LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior Taylor Lough scored a pair of goals and junior captain Grace Fitzgerald added a tally of her own to lead the Bates field hockey team to a 3-0 win over Endicott Thursday night on a chilly Campus Ave. Field.
The Bobcats (6-7) did not allow the Gulls (13-4) to get off a shot on goal in the victory. Each team tallied five shots in a scoreless first half but Bates dominated the second half, outshooting the Gulls by a count of 15-1, with three of the Bobcats' shots finding the back of the cage.
Bates got on the board in the 38th minute. The Bobcats earned a penalty corner and senior Emma Patterson (Denver, Colo.) fed the ball to junior Victoria McGee (Scarsdale, N.Y.) on the left side of the scoring area. McGee delivered a perfect feed to Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.) in the middle, the captain took a couple steps to her right and fired on goal. The ball bounced into the back left side of the cage for Fitzgerald's sixth goal of the season.
In the 45th minute, the Bobcats struck again. Once again, Bates earned a penalty corner and once again the ball ended up on the stick of Fitzgerald. Her shot got tipped by an Endicott defender. But Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) got the ball in front of the goal. She made one move to her left and turned and fired a shot past the diving keeper to extend the Bates lead to 2-0.
Lough added her second goal of the contest and her team-leading ninth of the season at the very end of the game. The Bobcats earned their seventh penalty corner of the contest in the 70th minute. This time first-year Riley Burns (Sterling, Mass.) delivered a strong shot that Lough deflected past the keeper for the final margin of victory.
Endicott goalkeeper Taylor Farrin made four saves on the evening. Lough led all players with five shots.
Bates returns to NESCAC action on Saturday when the Bobcats visit Middlebury for a match that gets underway at 11am.