Field hockey scores twice in the first half, defeats Connecticut College 2-1

Riley Burns scored the game-winner on Saturday, October 6, 2018 against Connecticut College. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- First-year Riley Burns scored the game-winning goal and the Bates field hockey team turned in a strong performance in a 2-1 win over Connecticut College Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats (3-6, 2-5 NESCAC) earned 13 penalty corners, turning two of them into goals. Meanwhile, they outshot the Camels (2-9, 0-7 NESCAC) by a count of 22-7. 

With the score tied at one, the Bobcats went ahead for good in the 33rd minute. Senior Emma Patterson (Denver, Colo.) took a penalty corner and delivered a feed to senior captain Shelbie McCormack (Tyngsborough, Mass.) who stick stopped it for Burns. Burns (Sterling, Mass.) fired a shot from distance with good power, finding the back left side of the cage for her third goal of the season. 

Neither team scored in the second half, with first-year Ellie Bauer (Denver, Colo.) shutting out the Camels during her 36:46 in goal off the bench, making four saves along the way.

Bates got on the board first, taking advantage of a penalty corner in the 15th minute. Patterson passed the ball to junior captain Grace Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.) who fed the ball to senior Taylor Lough (Little Compton, R.I.). Lough got the ball back to Patterson by the right post. Patterson poked the ball to sophomore Elsbeth Caulo (Amherst, N.H.) and her shot snuck by Camel keeper Jackie Mountford into the left side of the cage for Caulo's first career goal.

Mountford turned in an impressive performance overall, turning away nine Bates shots on goal.

The Bates defense held the Camels to just two penalty corners and seven shots on the day. Connecticut College was able to use one of those two penalty corners to get the equalizer in the 28th minute. Lauren Hirshom was able to get the ball into a lot of traffic in front of the cage where it deflected off a Bates defender's stick. Jamie Navoni took a swing and connected, sending the ball into the back of the cage, tying the score at one.

But five minutes later Burns put Bates ahead for good.

The Bobcats host Maine-Farmington in non-conference action this Tuesday at 6pm on Campus Ave. Field.