MEDFORD, Mass. – Bates College field hockey successfully defended 18 penalty corners but lost to No. 7 Tufts University, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon at Kraft Field in the season and NESCAC opener for both teams.
Four different Jumbos (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) found the back of the cage as Dominique Zarella and Maggie Champan supplied first-half tallies for the hosts, and Rachel Terveer and Annie Artz provided second-half goals to hold off the Bobcats (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC).
Tufts goalie Bri Keenan (1-0) recorded the shutout with two saves. For Bates, juniors Cristina Vega (Needham, Mass.) and Katie Knox (Bronxville, N.Y.) combined in goal with Vega making seven saves in the loss and Knox stopping five shots.
The Jumbos held advantages in shots (29-3), shots on goal (16-2), and penalty corners (18-5) in the game.
Zarella started the scoring for the hosts in the 16th minute as she took a feed from Brittany Norfleet in front of the goal and slotted it past Vega. The Jumbos doubled their lead just over six minutes later as Chapman scored off an assist from Ashlyn Salvage.
In the 24th minute, senior Caroline Falcone (New Canaan, Conn.) tallied the first shot of the game for the Bobcats, requiring a save from Keenan. At the break, Tufts led in shots (16-1), shots on goal (8-1), and corners (10-1).
Bates placed its second shot on goal just over three minutes into the second half as sophomore Claire Markonic (Millerton, N.Y.) put a shot on frame, but less than a minute later Terveer upped Tufts' lead to 3-0 off a pass across the face of the cage from Zarella.
Junior Danielle Pierce (Parsonsfield, Maine) sent a shot just wide to the left for the Bobcats in the 47th minute before Artz registered the hosts' final goal of the game at the 62:24 mark with Terveer on the assist.
The Bobcats earned two penalty corners in the waning moments of the game but could not break up the clean sheet.
Next, Bates hosts Hamilton College on Sept. 13 at noon while Tufts plays at Babson College on Tuesday at 6 p.m.