Beaton paces field hockey to 5-0 victory at Thomas

Shannon Beaton recorded her first collegiate hat trick, all within the first 16 minutes, as Bates won 5-0 at Thomas on Sept. 24. 2014. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) 

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Junior forward Shannon Beaton scored three goals in the opening 16 minutes as the Bates field hockey team coasted to its first win of the season, a 5-0 decision at Thomas College, in the Bobcats' first non-conference contest of the year.

First-year forward Sydney Beres (New York, N.Y.) and sophomore defender Claire Markonic (Millerton, N.Y.) added second-half goals to pad the lead, as Bates put 15 of 22 shot attempts on goal while allowing the Terriers (3-7) just three shot attempts on the night.

Thomas keeper Abbie Charrier made 11 saves for Thomas, while Bates junior Cristina Vega (Needham, Mass.) made one save in the first half to earn the victory. Junior Katie Knox (Bronxville, N.Y.) manned the cage in the second half but saw no shots come her way.

Bates (1-4) made its first offensive foray two minutes into the game, earning a penalty corner to set up a shot by first-year defender Delaney Nalen (Englewood, Colo.) that hit the post. Shortly after a second Bates corner in the third minute, Charrier turned away shots by Markonic and sophomore Sydney Cowles (Wayne, Pa.) to preserve the tie.

Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) scored her second goal of the season, unassisted, in the sixth minute to put Bates on the board. The Terriers held the Bobcats at bay for the following eight minutes before Beaton struck again in the 14th minute. With 19:43 still to play in the opening period, Beaton made it a hat trick on her third shot attempt of the game.

Beres became the second Bobcat to score this season with another unassisted goal, on the heels of a defensive save made by Thomas's Erica Blake on a Markonic attempt.

After testing Charrier numerous times prior, Markonic hit paydirt with 15:57 left in the game, with her second career goal.

Bates has a busy weekend ahead, playing at Trinity on Saturday at 11am, then at Amherst on Sunday at 1pm.