Middlebury scored the game's first five goals on its way to a 15-7 win over Bates (6-6, 1-6) on Kohn Field. The fourth-ranked Panthers (9-2, 6-1) return to action next Saturday with a key NESCAC match-up at sixth-ranked Trinity. The Bobcats return to play on Tuesday when they host Tufts.
Bates got on the board at the 7:38 mark with a low-bounce shot from Allison Dewey. Mary O'Connell converted a feed from Carroll to put the Panthers on top, 6-1. The Bobcats responded with markers from Isabelle Paulus and Dewey, cutting the Middlebury advantage to 6-3 with 48 seconds left in the first session. The Panthers closed out the half when Bea Eppler found a cutting Smith with 12 seconds remaining for a 7-3 lead at the break.
Sara DiCenso opened the second half with a free-position goal for Middlebury, but Sydney Howard responded in the same manner to make it an 8-4 game at the 23:56 mark. Carroll netted her third of the contest on a free position while the Panthers had a player advantage. Bates would not go away, as Caroline Kerrigan and Camille Belletete scored, cutting the lead to 10-6 with 10:34 left to play.
Middlebury came back strong, scoring five goals in a 5:42 span to seal the game. Eppler and Smith netted the first two before Belletete earned Bates' final goal with 4:34 remaining. Carroll answered with a high shot into the net, before McDonagh scored the final two goals of the contest, making it 15-7.
Carroll finished with four goals and two assists, while McDonagh and Smith each scored three times. Smith added five ground balls and five caused turnovers in the game, Perticone won six draws, while Evie Keating scooped up five ground balls. Kate Furber picked up the win in goal, making eight saves. O'Connell's two points give her 209 for her career, tying her for seventh on the school's all-time list.
Dewey and Belletete each scored twice for Bates, as Dewey also earned four ground balls. Kaleigh Maguire finished with four draw controls, while Drew Barry caused four turnovers. Eliza Statile made eight saves between the pipes for the Bobcats.