Sydney Howard passed to Smith cutting towards the net and Smith fired the ball into the lower-left corner.
Less than two minutes later, Ryan converted a free-position shot and tied the score. Bates took its second lead at 10:03 on a free-position goal by Dias, but Hamilton outscored the visitors 4-1 in the final minutes of the opening half and held a 5-3 lead at the break. Wynn's free-position goal at 5:30 gave Hamilton a 3-2 lead, and the Continentals took the lead again with 1:54 remaining when Pooley fired a quick pass to Simson in front of the goal and Simson one-timed the ball into the nylon.
Bradley opened the second half with a woman-down goal at 22:28 and Hamilton had doubled up its opponents, 6-3. The Bobcats responded by scoring six unanswered goals from 21:10 to 9:01 for a 9-6 edge.
Wynn got Hamilton within 9-7 on a woman-up goal with 5:11 left. She gathered the ball at midfield, ran all the way to the Continentals' offensive third, ducked between two defenders, and fired a shot inside the back-left post.
Bradley completed the scoring with 66 seconds remaining after she knocked down a pass by a Bates defender deep in the Bobcats' zone. Bradley scooped up the loose ball, darted for the net, faked the goalie high and shoveled the ball into the opposite lower corner for the 25th goal of her career.