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Kazarian's goals lift field hockey past Colby and into playoffs

Sema Kazarian's two second-half goals propelled Bates past Colby for a spot in the NESCAC Championship. (Suzy Preston photo)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates senior Sema Kazarian scored two second-half goals to lift the Bates College field hockey team to a come-from-behind, 2-1 NESCAC victory over visiting Colby on Friday at Campus Avenue Field, in the regular-season finale for both teams.

With the win, Bates (5-9, 2-7 NESCAC) earned the eighth and final seed in the NESCAC Field Hockey Championship. The Bobcats will play at No. 1 seed Tufts on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the tournament quarterfinals. Connecticut College and Bates both finished with identical conference records of 2-7, tying for seventh place in the final standings. In head to head competition, Connecticut College defeated Bates to earn the No. 7 seed. 

Colby finishes the year at 6-8 overall, 1-8 NESCAC.

Colby senior Heather Quadir (Medfield, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal, her team-high fifth tally, less than five minutes into the contest to give the Mules an early lead. Quadir collected a loose ball on a Colby penalty corner, and her shot was deflected by a Bates stick past senior goalkeeper Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.). Colby outshot Bates 14-5 in the first half.

Kazarian (Providence, R.I.) evened the game in the 43rd minute, redirecting a shot by junior Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.) past Colby senior goalie Liz Fontaine (Wilbraham, Mass.). Kazarian struck again four minutes later, when sophomore Laura Baran (Pittsburgh, Pa.) forwarded the ball on a restart, and Kazarian again was there to deflect the ball into the Colby net for her third goal of the season.

McEnroe kept the game tied at 1-1 during the second half when she turned away a Colby fast-break opportunity.

McEnroe made 13 saves in goal for Bates, while Fontaine totaled seven saves for Colby, which outshot Bates 25-15 and earned 11 penalty corners to Bates' four.

 STATS: Bates 2, Colby 1