Falcone's two goals lead field hockey to win at Hamilton

CLINTON, N.Y. -- The Bates College field hockey team scored three straight goals, including the tying and go-ahead scores by junior Polly Merck, and went on to win 3-2 in a NESCAC contest at Hamilton College on Saturday.

Bates (3-4, 1-3 NESCAC) made it a 2-0 week and picked up its first conference win of the season. The Bobcats return to action on Tuesday night with a 7pm game at Bowdoin. (Live Stats / Video).

Merck (Beverly Farms, Mass.), who scored three of her first four career goals earlier this week in an 8-0 win over Husson, tied the game in the 13th minute, as a response four minutes after Hamilton's game-opening score by Lauren King.

Merck followed with her team-high fifth goal of the season 10 minutes into the second period, giving the Bobcats their first lead at 2-1. Sophomore Caroline Falcone (New Canaan, Conn.) added her fourth goal of the week, and the season, with 20:50 left in the game, an unassisted insurance score. It would be needed, as it turned out, with the Continentals (0-7, 0-5 NESCAC) cutting the deficit to 3-2 with 3:37 remaining in the game, a Madison Molho goal.

Junior goalkeeper Becca Otley (Cumberland, Maine) made seven saves in earning the win for Bates.

The Continentals (0-7 overall, 0-5 NESCAC) grabbed a 1-0 lead with 26:18 left in the first half. Clarke carried the ball into the left side of the circle and pulled Otley off her line. Clarke passed left to a wide open King, who swept the ball into the back of the cage.

The Bobcats (3-4, 1-3) seized control by scoring the next three goals, the first two by Merck. Merck's go-ahead goal immediately followed two straight Bates penalty corners. The Bobcats held a 12-10 edge in corners. Falcone made it 3-1 with 20:50 left. Her initial shot deflected off Trentini and the ball trickled past the goalie to the left edge of the goal. Falcone followed the rebound and stuffed it into the cage.

Molho provided some anxious moments late thanks to her goal with 3:37 remaining. Charlotte Lescroart put a shot on Otley that was deflected away. The long rebound came out to Molho, who fired a one-timer past the goalie.

The Continentals didn't get another shot off in the final minutes. Bates owned an 18-15 shot advantage.