LEWISTON, Maine -- After the Bates field hockey team assumed a 1-0 second-half lead, Williams College rattled off three unanswered goals within a 10-minute span for a 3-1 NESCAC victory on Homecoming Saturday at Campus Avenue Field.
Williams rose to 8-6 overall and 5-4 in NESCAC play, while Bates dipped to 4-10, including an 0-9 mark against conference foes.
After more than 51 minutes of scoreless action between the conference rivals, Bates first-year defender Delaney Nalen (Englewood, Colo.) got the Bobcats on the board on a penalty corner play, assisted by classmate Alyssa Alexander (Millstone, N.J.).
But 3 1/2 minutes later, the Ephs evened the score on a fast-break. Caitlin Conlon shot across the Bates cage and the ball was tapped in by Annie VanWagenen with 13:20 left in regulation.
Six minutes later, with only 7:29 left in the game, Williams grabbed its first lead, when a crossing pass by Emma Grauberger found Katie Gallop for the finish past Bates junior goalie Cristina Vega (Needham, Mass.).
Williams earned its 12th penalty corner of the half, and 14th overall, with 1:42 left in the game. Hannah Goodrick inserted the ball to VanWagenen, who pushed it over to Kit Rosen. Rosen's shot from the top of the circle was redirected in front of the goal by Goodrick, giving Williams a 3-1 lead with 1:15 remaining in the game.
Williams outshot Bates 27-11 in the contest, including a 16-3 advantage in the second half. The Ephs also attained a 16-5 edge in penalty corners.
Vega made four saves for Bates, as did Williams goalie Margaret Draper for the Ephs.
Bates will host Colby on Wednesday at 7pm in the season finale, while Williams plays at Hamilton Wednesday at 6pm.
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