LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College's field hockey team opened the 2016-17 academic year with a 4-0 victory over Worcester State University Tuesday afternoon, outshooting the visiting Lancers by a 32-1 margin in the process.
Worcester State fell to 0-2 with the loss, following last Thursday's setback at Babson. The Lancers will play their home opener against Salve Regina on Thursday at 7pm.
Bates took the early lead on the first shot attempt and first penalty corner of the season, in the game's sixth minute. Sophomore Adah Lindquist (Wayne, Pa.) fed the ball to sophomore teammate Jessie Moriarty (Springfield, Mass.), who slapped it home from the top of the circle into the left side of the cage, at mid-height.
With 5:38 to go in the opening half, Bates struck again on a play initiated by Moriarty. The sophomore's shot from the left flank was stopped by lunging Worcester State goalie Kathryn Salemme, but the ball caromed away to the right, where Bobcats junior midfielder Sydney Beres (New York, N.Y.) was there for the opportunistic goal, the second of her career.
Bates' dominating performance in the opening half resulted in a 16-0 edge in shots attempted and a 5-0 advantage in penalty corners.
First-year Isabel Garcia-Moreno (Baltimore, Md.) made it 3-0 with a goal in her collegiate debut in the 49th minute. Garcia-Moreno's initial shot from the front of the net was blocked, but she tracked down the long rebound and knocked in the follow-up attempt with a shot inside the far post from the right flat.
Garcia-Moreno started another scoring play in the 65th minute, to the benefit of classmate Alexandra Leahy (Cohasset, Mass.). Garcia-Moreno surged into the circle from the left wing, then left the ball for the trailing Leahy. Leahy, in hot pursuit along with a Worcester defender, was able to push the ball's momentum past Salemme's reach and into the cage for a 4-0 lead.
The Lancers' primary threat to score came with about 11 minutes remaining in the game. Meghan Pini's insertion was struck by Hayley D'Auteil and tipped by Morgan Cooper, but the shot was saved by first-year goalkeeper Alyssa Souza (Scarborough, Maine).
Salemme finished with 10 saves. Bates sophomore Adelae Durand (Cumberland, R.I.) notched the victory in goal with a shutout first half, and Souza played a shutout second half with one save.
Bates will open New England Small College Athletic Conference play at home against Hamilton on Saturday at noon.