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Second-half flurry vaults field hockey team over Amherst

Abby Childs '09 (13) is congratulated by Caitlin Tamposi '08 (2) and Rachel Greenwood '09 after scoring her third, and Bates' final, goal. (Phyllis Graber Jensen photos)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Abby Childs scored three goals in the second half to propel the Bates College field hockey team to a 5-4 victory over Amherst College in a NESCAC contest on Saturday.

Bates (3-0-1, 1-0 NESCAC) scored three times over a three-minute period in the second half to build a 4-2 lead, after twice coming back to tie Amherst (2-1, 1-1 NESCAC) at 1-1 and 2-2.

Childs (Philadelphia, Pa.) made it 2-2 with an unassisted tally in the 47th minute. Just 58 seconds later, sophomore Samantha Rothkopf (Chicago, Ill.) scored her first goal of the season on what would be the game-winning goal off a penalty corner. And in the 50th minute, Childs struck again on a penalty corner for a 4-2 lead.

Amherst wasn't done yet, however, as sophomore Molly Malloy (Stamford, Conn.) closed the gap to 4-3 with an unassisted goal a minute later.

Childs scored again in the 59th minute for her first career hat trick. Malloy again answered less than a minute later on an assist by sophomore Haley Douds (South Orange, N.J.) to close the gap again to one at 5-4, but neither team could score again.

The Bobcats outshot the Lord Jeffs by a 21-12 margin in the game.

Caitlin Tamposi '08 (2) and Helena Turner '10 celebrate Bates' inspired victory.

Bates sophomore Helena Turner (Manchester, Mass.) made four saves to earn the victory; Amherst senior Kathleen Boucher (Washington, D.C.) started for the Jeffs and allowed Bates' first four goals against three saves, before giving way to junior Jane Mostue (Lincoln, Mass.), who made two saves and allowed Childs' final score.

Bates senior Lindsey Ferguson (Barrington, R.I.) and Rothkopf each scored once and added one assist, while senior Caitlin Tamposi (Temple, N.H.) had two assists.

Malloy's two goals and Douds' one goal and one assist paced Amherst; junior Catherine Calvert (Lawrenceville, N.J.) scored once and senior Carolyn Shea (Summit, N.J.) had one assist.

Bates will host defending NESCAC champion Bowdoin at home on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.

BOX SCORE: Bates 5, Amherst 4