LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior Emma Patterson scored a goal and dished out a pair of assists to pace the Bates field hockey team in a 5-0 win over the University of Southern Maine Thursday night on Campus Ave. Field.
Bates (5-6) tallied 22 shots on the night, including 16 in the first half. The Bobcats held the Huskies (6-7) to just two shots in the contest.
Bates got on the board in the sixth minute. Junior captain Grace Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.) got the ball at midfield on the restart after a USM foul and she fired a pass to the left flank for Patterson. Patterson (Denver, Colo.) drove into the shooting area and fired a shot that senior Taylor Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) deflected in from the right side of the cage for her sixth goal of the season.
In the 13th minute, Patterson scored the Bobcats' second goal of the night when she batted the ball out of the air into the cage on an entry feed from first-year Riley Burns (Sterling, Mass.) which got redirected by a USM defender.
The Bobcats scored their third goal of the first half and their first off a penalty corner in the 29th minute. Patterson took the corner and fed the ball to junior Victoria McGee (Scarsdale, N.Y.) on the left wing and she centered the ball to Fitzgerald who fired from distance, extending the Bates lead to 3-0.
Bates took a 3-0 lead into halftime.
Fitzgerald assisted on the Bobcats' fourth goal of the night. In the 52nd minute she fired from outside the shooting area into the middle of the zone where sophomore Bridget Tweedie (Brownfield, Maine) deflected it into the back of the cage for her fifth goal of the season.
Just over a minute later, Bates scored again. For the Bobcats' final goal of the night, McGee found Lough on the end line to the left of the cage. Lough delivered a perfect centering pass to first-year Bridget Thompson (Newtown, Pa.) and Thompson finished for her fourth goal of her rookie year.
Lindsay Pych recorded three saves in the cage for USM while first-year Ellie Bauer (Denver, Colo.) recorded a clean sheet for Bates.
The Bobcats have won three in a row and have outscored their opponents by a count of 18-1 over their past three games. They are back in action Sunday when they visit Amherst for a contest that gets underway at noon.