MEDFORD, Mass. -- The Bates field hockey team scored the final two goals of the game but the No. 8 nationally ranked Tufts University Jumbos scored the first four to defeat the Bobcats by a count of 4-2 Saturday afternoon at Ounjian Field.
Tufts (3-0, 2-0 NESCAC) had four different players score on the afternoon. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half and added another goal early in the second half.
The Jumbos had a total of 27 shots (nine on net), while the Bobcats had 13 (five on net). Tufts had 13 penalty corners compared to Bates' seven. Jumbo goalkeeper Emily Polinski finished the game with three saves and first-year Ellie Bauer (Denver, Colo.) had four saves for Bates.
Trailing 4-0, the Bobcats (0-3, 0-3 NESCAC) got on the board in the 51st minute when sophomore Bridget Tweedie (Brownfield, Maine) scored the first goal of her collegiate career, an unassisted tally that cut the deficit to three.
Then junior captain Grace Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.) continued her hot start to the season with her third goal in as many games. She found the back of the cage in the 65th minute to trim the Tufts lead to 4-2.
The Bobcats kept the pressure on, tallying a pair of shots in the final minute of action, only to have both attempts blocked.
Rachel Hamilton, Shannon Yogerst, Claire Foley and Sophie Schoeni all scored goals for the Jumbos. Marguerite Salamone recorded a pair of assists, Hamilton had an assist of her own and so did Marin Waddington.
The Bobcats look to bounce back this Wednesday they they visit Thomas College for a contest that gets underway at 7:00 p.m.