Katie McEnroe '11
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Bates College field hockey team suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to NESCAC foe Williams College on Saturday. Williams’ lone goal was scored with 23 minutes left in the game on a cross ball in front of the net. Williams senior midfielder Charlotte VanWagenen (Rye, N.Y.) dribbled up the right side of the field and crossed the ball to senior forward Katherine Krieg (Milwaukee, Wis.), who one-timed it into the net for the eventual game-winner.
Williams (6-3, 3-2 NESCAC) sustained offensive pressure for much of the first half, but was shut down by Bates’ (5-4-1, 2-4 NESCAC) defense, managing only three shots and few scoring opportunities. However, for the game, the Ephs had the statistical advantage, out-shooting the Bobcats 16-4 and earning 14 penalty corners to one for Bates. Nonetheless, Bates made it difficult for Williams to gain any clear scoring opportunities despite the numbers.
Bates had few scoring opportunities in the game, but the ones they did have were tremendous. In the first half, Bates hit the goalpost on a shot. After Williams sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Jones (Prairie Village, Kan.) dove to make a save, Bates senior forward Lindsey Ferguson (Barrington, R.I.) pulled the ball back from the goalie’s pads and flicked it up over her. Bates junior forward Emily Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.) was waiting on the opposite post and hit the ball while it was at about knee height in the air towards the goal. Sampson’s shot hit the post and deflected out towards the circle, where a Williams defender cleared it from Bates’ offensive zone.
The Bobcats had another terrific scoring opportunity in the second half when senior forward Erin Chandler (Thornton, Pa.) pulled away from the Williams defense on a breakaway. She dribbled straight at Williams goalkeeper Jones and pulled the ball right, shooting it off Jones’ right foot. However, Chandler just missed the net wide right.
Bates received a solid effort from first-year goaltender Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.) who made 11 saves. Jones made two saves to preserve the shutout.
Bates next plays at NESCAC opponent Wesleyan University Saturday at 11 a.m.