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April 4, 2019 — One Wednesday in the best D-3 women’s lacrosse conference

Last night, at around the dinner hour, you had some of the best lacrosse in America on display.

That’s because the New England Small College Athletic Conference showcased Bowdoin vs. Bates, Trinity vs. Connecticut College, Tufts vs. Williams, and Amherst vs. Wesleyan.

It was Wesleyan-Amherst that showed itself to be the Game of the Night, as Wesleyan got an overtime goal from Sydney Prokupek to take an 11-10 win. Wesleyan moved to 9-1 on the season, while Amherst dropped its second straight.

The team effort of the evening had to have been Connecticut College. Down 10-2 at the half to Trinity, the Camels mounted an enormous second-half comeback and got to within 13-10 with about two minutes to go. However, the Bantams were able to win the next draw and score to make the final score 14-10.

Williams, which will be taking on Amherst this weekend, lost a tough one to league-leading Tufts by a 21-13 count. The Jumbos were led by Collette Smith (five goals), Emily Games (four) and Anna Clarke (three).

Bowdoin, which has been mired in mid-table since a couple of early league defeats, scored the first 11 goals of their CBB derby match with Bates in a 14-2 victory. The Polar Bears are a side which has plenty of tools and a much more national reach in terms of its roster, boasting players from Vero Beach (Fla.), Lakeville Hotchkiss (Conn.), Dallas Hockaday (Tex.), and a starting goalkeeper from Rosslyn Hoffman-Boston/Woodlawn (Va.), an alternative high school which doesn’t have varsity lacrosse.

All in all, an interesting evening. And if Division III is this good, why not check out a college lacrosse game in your town?

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