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Beaton scores, McEnroe has 19 saves for field hockey at Middlebury





MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury picked up its eighth consecutive win as the 13th ranked Panthers earned a 4-1 win over the Bates College field hockey team Saturday on Kohn Field.

Bates (4-9, 1-7 NESCAC) is in a three-tie for eighth place in the conference with Colby and Williams, with one conference game left for all three teams. Colby will visit Bates on Friday at 4 p.m., with the winner likely to earn the final spot in the eight-team NESCAC Championship. Friday's game against Colby can be seen via live video webcast.

Middlebury (10-3, 6-2) clinches home field and will host a NESCAC Quarterfinal game next Sunday, while wrapping up its regular season this Friday at Williams.

Bates got off two shots in the game, but scored on its first one 3:18 into the contest on a penalty corner. Junior Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.) inserted the ball to senior Sema Kazarian (Providence, R.I.), who stopped it for junior Lyndsay Beaton's (West Newbury, Mass.) blast that found the back of the cage and gave Bates a 1-0 lead.

Lauren Greer tied the game for Middlebury at 9:14, scoring with a reverse stick when she lifted a shot into the cage after a rebound. The Panthers kept coming, as Greer hit the post in the 13th minute.

Greer struck again in the second half, scoring with a high shot from the top of the circle. Charlotte Gardiner made it a 3-0 game at the 56:52 mark, finishing off a flurry in front of the goal after a pair of saves by senior goalkeeper Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.).

Greer notched the hat-trick just eight seconds later, taking a feed from Gardiner and scoring her team-leading 14th of the season.

Becca Shaw needed to make just one save to earn the win, while McEnroe finished with 19 for the Bobcats -- the sixth time she has recorded 15 or more saves this season.

Beaton has scored in four straight games and Kazarian has assisted in four straight.

STATS: Middlebury 4, Bates 1