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Field hockey routs New England College, 4-1









LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College field hockey team played its most dominant game of the season on Tuesday, defeating New England College 4-1 to end the Pilgrims' six-game winning streak.

It is the third win in the past five games for Bates (4-8). The Bobcats travel to Middlebury on Saturday for a NESCAC game at 11 a.m.

New England College (9-7), the first-place team in The Commonwealth Coast Conference, takes on TCCC rival Endicott at home on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Four different players scored for the Bobcats, led off by sophomore Riley Kundtz (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), who netted her third goal of the season, and her third game-winner, in the 16th minute on a double assist by seniors Sema Kazarian (Providence, R.I.) and Annie Wilson (Chagrin Falls, Ohio). Junior Sarah Merullo (Essex, Mass.) and Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.) added goals in the 24th and 30th minutes of the game to give Bates a 3-0 lead at the break.

Bates junior Lyndsay Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) added to her team-high scoring total with her seventh goal of the year with 12:31 left in the second half, assisted by junior Mackenzie Ross (North Yarmouth, Maine), as the Bobcats scored their fourth goal in a game for the first time since September 2009.

Pilgrim sophomore Katie Roberge (Essex, Vt.) helped New England College avoid the shutout in the 62nd minute, netting her first tally of the season, an unassisted goal.

New England College first-year goalkeeper Melissa Mower (Bangor, Maine) turned away 16 shots by Bates, including 13 in the first half, helping to keep the game close despite a 48-5 difference in shots taken in the game. Bates senior Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.) made four saves in the win.

STATS: Bates 4, New England College 1