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Field hockey downs Husson at home, 2-1

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates field hockey team scored twice in the opening 14 minutes and sustained a second-half goal by Husson for a 2-1 non-conference victory in windy and wet conditions Wednesday night at Campus Avenue Field.

Junior Shannon Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) scored on an assist by first-year Samantha Reiss (New Haven, Vt.) in the 12th minute of the game. Two minutes later, with 21:00 remaining in the opening half, first-year Delaney Nalen (Englewood, Colo.) scored on a penalty corner to give the Bobcats (4-9) all the scoring they needed.

Husson's Mikayla Toth cut the deficit in half with 27:39 left in regulation time on a penalty corner, but the Eagles (6-8) were held without a shot for the rest of the game by a stout Bates defense.

Wednesday's result is a reversal of last year's meeting between the in-state rivals -- Husson prevailed 2-1 in overtime on Sept. 11, 2013 in Bangor, outshooting the Bobcats 24-10 in that game and earning 14 penalty corners to Bates' three.

But on Wednesday night, Bates controlled the action, attempting 15 shots to Husson's five and earning a 9-4 advantage in corners.

Bates took the early 1-0 lead when Reiss drove the ball from well outside the circle, from the left side of the field, directly toward the Husson goal. Beaton was in position to tip the ball past Husson starting goalie Abby Greenleaf and against the back of the cage -- Beaton's team-high sixth goal this year.

Bates earned its first corner less than two minutes later and converted. First-year Caroline Gettens (Concord, N.H.) inserted the ball to Nalen on the left side of the circle, and the first-year defender sent a rocket inside the far post to make it 2-0 -- Nalen's first collegiate goal.

The Bobcats threatened to make it 3-0 five minutes later when senior Caroline Falcone (New Canaan, Conn.) flipped the ball past Greenleaf, but Husson defender Annika Durrell stepped in to make the goal-saving defensive save.

After getting outshot 9-2 in the first half, Husson attempted the first two shots of the second half, then earned a corner with 27:39 to go in the game. Britt Mellor inserted the ball and it was passed around the circle to Toth, who fired from the right side of the circle into the right side of the goal, past Bates junior goalie Cristina Vega (Needham, Mass.).

The Bobcats outshot the Eagles 5-0 the rest of the way, however, preserving the victory.

Vega made one save in net for Bates. Greenleaf made three saves in the first half for Husson before giving way to Kaitlin Dolloff, who recorded two saves after intermission.

Bates hosts Williams in a NESCAC game this Homecoming Saturday at 11am; Husson hosts NAC foe New England College in its regular-season finale Saturday at 1pm.