MEDFORD, Mass. -- Gabby Horner scored the game-tying goal late in regulation and twice more in the overtime periods giving No. 17 Tufts a dramatic 11-9 win in double overtime against No. 15 Bates on a rainy, windy afternoon at Bello Field.
The visiting Bobcats (7-6, 3-5 NESCAC) scored three times in the first 47 seconds of the game and looked like they would run away with it. However, the Jumbos were able to overcome their poor start. Though they trailed until Horner's goal tied the score at 9-9 with 6:58 remaining in the second half, they were able to complete the comeback and improve to 8-5 overall and 4-4 in the league.
After Horner's goal tied the score, Bates would get a final possession after a Tufts turnover with two minutes remaining in regulation. Following a Bobcat time-out, they played for a last shot. However, Tufts junior goalie Rachel Gallimore made the stop on an attempt by Blair Shrewbury and the contest went to overtime.
Senior Eliza Halmo won the opening overtime draw control, leading to a free-position score by Horner at 1:45. That gave Tufts its first lead at 10-9. The Jumbos won the draw again, this time by junior Emily Wright, and ran out the first overtime clock.
Tufts made it three for three on overtime draws as sophomore Brigid Bowser won the next. The hosts did an excellent job maintaining possession and then Horner found an opening and scored with 37 seconds remaining to put Tufts up two. Bates' Wally Pierce controlled the ensuing draw, but the Bobcats turned the ball over to end the game.
Horner led the Jumbos with four goals. Halmo finished with three and Bowser tallied two. Wright was strong defensively with four caused turnovers and four ground balls while also grabbing three draw controls. Gallimore finished with three saves.
Two goals apiece by Noto and Pierce led Bates, while Pierce was dominant on draw controls with nine wins. Melanie Watson caused two turnovers and Aly Dowey took three groundballs. Sophomore goalie Hannah Jeffrey made seven saves.
Noto scored twice and Shrewsbury had the other as Bates stormed to an early 3-0 lead. However, Bowser, Horner and Caroline Ross had three of the next four goals for Tufts to pull them within 4-3 at the 20-minute mark.
The teams would go back-and-forth from there. Pierce assisted and scored the next two goals for a 6-3 Bates advantage, but Tufts twice was able to narrow the margin to one. The last goal of the first half by junior Lindsey Walker at 12:57 made it a 6-5 game, and then Halmo pulled the Jumbos within 7-6 early in the second half.
Bates got the next two including Cara Cappellini's goal at 15:36 making it 9-6 Bobcats, but that would be their last goal of the game. Halmo netted the next two for Tufts on free-position shots leading up to Horner's game-tying goal.
Tufts finished with a wide 25-13 advantage on shots and groundballs were even 13-13.