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Field hockey downs Babson 3-1 in season opener

Caitlin Tamposi '08

Emily Sampson '09

Helena Turner '10

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College field hockey team opened its 2007 season with a 3-1 victory against the visiting Babson College Beavers on Saturday, as senior midfielder Caitlin Tamposi and junior forward Emily Sampson each notched a goal and an assist in the winning effort.

Bates scored first 18 minutes into the game when Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.) was initially denied on her first shot from the top of the circle. However, the ball rebounded to Tamposi (Temple, N.H.) on the right side and she collected it and crossed it to a charging Sampson, who hammered it into the back of the goal cage.

Babson (0-4) answered with just 37.8 seconds remaining in the first half, when a hard shot from Sarah Fredlund outside of the circle was tipped by a streaking Erin Campbell past Bates goaltender Helena Turner (Manchester, Mass.). Bates responded by forcing two penalty corners with no time left in the half, but could not convert.

Tied 1-1 at the half, the Bobcats looked to clean up their play and put more pressure on Babson’s defense. In the first half the Bobcats were out shot 19-8, but Bates goaltender Turner made some impressive saves to keep the game tied.  Turner would finish with 13 saves in her starting debut.

Twenty minutes through the second half, Bates went ahead for good on a goal off of a penalty corner. Sophomore defender Sammy Rothkopf (Chicago, Ill.) ripped a direct shot on goal but Babson defender Michele Farley made an extraordinary defensive save. The rebound was again collected by Tamposi, who this time slammed it home herself to put the Bobcats up 2-1.

“The team looked jittery out there in the first half,” said Bates head coach Wynn Hohlt, “but they settled down a bit in the second half and were able to put some pressure on Babson’s defense and score goals.”

With five minutes left, Bates indeed took some of the pressure off themselves with a beautiful insurance goal from junior forward Abby Childs (Philadelphia, Pa.). The Bobcats managed to connect on three textbook passes off of a free hit in their defensive end to finish off the scoring. Sampson received a leading pass from junior forward Rachel Greenwood (Williamstown, Mass.) up the right side of the field and hit a hard cross ball that Childs redirected skillfully into the goal.

Bates is scheduled to play Skidmore College tomorrow at noon; Babson will play at Simmons on Tuesday evening.

BOX SCORE: Bates 3, Babson 1