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Penalty stroke carries Husson past field hockey





BANGOR, Maine -- Husson University scored on a penalty stroke with 1:55 remaining in the second half to edge the Bates College field hockey team 2-1 in a non-conference game on Tuesday. With the win the Eagles improve to 6-7 and the Bobcats fall to 1-11.

In a closely matched first half, the Eagles and Bobcats had eight shots apiece. Bates provided early offensive pressure in the first five minutes of the game with a flurry of shots on Husson's goal. The Eagles notched their first goal of the game 7:15 into the first half off a Courtney Allen corner.  Allen served the corner to a waiting Jenika Kelley at the top of the circle. Kelley passed  to Helen Berry, who drove the ball into the back of the Bobcats’ cage.

Bates tied the game at 1-1 in the second half with a goal by sophomore Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) off a penalty corner by sophomore Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.).  Dannis scored with a strike from the top left of the circle that ricocheted off goalie Kristen Capen’s pad and into the Husson cage 61:40 into the game.

Shortly following the goal, Bates senior goalkeeper Helena Turner (Manchester, Mass.) made a huge save shutting down a Jillian Morin breakaway. Moments later, with 1:55 left in the game, a penalty stroke was awarded to the Eagles. Husson’s Lori Hiltz scored off a low shot to the corner of the Bobcats' goal. Bates tried fiercely to come back, and junior Zoe Donaldson (Bronxville, N.Y.) took a final shot with 39 seconds left on the clock. Capen made the save, deflecting Donaldson’s laser off her pad.

Husson recorded 19 shots to Bates’ 20 shots on the game.  Goalkeepers for both teams made numerous key saves to keep their respective teams alive.  Bates junior Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.) recorded three saves, and Turner recorded five. Capen notched nine saves in the win.

Bates next plays at Colby on Friday at 4 p.m.

STATS: Husson 2, Bates 1