LEWISTON, Maine -- Elizabeth Turnbull and Sara Culhane both scored and assisted each other's goals as Amherst College defeated the Bates College field hockey team 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at Campus Avenue Field.
Amherst (8-4, 4-4 NESCAC) won for the third time in its past four New England Small College Athletic Conference games to even its NESCAC record.
After falling behind 3-0 before halftime, Bates (6-6, 2-6 NESCAC) regrouped with a strong second period, outshooting Amherst 7-2 and earning three penalty corners to Amherst's one over the final 35 minutes. First-year forward Adah Lindquist (Wayne, Pa.) put two shots on goal and first-year forward Taylor Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) had another one in the final five minutes, but all of them were turned away by Amherst goalkeeper Emily Horwitz, who earned her fifth shutout of the season.
Turnbull put Amherst on the board in the 18th minute, converting Amherst's first shot on goal into a 1-0 lead by tipping in Culhane's shot while stationed near the left post.
Seven Amherst shots and four Amherst corners later, Katie Paolano doubled the Lord Jeffs' lead with a clever shot in the 33rd minute. Annika Nygren's entry pass from the left corner was tipped by Paolano, standing along the baseline with her back to the Bates goal.
Amherst then converted a penalty corner with 23 seconds remaining in the half for a 3-0 lead. Turnbull stopped and shot Nygren's insertion pass, and Culhane, from near the left post, got her stick on the ball to poke it past Bates senior goalkeeper Cristina Vega (Needham, Mass.).
Vega made two saves in the opening 35 minutes, as Amherst outshot Bates 13-1 in that time. Senior Katie Knox (Bronxville, N.Y.) made one save while shutting out the Jeffs in the final period. For Amherst, Horwitz made two saves.
Bates will play a non-conference game at Southern Maine on Thursday at 3pm; Amherst plays a non-conference game at Smith College on Thursday at 7pm.
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