LEWISTON, Maine – Bates College field hockey posted 17 shots – its second-highest total of the season – but came up short against Trinity College, losing 2-0 at Campus Avenue Field on Saturday afternoon.
For the Bantams (5-2, 3-1 NESCAC), Sidney Doolittle opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 13th minute while Paige Duke – whose twin sister Chapin plays field hockey for No. 9 Boston College – added an insurance tally at the 51:26 mark.
Seniors Polly Merck (Beverly Farms, Mass.) and Lexie Carter (Saco, Maine) paced the Bobcats (1-6, 0-5) with four shots each while Merck and sophomore Danielle Pierce (Parsonsfield, Maine) tied for the team lead with two shots on goal apiece.
Trinity goalie Sophie Fitzpatrick made seven saves in the shutout to improve to 2-0 on the year while Bates senior goalie Becca Otley (Cumberland, Maine) stopped seven shots of her own.
The hosts created multiple opportunities in the latter moments of the second half in an attempt to knot the score but could not break through despite earning two penalty corners and taking three shots with first-year Claire Markonic (Millerton, N.Y.) putting a shot on frame.
The Bobcats built off that momentum early in the second half as they took eight shots before the Bantams managed one in the second stanza. During the stretch, Merck registered three shots and Pierce and Carter each had two attempts on goal.
About five minutes after the visitors notched their second tally, the Bobcats registered four shots within a narrow time frame, but the Bantam defense and Fitpatrick continued to stymie their efforts.
Next, Bates hosts No. 14 Amherst tomorrow at 1 p.m. while Trinity plays at Tufts tomorrow at noon.