AMHERST, Mass. -- No. 13 nationally ranked Amherst scored their first goal with less than four minutes remaining in the first half and added two more in the second half to defeat the Bates field hockey team 3-0 Sunday afternoon.
The Bobcats (4-5, 2-5 NESCAC) were out-shot 17-6 by Amherst (7-2, 3-2 NESCAC) in the contest.
Sophomore goalkeeper Adelae Durand (Cumberland, R.I.) made a career-high seven saves on the afternoon for Bates.
Amherst recorded 10 shots in the first half but the first eight were unsuccessful with Durand stopping four of them.
But in the 32nd minute, a Caroline Feeley shot was stopped by Durand and the deflection went right to Mary Grace Cronin who tallied the goal to put Amherst on top 1-0.
At the beginning of the 34th minute, sophomore Jessie Moriarty (Springfield, Mass.) fired a shot on goal but Amherst keeper Emilie Flamme made the save, denying the Bobcats their best scoring chance of the half.
In the second half, Bates came out firing with sophomore Taylor Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) recording a shot on goal in the 41st minute, but Flamme was able to make her second save of the day. Then off the deflection, Moriarty missed just wide and Amherst callled timeout.
Bates got a penalty corner opportunity in the 43rd minute but Kendall Codey was able to stop Lough's shot.
In the 45th minute, Amherst added to their lead when Mary Margaret Stoll found Sara Culhane for the goal to make the score 2-0.
Then in the 69th minute, Feeley capped off the scoring on an assist from Culhane.
Bates' best scoring chance down the stretch came in the 70th minute when Lough's shot nearly went in again but Flamme made a diving save to preserve the shutout.
The Bobcats return home this Wednesday to host Endicott at 7:00 p.m. on Campus Avenue Field.