LEWISTON, Maine -- Isabel Perry scored the go-ahead goal in the 59th minute and the No. 12 nationally ranked Williams College Ephs defeated the Bates field hockey team by a score of 4-2 Sunday afternoon on Campus Ave. Field.
With the score tied at two, the Ephs earned a penalty corner and got the ball to Perry on the left side of the offensive zone. Her initial shot was blocked by a Bates defender, but she recovered to find the back of the cage to put Williams up 3-2.
The Ephs (4-1, 3-1 NESCAC) added an insurance goal in the 65th minute when Emma Ticknor scored from near the edge of the offensive zone off a penalty corner.
The Bobcats (1-5, 1-4 NESCAC) struck first in Sunday's contest. In the sixth minute, Bates earned a penalty corner. Senior Emma Patterson (Denver, Colo.) took the penalty corner and the Bobcats worked it around to junior captain Grace Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.) who delivered a feed down low that junior Alexa Jurgeleit (Barrington, R.I.) tipped to senior Taylor Lough (Little Compton, R.I.). Lough was able to sneak it past the Williams keeper for her second goal of the weekend.
Williams responded in the 13th minute. The Ephs earned a penalty corner and Ticknor took it, passing the ball to Perry who immediately swung it to Meredith Wright. Wright fired from distance, finding the back left side of the cage for the equalizer.
The Ephs took their first lead of the afternoon in the 18th minute. Libby Dolan received a pass in front of the cage from Siobhan Morrissey. Then Dolan made a slick move to her left, shaking the Bobcat keeper to tally the goal, giving Williams a 2-1 edge.
Bates tied the score in the 32nd minute of action. Once again, the Bobcats converted off a penalty corner opportunity. Patterson fed the ball to first-year Riley Burns (Sterling, Mass.) who fired the ball to the right post where fellow first-year Bridget Thompson (Newtown, Pa.) finished for the first goal of her collegiate career.
Abby Lloyd came off the bench in the second half for the Ephs, taking over at goalkeeper. She got the win by shutting out the Bobcats in the final 35 minutes, making three saves along the way.
The Ephs outshot Bates 25-13 on the day. Senior Adelae Durand (Cumberland, R.I.) and first-year Ellie Bauer (Denver, Colo.) combined to make 12 saves in the cage for Bates. Williams earned 17 penalty corners to the Bobcats' nine on the afternoon.
The Bobcats visit Babson this Wednesday in non-conference play. The match gets underway at 6pm.