GORHAM, Maine -- The No. 20 nationally ranked Bates field hockey team won its fifth straight game 4-0 Thursday at the University of Southern Maine, as junior Adah Lindquist scored a pair of goals for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats (8-5) outshot the Huskies (5-12) by a 30-0 margin, with a 14-1 edge in penalty corners. On the heels of three straight wins over top-10 teams last week, Bates puts the win streak on the line Saturday, hosting No. 2 Middlebury at 12pm on Campus Avenue Field.
Bates took the early lead over the Huskies scoring in the second minute of the game as junior captain Jessie Moriarty (Springfield, Mass.) hustled to get her stick on the ball and sent a shot to the far post, beating USM's keeper. Moriarty's third goal of the season gives her 13 in her career.
Just before time expired in the first half, senior captain Sydney Beres (New York, N.Y.) redirected a pass across the goal mouth from junior Taylor Lough (Little Compton, R.I.), the NESCAC and ECAC Player of the Week, for a 2-0 Bates' lead at the half. The goal was Beres's first this season and the fifth of her career. Lough, an Honorable Mention selection as NFHCA Division III Player of the Week, leads the team in both goals (7) and assists (5).
Applying constant pressure, the Bobcats scored a pair of goals in the final two minutes of action. Lindquist (Wayne, Pa.) scored her first goal of the game, and her first this season, in the 68th minute. She added another tally with eight seconds left on the clock for the 4-0 final. Lindquist's first career multi-goal game gives her eight goals in her career.
USM goalkeeper McKenzie Cormier made 10 saves and Maggie Redman added a defensive save for the Huskies. Junior Adelae Durand (Cumberland, R.I.) earned the win for Bates, and did not face a shot in 70 minutes of action.