MIDDLETOWN, CONN. --The No. 13 in the nation Bates College field hockey team secured a 2-1 NESCAC victory over Wesleyan (Conn.) this afternoon. The Bobcats scored both of their goals in the third quarter and the defense held strong in the fourth quarter to earn the win.
Bates improves to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in NESCAC play. The Cardinals fall to 5-6 overall and 1-6 in the conference.
After a scoreless first half, junior Emily Gianunzio (Darien, Conn.) broke through for the Bobcats just 2:58 into the third quarter. Her team-leading fifth goal of the season came off an assist from first-year Paige Cote (Auburn, Maine). Just under eight minutes later, senior Ally Leahy (Cohasset, Mass.) put Bates up 2-0 with her first goal this season.
With a little less than 10 minutes remaining in the game, Amy Schaap put Weselyan on the scoreboard. After two quick saves by first-year Grace Biddle (State College, Pa.) for Bates, Schaap's shot found the back of the goal, but it was as close as the Cardinals would get as the Bates defense held strong for the remainder.
Sophomore Ellie Bauer (Denver, Colo.) played the first 30 minutes and Biddle came in for the second half. Bauer stopped all three shots she faced and Biddle finished with four saves. Delaney Wood played the opening 57:05 in goal for Wesleyan and made five saves. Caitlin Grant came in for the final 2:55.
The Cardinals finished with a slight 13-12 edge in shots. Each team logged six corners.
The Bobcats are back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 16, when they travel to take on Southern Maine in a non-conference contest at 4:30 p.m.