Wesleyan pulls away from field hockey in second half

LEWISTON, Maine -- Averill Roberto scored four straight goals in the second half to turn a 1-0 lead for Wesleyan University into a 5-1 victory over host Bates College in a NESCAC field hockey game played Saturday at Campus Avenue Field.

Wesleyan (4-4, 3-3 NESCAC) scored in the eighth minute of the game for a quick lead, as Ashley McLaren converted a flawlessly executed penalty corner with a big hit, assisted by Vanessa Block and Roberto on the play.

The score remained at 1-0 until the 10th minute of the second half, when Blair Ingraham set up Roberto's first tally, dribbling down the sideline, angling in and centering the ball to Roberto from the end line for a 2-0 Wesleyan advantage.

McLaren set up Wesleyan's third goal at 52:16, driving into the circle uncontested and finding Roberto at the top of the arc for a rocket shot into the far left corner of Bates' goal. Eight minutes later, McLaren and Roberto teamed up again, with McLaren dribbling through Bates defenders to again set up Roberto, for a 4-0 lead with 9:49 left in the game.

Just 29 seconds later, Roberto scored her fourth straight on another penalty corner play, assisted by Ingraham and Taylor Wells.

Bates got on the board in the 67th minute, when senior Laura Baran (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored on a penalty stroke to close the gap to 5-1.

Bates first-year goalie Cristina Vega (Needham, Mass.) made nine saves in 62:55, allowing all five goals; junior Becca Otley (Cumberland, Maine) played the final seven minutes in goal. Wesleyan goalkeeper Tori Redding made three saves, as the Cardinals outshot the Bobcats 27-5 and held a 15-3 advantage in penalty corners.

Bates will host Southern Maine in a non-conference game on Tuesday at 4:30pm. Wesleyan plays at Colby tomorrow at 1pm.