Camels prevail over field hockey in overtime, 2-1

Bates goalie Cristina Vega lunges as Connecticut College's Katlyn Paiva works around her to tip the ball in for the game-winning goal in overtime on Oct. 4, 2014. (Russ Dillingham) 

LEWISTON, Maine -- Katlyn Paiva scored on a breakaway halfway through the first overtime period, giving Connecticut College a 2-1 NESCAC victory over the Bates College field hockey team on Saturday at Campus Avenue Field.

Paiva intercepted the ball at midfield and streaked upfield, with only Bates goalie Cristina Vega to beat. Vega poked away Paiva's first attempt, but she was able to collect the ball again and tip it past Vega to end the game.

Connecticut College (4-5, 1-4 NESCAC) picked up its first conference win and kept Bates (2-7, 0-7) without one.

Bates maintained a scoreless first half despite an 8-0 edge for the Camels in penalty corners during the period, as well as a 6-3 disadvantage in shot attempts. 

The Camels got on the board first when an open Jillian Dahrooge found herself one-on-one against Vega; she made a simple move around the Bates keeper and buried the shot in the 42nd minute of the game.

With 17:30 left to play in regulation, Bates knotted the game back up with Caroline Falcone's first tally of the season. Falcone received the ball near the top of the circle, executed a spin move and shot, beating Camels goalie Ryley Van der Velde to her left.

Connecticut College had a commanding 11-2 difference in corners, but only a slight 12-10 advantage in shots. Both squads put five shots on goal. Van der Velde made four saves and Vega made three.

The Bobcats will play host to Oneonta State next Saturday, Oct. 11, at 12pm in a non-conference matchup.