BANGOR, Maine – Senior goalie Becca Otley made 14 saves, but Bates College field hockey fell to Husson University in overtime, 2-1, on Tuesday night at the Winkin Complex.
Otley (Cumberland, Maine) notched 10 saves in the second half to help keep the Bobcats (1-2) in the game, but Liz Noddin (Skowhegan, Maine) scored the golden goal off a feed from Mariah Arno (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine) for the Eagles (3-2) less than a minute into the extra session.
The Bobcats threatened Husson's cage repeatedly in the waning moments of regulation recording five shots inside of the last five minutes including three on goal. Senior Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.) and junior Caroline Falcone (New Canaan, Conn.) each registered two shots during that span with one of Falcone's attempts forcing Eagle goalie Maicee Gustin (Dexter, Maine) to make a diving stop. Meedzan and Falcone paced the Bobcats with three shots on goal apiece.
First-year Isobel Curtis (Fairfield, Conn.) notched the only goal of the first half off an assist from Meedzan just over 10 minutes into the contest. The goal came right after Meedzan fired a shot that goale Kaitlin Dolloff (Richmond, R.I.) knocked away.
Falcone and sophomore Danielle Pierce (Parsonsfield, Maine) each put shots on goal in the first half at the 34:33 and 16:20 marks respectively while Otley made four saves in the opening 35 minutes.
Husson's Sabrina Vaillancourt (Newport, Maine) knotted the game at one goal apiece with a tally in the 51st minute. Otley turned away a Husson shot shortly before – her seventh save of the game – but Vaillancourt put the ball in the back of the net about 30 seconds later.
Next, Bates returns to NESCAC play at Hamilton on Saturday at 11 a.m.