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Field hockey looks ahead to Sunday home game vs. Tufts after loss

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Connecticut College had a 22-9 advantage in shots taken en route to a 3-0 victory over the Bates field hockey team in a NESCAC game played at Silfen Field Saturday.

The Bobcats play host to No. 13 nationally ranked Tufts tomorrow (Sunday) at Campus Avenue Field, beginning at 12 noon. Check Bates' page at First Team Broadcasting to tune in. Also follow along with the game via Live Stats.

Lauren Gaffny and Brittany Fitzgerald tallied first-half goals and Jennifer Morgan added an insurance marker in the second stanza.

The Camels improve to 6-5 with a 2-5 mark in the NESCAC, while the Bobcats fall to 3-8 with a 1-6 mark in league play.

Rookie goalie Becca Napolitano stopped four Bobcat shots en route to the shutout. Sophomore Becca Otley (Cumberland, Maine) made eight saves in the opening half and was relieved by first-year Jillian Conway (Andover, Mass.) who had 11 stops in the second half for the visitors.

Connecticut College held a 22-to-4 advantage in shots and enjoyed an 18-to-5 edged in penalty corners.

But both teams worked together to convey the most important message Saturday.

The Bobcats and Camels partnered with the Play 4 the Cure Foundation to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer through the "Play Pink" initiative -- a nationwide, unified effort by field hockey teams to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the field, across campuses, in communities and beyond.

STATS: Connecticut College 3, Bates 0