WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates field hockey team outshot Thomas College by a count of by 13-8 but the Terriers converted five of their eight shot attempts into goals to defeat the Bobcats 5-2 Wednesday night on Bernatchez Field.
Junior Victoria McGee (Scarsdale, N.Y.) paced the Bobcats (0-4) with a goal and an assist in the contest. Tiffany Weeks tallied a hat trick for the Terriers (4-5) and Allie Gregoire added three assists.
Kelci Faulkingham got Thomas up early, scoring off a corner insert by Gregoire in the third minute to put the Terriers up 1-0. Weeks scored her first in the 17th minute, assisted by Katie Taylor, then made it 3-0 in the final minute of the half on a goal assisted by Gregoire.
Britney Gregoire gave Thomas another early goal in the second half to go up 4-0 less than six minutes in. The Bobcats cut the Thomas lead in half shortly after, scoring two goals in less than a minute to make it 4-2.
In the 42nd minute first-year Riley Burns (Sterling, Mass.) scored the first goal of her collegiate career on an assist from McGee and nine seconds later McGee scored her second goal of the season.
Thomas held off the Bates surge, with Weeks getting her third in the final minute to give the Terriers the 5-2 win.
MacKenzie Oberholzer made three saves on five shots to earn the win for Thomas. Haley Thebarge made a pair of defensive saves as well for the Terriers.
In addition to their advantage in shot attempts, the Bobcats also earned 11 penalty corners to the Terriers' seven. The game marks the first time the Terriers have defeated the Bobcats in seven tries.
Bates returns to NESCAC action this Saturday at noon when the Bobcats host Wesleyan.