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Bobcats pounce on Eagles in field hockey, 3-1

Rachel Greenwood '09

Lindsey Ferguson '08

Emily Sampson '09

LEWISTON, Maine -- In non-conference action Wednesday night, under the lights on Campus Avenue Field, the Bates College field hockey team defeated Husson College in convincing fashion. Despite the 3-1 final score, the Bobcats unleashed some impressive offensive pressure throughout the game.

The Bobcats scored all three of their goals in the first half, converting two goals on penalty corners. Bates earned 16 penalty corners in the game to Husson’s two.

Eleven minutes into the game, Bates finally broke through with a goal from junior forward Rachel Greenwood (Williamstown, Mass.). After a long series of offensive pressure, Bates earned one of their nine first-half penalty corners. The ball was inserted to defender sophomore Sammy Rothkopf (Chicago, Ill.) at the top of the circle, where she drilled the ball on net. Greenwood, who was settled in front of the net, got a stick on the shot, tipping it past Husson senior goaltender Kelly Bocchino (Vassalboro, Maine).

Bates continued its consistent offensive pressure, missing numerous opportunities to widen the scoring margin over the next 10 minutes. Again, it took a penalty corner to help the Bobcats tally their second goal. With 13:17 left in the half, senior forward Lindsey Ferguson (Barrington, R.I.) tipped a shot from junior midfielder Rachel Gardner (McLean, Va.) on a penalty corner. The Bobcats executed the penalty corner beautifully, with the ball being sent up to the top, where Rothkopf slipped it left to Gardner, who took a hard shot on goal. Ferguson was set up on the near post and tipped it in to put the Bobcats up 2-0.

Bates’ dominance continued in the form of another goal three minutes later, when junior forward Emily Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.) converted a pass from first-year forward Sema Kazarian (Providence, R.I.). Kazarian passed the ball across the circle, where Sampson smacked it into the back of the net to put the Bobcats up 3-0. That would be the last goal the Bobcats would score for the rest of the first half and the rest of the game, despite taking 46 shots.

The second half proved to be a bit frustrating for Bates. The Bobcats recorded seven penalty corners and 21 shots in the second half, but no goals. Additionally, with 24 seconds left, Husson took advantage of a Bates misplay, finding a wide-open player behind the Bates defense for a one on goalie breakaway. Husson junior forward Erica Dorso (Farmingdale, Maine) made a nice pass up the middle to find her sister, sophomore forward Elisha Dorso (Farmingdale, Maine) set up behind the Bates defense. Elisha Dorso took off with the ball for a one-on-goalie breakaway. Bates first-year goaltender Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.) came out to meet Dorso, but was beaten to her left by a well-placed shot.

Bates sophomore goaltender Helena Turner (Manchester, Mass.) made three saves in the first half, while McEnroe faced the one shot. Husson’s Bocchino ended the game with 14 saves.

Bates next face NESCAC opponent Williams College this Saturday at 12 p.m. Husson resumes conference play hosting Wheelock College on Saturday at 1 p.m.

BOX SCORE: Bates 3, Husson 1