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Field hockey ties up No. 18 Skidmore 1-1 before game is called

Erin Chandler '08

Abby Childs '09

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College field hockey team wrapped up its opening weekend by tying No. 18 nationally ranked Skidmore on Sunday in the heavy rain at Campus Avenue Field, but the game was called at the end of regulation, due to excessive water on the field.

The host Bobcats stay unbeaten at 1-0-1, as do the visiting Thoroughbreds (2-0-1).

The Bobcats wasted no time with senior forward Erin Chandler (Thornton, Pa.) scoring her first goal of the season just over two minutes into the game. Chandler received a perfect pass into the circle from junior forward Abby Childs (Philadelphia, Pa.) and took it one-on-one against Skidmore goalkeeper Liz Catinella (Sudbury, Mass.), beating her with a shot inside the near post.

For the ensuing 15 minutes, the two teams battled back and forth, threatening in each other’s defensive ends, until Skidmore senior forward Jess Bergen (Wells, Vt.) capitalized on a pass from senior midfielder Sarah Donahue (Winchester, Mass.) inside the circle.

With the score tied 1-1 and more than 17 minutes to play in the first half, the skies opened up. Heavy rains poured down onto Bates’ artificial turf field, causing play to slow considerably. However, both teams played hard through the difficult conditions until the half. With squeegees in hand, Bates staff members did their best to lessen the puddles settling on the turf during an extended halftime.

Play resumed and the rain let up enough for both teams to produce great scoring opportunities in each team's respective circle. Still, neither team could manage to find the back of the net in the second half, with both defenses holding strong. Bates first-year goaltender Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.) made seven saves in her collegiate debut, while Skidmore goaltender Catinella made five.

When the horn blew at the end of regulation the rain had again intensified, making the field unplayable. The officials, together with the team’s coaches, called the game at the end of regulation to avoid any injury risks due to the unfortunate playing conditions. Under normal circumstances the game would have gone on to a 15-minute sudden death 7-on-7 overtime period.

Bates resumes play this Thursday at 4 p.m. in a non-conference matchup at the University of Southern Maine; Skidmore hosts Utica College on Tuesday.

BOX SCORE: Bates 1, Skidmore 1