Field hockey nips USM to stay undefeated
Rachel Greenwood '09
Lindsey Ferguson '08
GORHAM, Maine -- The Bates College field hockey team remained unbeaten on Thursday after defeating the University of Southern Maine Huskies 2-1 in non-league play at Hodgdon Field. The loss was the first for the Huskies, dropping them to 3-1 on the season.
Southern Maine dominated the first half, forcing 11 penalty corners, including a series of six in a row. They also outshot the Bobcats 6-0 in the half. However, the Huskies were unable to capitalize on their scoring opportunities thanks to some key saves by Bates' first-year goaltender Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.).
Bates head coach Wynn Hohlt commented on her team’s inability to get anything going in the first half, saying, "We struggled going from the [artificial] turf to the grass today. It was certainly a factor in our play."
Bates managed to make some adjustments in the second half and struck first as senior forward Lindsey Ferguson (Barrington, R.I.) scored her first goal of the season three minutes into the half. Ferguson received a neatly played pass from junior forward Abby Childs (Philadelphia, Pa.) after Childs carried the ball into the circle before laying it off to Ferguson on the left side of the goal.
Five minutes later, Southern Maine came roaring back as sophomore forward India Lowe (Gloucester, Mass.) score her team-leading fifth goal of the season to tie the game 1-1 off of an assist from junior forward Caitlin Albert (Scarborough, Maine).
Bates' offense in particular perked up a notch in the second half. "The forwards came alive in the second half and played strongly,” said Hohlt. “We had much better offensive ball movement in the second half.”
Bates junior forward Rachel Greenwood (Williamstown, Mass.) capitalized on the ball movement when she rocketed home her first goal of the season and what turned out to be the game winner with 16 minutes left in the game. Greenwood received a beautiful pass from first-year forward Sema Kazarian (Providence, R.I.) in the center of the field and carried it into the circle on the right side of the field. When she crossed the circle, she cracked it on goal, knocking it inside the far post past USM sophomore goaltender Allie Hill (Cape Elizabeth, Maine).
McEnroe finished the game with five saves; while Hill made three saves in the losing effort.
Bates returns to action Saturday at home in their NESCAC opener against Amherst College at noon. Southern Maine plays at Western Connecticut State University on Saturday.