Field hockey takes Babson to overtime, falls 2-1
|Sarah Merullo '12 netted her first goal of the season to put Bates on top, 1-0.|
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Babson senior Colleen Kelly scored the game-winning goal with 2:16 remaining in the first overtime to lift the Beavers to a 2-1 victory over the Bates field hockey team in a non-conference game at MacDowell Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Bobcats fell to 2-7 overall, a day after posting a 1-0 victory at home over Williams. With their eighth win in the last nine games, the Beavers improved to 10-3 on the season.
Bates struck first in the opening period, as junior Sarah Merullo (Essex, Mass.) pulled the ball out of a scramble in front of the cage and ripped a drive toward the lower left corner. Babson junior goalie Jess Pashos managed to get her stick on it with a dive to her right, but the ball rolled just over the goal line inside the left post for the game’s first goal at 20:37.
After Bates dominated play in the first half, the second half saw a surge in offense by Babson. Yet Bates still had numerous chances to add to its own score. Most notably, about halfway through, junior Lyndsay Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) took a shot from the top right side of the circle that struck the far post. With about five seconds to play in regulation, sophomore Riley Kundtz (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) narrowly missed a tip-in.
Babson had several chances to tie the game in the second half, but Bobcats senior goalie Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.) made several outstanding saves to keep the hosts off the board. She made a tremendous kick save on a drive toward the right corner by Morgan Lockwood in the 52nd minute, and then denied another bid by Lockwood from in front of the cage less than six minutes later. McEnroe's best save of the day came with just under 10 minutes to go in regulation, when Courtney Weaving fed the ball to a wide-open Lockwood in the middle of the circle. The Beavers’ star rookie then ripped a shot from point-blank range, but McEnroe came charging out of net and made a sprawling save to preserve the Bobcats’ lead.
The Beavers did score in the 63rd minute of play, beginning when Lockwood took another hard shot from the right side that was saved by McEnroe. The rebound kicked out to the middle of the circle, where Weaving shot into an open cage to tie the game at 1-1 with 7:33 remaining in regulation.
Both teams had great scoring chances in the overtime period, including two just 23 seconds apart. Kelly had an open look from the top of the circle that was denied by a kick save from McEnroe at 72:23, and after Bates took the ball the length of the field, Pashos made a nice kick save on a shot by Bates junior Lyndsay Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) at 72:40.
After earning their third penalty corner of the overtime period and 13th of the game, Babson finally clinched the victory in the 83rd minute. Sarah Fredlund inserted the ball to Anneliese Brosch, who flicked a pass to Kelly on the left side. The two then executed a give-and-go that gave Kelly an open look from the top of the circle, where she ripped a shot past McEnroe and into the center of the cage for the game-winning goal at 82:44.
Katie Mc Enroe played a stellar game in goal and the defense did a good job keeping Babson's attack in check.
Bates will play host to the University of Southern Maine in another non-conference game on Wednesday at 5 p.m.. The game will be viewable by live video streaming at First Team Broadcasting's Bates website. Wesleyan visits for a NESCAC game on Saturday at 12 p.m.