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Field hockey rebounds in second half vs. No. 20 Hamilton

Riley Kundtz '13 scored to close the gap to 2-1 in the first half. (File photo)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Mary Lancaster scored three goals in the first half to propel No. 20 nationally ranked Hamilton College to a 4-1 NESCAC victory over the Bates College field hockey team on Saturday, in the teams' first matchup as conference rivals.

All the scoring in the game took place in the first half. The Continentals (4-2, 3-2 NESCAC) scored back-to-back goals in the fifth minute of the game for an early 2-0 lead. After Bates sophomore goalie Becca Otley (Cumberland, Maine) stopped Hamilton's first big scoring opportunity by coming out of the goal and stopping a 1-on-1 shot, Lancaster struck first on an assist by Erin McNally for her fourth tally of the season with a shot that soared over Otley into the back of the net.

Nikki Haskins added a second score just 40 seconds later.

Bates junior Riley Kundtz (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) put Bates on the scoreboard by tipping sophomore teammate Sarah Warden's (North Andover, Mass.) pass into the circle past Hamilton goalkeeper Victoria Trentini in the 12th minute, Kundtz's first goal of the season.

Lancaster gave Hamilton its two-goal cushion back three minutes later, using a feed by Haskins to make it 3-1. Lancaster made it a hat trick in the 24th minute with an unassisted tally past Otley.

Bates rebounded from a rough first half with much improved play in the second. After Hamilton outshot Bates 22-8 in the first half, the Bobcats managed an 8-6 advantage in shots taken during the second 35 minutes.

Otley had 12 saves for Bates (2-5, 1-3 NESCAC), including several diving stops outside the face of the goal. Warden added a defensive save on a Hamilton penalty corner. Trentini saved seven shots for Hamilton.

Bates will play host to Bowdoin in another NESCAC contest on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The game can be followed online via live video webcast and by live stats.

STATS: Hamilton 4, Bates 1