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Field hockey wins season opener at UMaine-Farmington, 2-0

FARMINGTON, Maine -- The Bates College field hockey team won its season opener Sunday at UMaine-Farmington, handing the Beavers a 2-0 defeat.

First-year midfielder Kelly McManus (Campton, N.H.) and senior forward Emily Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.) each scored a goal for the Bobcats (1-0), with senior co-captain Rachel Greenwood (Williamstown, Mass.) and sophomore Annie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) each assisting. Sophomore goalkeeper Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.) made five saves to earn her first career shutout.

After an evenly-played opening frame that featured McManus sending a bounding ball past Farmington netminder Kaeleigh Barker for a 1-0 edge at intermission, the Bobcats controlled play in the second half with an 18-5 advantage in shots (24-12 for the game). Sampson scored on a well-executed penalty corner at seven minutes into the second half for a 2-0 lead.

Farmington's best scoring chance came a minute prior to Sampson's score with an Alyssa St. Pierre push and centering pass leading to a doorstep bid by Andrea Tyler, but the Bates defense stood tall and Sampson scored on the ensuing clear.

Barker stopped 12 shots in the loss with Emma Deans collecting a defensive save.

The Bobcats next play at non-conference opponent Babson College on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m.

BOX SCORE: Bates 2, UMaine-Farmington 0