Oneonta comes back to top field hockey despite goals by Conway, Beaton

Shannon Beaton netted her fifth goal of the season in Bates' 3-2 loss to SUNY Oneonta on Oct. 11, 2014. (File photo by Russ Dillingham) 

LEWISTON, Maine -- SUNY Oneonta overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit and a 14-6 disadvantage in shot attempts to score a 3-2 non-conference victory over the Bates College field hockey team on Saturday afternoon at Campus Avenue field.

Andrea Day scored the game-deciding goal and assisted on the Red Dragons' (7-5) two other scores, both tallied by Bailee Barrett.

Bates (2-8) led 1-0 just three minutes in as Jill Conway slapped the ball in from the top of the circle on the Bobcats' first of eight penalty corners. Sydney Cowles inserted the ball on the play and earned the assist. The Bobcats achieved an 8-1 advantage in corners for the game.

Oneonta evened the game in the 15th minute when Day received a pass across the face of the Bates goal and shot from the right side of the circle. Bailee Barrett tipped the ball past Bates goalie Cristina Vega to make it 1-1.

Bates regained the lead before intermission, in the 31st minute, receiving a pass into the circle, advancing the ball through the Oneonta defense and, from a sharp angle, shot past Oneonta goalie Tess Tracy inside the far post for her team-high fifth goal.

The Red Dragons tied the game with 22:32 remaining, when Day passed across the face of the Bates goal to Barrett, who scored into the back left corner of the cage. Oneonta then broke the tie with 13:46 remaining, as Kelcy Forbragd carried the ball into the circle from the left side, then passed to Day on the right side of the circle, and Day's shot into the center of the goal found the back of the cage for a 3-2 lead.

Bates had four penalty corners with which to try and even the game back up down the stretch, but none of the Bobcats' three final shot attempts were on goal.

Vega made two saves but allowed three goals in 60 minutes of work. Katie Knox played the final 10 minutes in goal for Bates, and faced no shots on goal. Tracy made five saves to earn the victory in goal for the Red Dragons.

Bates next plays a non-conference game at Babson on Wednesday at 4pm.