Wesleyan tips field hockey, 3-0

Shannon Beaton attempts to corral the ball during Bates' game against Wesleyan on Sept. 20, 2014. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) 

LEWISTON, Maine -- Wesleyan University grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute on a penalty corner, then added two more goals over the final 14 minutes to earn its first NESCAC victory of the season, 3-0, over the Bates College field hockey team on Saturday at Campus Avenue Field.

Vanessa Block, Mackey Hemphill and Hannah Plappert scored for the Cardinals (2-4, 1-2 NESCAC) keeping the host Bobcats (0-4, 0-4 NESCAC) winless through four games, all NESCAC contests.

Wesleyan set up for its sixth penalty corner of the first half with 5:04 left in the period. Lauren Yue inserted the ball to Block, who was waiting at the top of the circle. Block had time to stop the ball and fire a shot that ricocheted off of a Bates defender and hit the back of the cage inside the left goal post. Wesleyan had a 6-3 edge in corners in the first half, but Bates turned the tables in the second half with a 6-1 edge.

Bates earned two corners after time had expired in the first half, but couldn't get a shot off on the first attempt, then saw senior Jill Conway's (Andover, Mass.) shot go wide of the goal to end the period.

The Bobcats dominated the first part of the second half, holding the Cardinals without a shot or penalty corner for the first 21 minutes of the stanza. Bates racked up six penalty corners and attempted five shots in that span, including a high ball sent from the edge of the circle by sophomore Claire Markonic (Millerton, N.Y.) that was knocked safely away by Wesleyan goalie Sara Grundy.

Wesleyan took its first shot of the second half on its first corner of the half with 13:19 left in regulation, as Plappert fired a low shot that was deflected by Bates junior goalie Cristina Vega (Needham, Mass.). The ball caromed over to the other side of the net, and Hemphill was there to clean up the rebound for a 2-0 Weslean lead with 13:17 left to play.

Six minutes later it was Plappert creating havoc again, finding free space on the left side of the circle and setting up a reverse chip shot, well struck past Vega for the commanding 3-0 lead with 7:20 left in the game.

Bates ended the game with a 15-14 edge in shot attempts, but an 8-4 deficit in shots on goal. Grundy made five saves for Wesleyan, while Vega stopped four shots for Bates.

Junior Shannon Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) attempted a team-high four shots for Bates, while Conway took three.

Bates plays a non-conference game at Thomas College on Wednesday at 7pm.