WATERVILLE, Maine -- Kendall Smith exploded for five second-half goals on the way to scoring six goals on the day to lift the sixth-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team to a 12-9 win over Bates College in NESCAC play Wednesday.
The Mules, though, will have at least one playoff game on Bill Alfond Field on Saturday when fourth-seeded Colby plays host to fifth-seeded Wesleyan University in a NESCAC quarterfinal game at noon.
After Colby and Bates battled to a 4-4 halftime tie, Smith scored five goals in the opening 10:38 of the second half to put the Mules up 9-6. She had two straight unassisted goals and then got her third from Emilie Klein for a 7-4 margin with 24:05 remaining.
Allison Dewey connected on a free-position shot for the Bobcats with 16:04 to play in the game. Bates had its best chance for a comeback over the next six minutes, but could not manage a goal to cut the margin to one.
Bates did score the final two goals and had a few opportunities to cut the lead to two goals. Teal Otley tallied from Sydney Cowles with 4:11 remaining and Joanie Oates had the final goal of the game on a free-position shot with 2:50 left.
Smith's six goals put her at 37 goals and five assists for 42 points this season. Fritts added two goals and two assists and also has 37 goals and five assists.
Izzy Scribano made seven of her 10 saves in the first half for the Mules. Emilie Klein, the NESCAC Player of the Week for last week, had one assist, three caused turnovers, one draw control, and one ground ball. Bready added two draw controls, two ground balls, and one caused turnover. Crowell also contributed three draw controls, while Melinda Edie and Celeste Murtha both had two ground balls and one draw control.
2017 NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship
Saturday, April 29 at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Amherst at No. 1 Middlebury – 12 p.m.
No. 7 Bowdoin at No. 2 Hamilton – 12 p.m.
No. 6 Tufts at No. 3 Trinity – 12 p.m.
No. 5 Wesleyan at No. 4 Colby – 12 p.m.
Saturday, May 6 at Highest Remaining Seed
Semifinal Games – 12 p.m./2:30 p.m.
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Round Winners
Sunday, May 7 at Semifinal Site
Final – 1 p.m.