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Beaton powers field hockey past UMaine-Farmington, 3-0





LEWISTON, Maine -- Scoreless after Bates' first four games, senior Lyndsay Beaton broke into the scoring column in a big way on Thursday, scoring all three goals in a 3-0 Bates non-conference win over UMaine-Farmington.

Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.), Bates' leading scorer last season and an All-Region selection, scored 14:07 into the game as junior Nicole Santosuosso (Canton, Mass.) fed an entry pass from the top left of the UMaine-Farmington circle. Beaton tipped the ball away from her defender to set up a 1-on-1 shot that passed Beavers goalkeeper Curran Brierley to her right and hit the board for a 1-0 lead. The score stayed at 1-0 by intermission, despite a 17-3 Bates advantage in shots taken.

Less than five minutes into the second period, Beaton scored again by redirecting senior Sarah Merullo's (Essex, Mass.) long entry pass from 15 yards beyond the circle past Brierley.

Beaton and the Bobcats dominated the second half to a greater degree than the first, outshooting the Beavers 14-1 in the second frame. Bates made it 3-0 with 7:06 remaining in the game on a penalty corner play, with sophomore Polly Merck's (Beverly, Mass.) well-placed insertion pass stopped by Beaton and slapped into the goal for her first career hat trick.

Brierley finished with six saves, while Bates sophomore/rookie goalie Becca Otley (Cumberland, Maine) made two saves for her second career shutout.

Beaton racked up 11 shots for Bates. Farmington (2-2) sophomore Kashley Weymouth attempted two of the Beavers' four shots.

Bates (2-3) has its Alumni Game on Saturday at 11 a.m., then plays host to Babson in a non-conference game on Sunday at 1 p.m., all as part of Homecoming Weekend. Check Bates' page at First Team Broadcasting to tune in. Also follow along with the game via Live Stats.

STATS: Bates 3, UMaine-Farmington 0