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McEnroe's 20 saves not enough for field hockey in opener

Bates senior Katie McEnroe made a career-high 20 saves at Connecticut College.

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Bates College field hockey team opened the 2010 season with a 4-0 setback at NESCAC rival Connecticut College on Saturday, despite a personal-record 20 saves by senior goalkeeper Katie McEnroe.

McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.), the NESCAC's saves leader for two straight seasons, exceeded her previous career high by three saves to keep the game close despite a 29-2 advantage in shots gained by the host Camels.

Bates will host No. 14 nationally-ranked Amherst on Sunday at 12 p.m. in the Bobcats' home opener. Follow the action via live video webcast on Bates' First Team Broadcasting page.

Lauren Gaffny scored 3:40 into the second half to spark the Camels on a scoring spree with a goal. Gaffny and Britt Fitzgerald both had a goal and an assist in the second stanza for the winning side. Abby Hine scored the third and fourth goals of the contest for the Camels.

Aimee Rich made one save to earn the shutout in her collegiate debut.

McEnroe made a diving stop on a penalty stroke in the second half for the visitors. Junior defender Sarah Merullo (Essex, Mass.) provided some solid defensive stick-work for Bates; she induced a turnover to thwart a 3-on-1 Camel scoring situation in the first half of action.

The Camels piled up 12 shots and 13 corners in the opening half but could not find the back of the cage.  Gaffny finally got the Camels on the board at 38:40 of the contest. Just 3:20 later, Gaffny fed Fitzgerald in a 2-on-1 situation versus McEnroe. 

Hine buried one of her 13 shots with 18:43 remaining to make it a 3-0 contest. Hine closed out the scoring with 10:48, taking a feed from Liz Rosenfeld.

STATS: Connecticut College 4, Bates 0