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Beaton powers field hockey to 2-0 win over Trinity

Shannon Beaton scored both goals as Bates field hockey won 2-0 over Trinity on Oct. 3, 2015. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) 

LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior forward Shannon Beaton scored near the beginning of both halves as the Bates College field hockey team won for the fourth time in five games, 2-0 over Trinity College on Saturday at Campus Avenue Field.

The Bobcats (4-3, 2-3 NESCAC) outshot Trinity by a 12-9 margin and held off a late charge by the Bantams, who accumulated five penalty corners in the final six minutes but couldn't convert.

The visiting Bantams' (4-4, 3-3 NESCAC) three-game winning streak was snapped, as was their three-game conference winning streak.

Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) gave Bates a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute of the game, on Bates' first shot of the game. The senior captain knocked the ball past a defender near midfield and streaked ahead for a breakway. Beaton carried just inside the circle before unleashing a hard shot that found a gap between Trinity goalie Sophie Fitzpatrick and the near (right) goalpost.

Beaton then scored her team-high fifth goal of the season with 32:51 left in the second half, taking one touch on a Bates penalty corner, inserted by first-year Adah Lindquist (Wayne, Pa.), before striking the ball home just off the center of the cage.

Trinity attempted four shots in the final nine minutes, three of them blocked by Bates defenders and one saved by goalkeeper Cristina Vega (Needham, Mass.) off the stick of Mia Olsen.

Vega made four saves to post her first shutout of the season. Fitzpatrick made five saves for Trinity.

Bates plays a non-conference game at Endicott on Wednesday at 7pm.