The Bates field hockey team's leading scorer in the 2011 season, Riley Kundtz '13, raised her steady level of play in Sunday's 3-2 loss at Babson, contributing to both of the Bobcats' goals in a strong effort against a tough opponent.
Kundtz (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), a team captain, tallied her ninth career goal just 23 seconds before halftime of the non-conference game, tipping a shot by junior Lexie Carter (Saco, Maine) into the net to tie the Beavers 1-1.
After Babson built a 3-1 lead in the second half, the Bobcats cut their deficit to 3-2 with 12 minutes to play, as junior Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) took a penalty corner entry pass from Kundtz on the left side of the circle and ripped a direct shot into the center of the cage for her third goal of the season.
Bates accepted the loss, as Babson rose to 7-2 on the season, but Kundtz's play helped the Bobcats show their competitiveness against high-quality opponents.