LEWISTON, Maine -- The No. 15 nationally ranked Bates field hockey team showed what a difference a year can make Thursday night, defeating Thomas College 4-0 for their third straight victory.
A year ago, the Bobcats fell 5-2 at Thomas to drop to 0-4 in the 2018 season.
Bates (4-1) made sure that would not be the case Thursday night, as the Bobcats kept the ball in Thomas's end for most of the game and didn't allow the Terriers (2-3) any shots in the game, outshooting the visitors 18-0 for the game.
Bates junior Emily Gianunzio (Darien, Conn.) gave Bates the lead in the fourth minute. Bates' offense and Thomas's defense had the ball jammed in front of the Terrier goal, with Gianunzio trying to power the ball past Thomas goalie Leah Kruse. Kruse parried away Gianunzio's first jab of a shot, but the junior forward cleaned up with the follow near the right post.
Bates took a 2-0 lead 33 seconds before the first quarter expired, on a penalty corner. Senior Grace Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.) inserted the ball to fiest-year Lily Jarrett (Weston, Mass.) on the left wing. Jarrett's shot struck Kruse's pads and rolled into the goal as Bates doubled its lead.
Bates sophomore Bridget Thompson (Newtown, Pa.) got into the scoring column to give Bates a 3-0 lead in the 68th minute of the game. Sophomore teammate Riley Burns (Sterling, Mass.) had a clear shot from the left wing that hit the left post, bouncing away to the right. Thompson tracked the ball and slapped it into the cage, left unguarded after the carom.
Just over a minute later, Gianunzio added her team-high third goal of the season and Bates' fourth goal of the night, giving a slight tip to Burns' hard shot from the top of the circle on a penalty corner with 7:42 left in the third quarter.
Bates next plays Tuesday at home against Husson, beginning at 7pm.