LEWISTON, Maine -- Junior defender Hannah Beinecke scored twice in the second half and first-year Caroline O'Reilly added a third score as the Bates College field hockey team defeated the University of Southern Maine 3-0 in a non-conference game Thursday night at Campus Avenue Field.
The visiting Huskies (5-6) dipped below the .500 mark with the loss, while the host Bobcats (2-6) picked up their second win of the year.
Bates had a deceptively lopsided 9-0 advantage in shot attempts in the scoreless first half. The Huskies had perhaps the best scoring chance of the half, but didn't manage to attempt a shot in a rush on the Bates goal led by first-year Kaylie Andrews in the 30th minute.
Beinecke (Manchester, Mass.) netted her first collegiate goal with 21:23 remaining in regulation time. Out of a penalty corner inserted by sophomore Sydney Cowles (Wayne, Pa.), sophomore Claire Markonic's (Millerton, N.Y.) shot from the edge of the circle was deflected away by USM goalie Amanda Kasbohm. Amidst a morass of players from both sides in front of the goal, Beinecke was responsible for knocking the ball into the cage.
Twelve minutes later, with 9:24 remaining, Bates and Beinecke struck on another penalty corner. A pass was delivered to senior Jill Conway (Andover, Mass.) at the top of the circle, and she passed to first-year Delaney Nalen (Englewood, Colo.) on the left side. Nalen's rocket was tipped from near the left goalpost into the goal by Beinecke for a 2-0 Bates lead.
O'Reilly added a late tally with under 30 seconds remaining, carrying the ball from left to right into the circle and unloading a sharp shot through USM's defense and into the back of the cage, for her first career goal.
Bates had a 9-2 advantage in penalty corners and a 19-4 edge in shots. Kasbohm made five saves for the Huskies, while junior Cristina Vega (Needham, Mass.) earned the shutout for Bates, making one save.
Bates hosts Connecticut College in a NESCAC game Saturday at 11am; Southern Maine hosts Little East Conference foe Westfield State University Saturday at 2:30.
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