Field hockey rockets past Husson, 8-0

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College field hockey team erupted for seven goals in the second half to rout Husson University 8-0 in a non-conference game played at Campus Avenue Field on Wednesday night. It is Bates' largst margin of victory since at least the 1999 season.

The host Bobcats moved to 2-4 on the season, while the visiting Eagles, who have made three straight trips to the NCAA Championship tournament, had a three-game win streak end as they dropped to 5-5.

Sophomore forward Caroline Falcone (New Canaan, Conn.), who entered the game with one career goal, exploded for three scores in the second half to lead the Bobcats. Senior captain Riley Kundtz (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) added two goals and junior Polly Merck (Beverly Farms, Mass.) contributed a goal and an assist.

Kundtz scored the only goal of the game's first 36 minutes, when she tipped in a blast of a shot by first-year Grace Reingruber (Chevy Chase, Md.) from inside the circle for a a 1-0 Bates lead. Bates controlled the half with a 10-4 advantage in shots attempted, but the lead stayed at one goal into intermission.

Bates senior back Alie Philip (Simsbury, Conn.) was awarded a penalty stroke 102 seconds into the second half and she banged it home for a 2-0 lead -- Philip's first collegiate goal. The tally seemed to ignite the Bobcats and send the Eagles reeling, as Falcone scored back-to-back goals between the 39:00 and 41:51 marks for a 4-0 lead. Falcone's first goal of the season came on the deflection of a shot by Merck, tipped deftly into the high right corner of the Husson goal. With 28:09 left, Falcone scored an unassisted tally. With 23:52 remaining in the period, Bates senior Nicole Santosuosso (Canton, Mass.) netted her first goal of the season to make it 5-0.

Kundtz, Falcone and Merck all scored once more for the Bobcats, with rookie Alex Eliopoulos (Akron, Ohio) assisting Falcone's final tally for her first collegiate point.

Bates first-year goalkeeper Cristina Vega (Needham, Mass.) started and made just one save for Bates before she was relieved by junior Becca Otley (Cumberland, Maine) early in the second half. Otley was credited with six saves in the final 28:09.

Husson goalkeeper Maicee Gustin was credited with eight saves in the loss.

Bates next plays at NESCAC foe Hamilton on Saturday at 11am (Live Stats). Husson plays at Thomas on Saturday at 11am.