LEWISTON, Maine--The Bates field hockey team built a 5-0 lead in the first half and added six more goals in the second half to take down UMaine-Farmington 11-0 in a non-conference game on Campus Avenue Field.
Sophomore Bridget Tweedie (Brownfield, Maine), senior Emma Patterson (Denver, Colo.) and senior Taylor Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) each logged two goals while junior Grace Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.) tallied a career-high three assists. First-year Bridget Thompson (Newtown, Pa.), first-year Riley Burns (Sterling, Mass.) and junior Isa Garcia-Moreno (Baltimore, Md.) all chipped in a goal and an assist. Bates improved to 4-6 overall, while the Beavers fall to 1-10 this season.
Bates' 11 goals are the most since a 12-0 win over Salem State in 1974, and are five shy of the Bobcat field hockey program record for most goals in game (16 set in 1969 against UMaine-Farmington).
The game started off with two disallowed Bobcat goals, but Thompson officially started the scoring in the 21st minute. On a Bates corner, Fitzgerald found Thompson to her right, who drilled her shot from the right side. Just under five minutes later, Lough took advantage of another Bobcat corner, tipping in a blast from Fitzgerald. Patterson then notched back-to-back goals to build a 4-0 lead. She finished off a rebound for her first goal of the game and her second came off a pass from Fitzgerald. Lough struck again with 25 seconds to go in the first to give Bates a 5-0 lead at the break.
Tweedie notched her first of the night in the 44th minute, knocking in a cross from junior Victoria McGee (Scarsdale, N.Y.) on the left side at the right post to make it 6-0. Garcia-Moreno navigated through traffic before sending her shot into the back of the net in the 47th minute. Just under three minutes later, first-year Ashton Bayle (Wayne, Pa.) tallied her first goal of the season off an assist from junior Alexa Jurgeleit (Barrington, R.I.). In the 56th minute, Tweedie chipped in her second goal of the night, scoring in the open right side of the goal, this time off a feed from Thompson. Sophomore Lily Nygren (Scarborough, Maine) also logged her first goal of the season, extending the Bates lead to 10-0. Burns set up the goal. Burns then capped the scoring in the 65th minute, sending home a shot from the middle of the arc.
First-year Ellie Bauer (Denver, Colo.) earned the win in goal for the Bobcats, stopping the lone shot she faced. Grace DiMarco played all 70 minutes in goal for the Beavers and finished with 12 saves.
The Bobcats controlled play and finished with a 38-1 advantage in shots. Bates also held a 16-0 advantage in corners, scoring on seven of them.
The Bobcats are back in action on Thursday, Oct. 11, when they host Southern Maine for another non-conference game at 6pm. The Beavers play at Thomas Saturday at 11am.