BEVERLY, Mass. -- Sophomore Riley Burns scored a pair of goals and junior Elsbeth Caulo tallied the game-winner in the third quarter to lead the Bates field hockey team to a 4-2 victory at No. 20 nationally ranked Endicott Sunday afternoon in non-conference action.
The Bobcats (3-1) got on the board early, just over a minute into the game when Burns (Sterling, Mass.) took a 25-yard pass from senior captain Alexa Jurgeleit (Barrington, R.I.), settled it, and put it in the back of the net. Bates then made it 2-0 just over three minutes into the second quarter when senior captain Grace Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.) put away a penalty stroke.
The Gulls (3-1) got one back at 25:31 of the first half when Addi Williams took the ball in from the left side and beat the Bates goaltender with a deflected high-looping shot.
Just over three minutes into the second half, Endicott tied the game at two via Kristen McCarthy who hustled back into the play after feeding Jaylin Grabau down the left sideline. Grabau then found McCarthy who was able to put away her second shot attempt to make it 2-2.
Bates then took the lead for good just three minutes later via Caulo (Amherst, N.H.). Burns added the insurance goal for the Bobcats at 51:49 on an assist from first-year Sarah Bussell (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.).
Sophomore Ellie Bauer (Denver, Colo.) made three saves for Bates in the cage and first-year Grace Biddle (State College, Pa.) earned the win with two saves over the final 30 minutes of action. First-year Caroline Grady (Westwood, Mass.) made a key defensive save for the Bobcats near the end of the third quarter.
The game was very evenly matched, with the Gulls tallying 13 shots to the Bobcats' 12. Each team earned seven penalty corners and each team made six saves.
Bates hosts Thomas College this Thursday at 7pm on Campus Ave. Field.