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Field hockey falls on penalty strokes at Southern Maine, 4-3

Adah Lindquist scored one goal and helped set up another within 29 seconds of each other in Bates' field hockey game at the University of Southern Maine on Oct. 22, 2015. (File photo by Josh Kuckens/Bates College) 

GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine prevailed during the sudden-victory round of penalty strokes, winning by a 4-3 final score over the Bates field hockey team in a non-conference game Thursday afternoon.

Bates (6-7) fell behind 2-0 after the first half of regulation, but the Bobcats scored three straight in the second half to take a 3-2 lead. 

USM (7-11) evened the game again at 3-3, however, on a penalty corner with no time left on the game clock. Tayla Smedberg scored on a Jessica Boghosian to force the first 15-minute overtime period.

Neither team could score through 30 minutes of overtime, prompting an initial round of five penalty strokes. Both teams scored on one of five strokes, with first-year Adah Lindquist (Wayne, Pa.) scoring on hers before she was matched by USM's Jennifer Poulin.

The second round of penalty strokes, which became a sudden-victory scenario, only required one round, as Lindquist missed Bates' first attempt before Poulin scored again to seal the Huskies' win. 

Poulin gave USM a 2-0 lead in the 31st minute of regulation, following a third-minute goal by Dorina Sirois on a penalty corner.

The Bobcats stormed back to tie the game early in the second half. Senior Shannon Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) registering her eighth goal of the season, unassisted, knocking in the rebound after Lindquist's aggressive drive and shot was deflected by Huskies goalie Amanda Kasbohm. It was the 17th goal of Beaton's career.

It took Bates only 29 seconds to tie up the game, with Lindquist tallying her second goal of the season with 30:45 left in regulation.

Bates took the lead for the first time with 4:22 left in regulation, with first-year Mackenzie Winslow (Winslow, Maine) scoring her first collegiate goal with a deflection of a loose ball in the circle.

Bates accepted the loss in spite of a 30-9 advantage in shots attempted and a 14-4 edge in penalty corners. Kasbohm made 19 saves for the Huskies to key their victory. Nine of her saves came on shots by Bates first-year forward Jessie Moriarty (Springfield, Mass.), who attempted a game-high 12 shots overall.

For Bates, senior goalie Katie Knox (Bronxville, N.Y.) made four saves over 94:33 of action in relief of the starting goalie, senior Cristina Vega (Needham, Mass.).

Bates returns home to host Middlebury in a NESCAC contest on Saturday at noon.