WATERVILLE, Maine -- Junior forward Shannon Beaton scored three goals in the opening 16 minutes as the Bates field hockey team coasted to its first win of the season, a 5-0 decision at Thomas College, in the Bobcats' first non-conference contest of the year.
First-year forward Sydney Beres (New York, N.Y.) and sophomore defender Claire Markonic (Millerton, N.Y.) added second-half goals to pad the lead, as Bates put 15 of 22 shot attempts on goal while allowing the Terriers (3-7) just three shot attempts on the night.
Thomas keeper Abbie Charrier made 11 saves for Thomas, while Bates junior Cristina Vega (Needham, Mass.) made one save in the first half to earn the victory. Junior Katie Knox (Bronxville, N.Y.) manned the cage in the second half but saw no shots come her way.
Bates (1-4) made its first offensive foray two minutes into the game, earning a penalty corner to set up a shot by first-year defender Delaney Nalen (Englewood, Colo.) that hit the post. Shortly after a second Bates corner in the third minute, Charrier turned away shots by Markonic and sophomore Sydney Cowles (Wayne, Pa.) to preserve the tie.
Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) scored her second goal of the season, unassisted, in the sixth minute to put Bates on the board. The Terriers held the Bobcats at bay for the following eight minutes before Beaton struck again in the 14th minute. With 19:43 still to play in the opening period, Beaton made it a hat trick on her third shot attempt of the game.
Beres became the second Bobcat to score this season with another unassisted goal, on the heels of a defensive save made by Thomas's Erica Blake on a Markonic attempt.
After testing Charrier numerous times prior, Markonic hit paydirt with 15:57 left in the game, with her second career goal.
Bates has a busy weekend ahead, playing at Trinity on Saturday at 11am, then at Amherst on Sunday at 1pm.
March 23, 2015 Field hockey recognized for academic excellence
November 25, 2014 49 Bobcats named NESCAC Fall 2014 All-Academic
November 20, 2014 Eight Bobcats earn NESCAC All-Sportsmanship selection
November 19, 2014 Conway picked to play in NFHCA Division III Senior Game
November 17, 2014 Nalen, O'Reilly receive all-region honors in field hockey
October 29, 2014 Field hockey falls 2-0 to Colby in season finale
October 25, 2014 Field hockey takes second-half lead against Ephs but falls
October 22, 2014 Field hockey downs Husson at home, 2-1
October 18, 2014 Field hockey tripped at No. 3 Middlebury
October 15, 2014 Field hockey stifles Babson in 2-0 road victory
October 4, 2014 Camels prevail over field hockey in overtime, 2-1
October 2, 2014 Beinecke, field hockey defeat Southern Maine, 3-0
September 28, 2014 No. 11 Amherst tops field hockey, 3-0
September 27, 2014 Field hockey falls 2-0 at Trinity
September 24, 2014 Beaton paces field hockey to 5-0 victory at Thomas
September 20, 2014 Wesleyan tips field hockey, 3-0
September 17, 2014 Field hockey defends well, falls to No. 1 Bowdoin, 2-0
September 13, 2014 Bates field hockey welcomes 5-year-old Nora Franks into the fold
September 13, 2014 Field hockey accepts tough-luck overtime loss to Continentals
September 6, 2014 Field hockey drops 4-0 decision to No. 7 Tufts
August 26, 2014 Field hockey season preview: Trending upward