LEWISTON, Maine -- Karen Lockhart could not have finished the 2015 regular season in more impressive fashion. The senior from East Greenwich, R.I., scored the game-winning goal Tuesday in the Bobcats' 2-1 victory over Colby College.
Fellow senior Leah Humes (Beaconsfield, Quebec) delivered a perfect cross and Lockhart emphatically kicked it into the back of the net for her third goal of the season and her second in as many games. She also scored the eventual game-winning goal in Saturday's 2-0 win over Middlebury.
"Staying healthy has been key for me this season," Lockhart said. "We have goals coming from everyone on the team and that's been the biggest factor in our success. I am psyched to play in the post-season and we are looking to go as far as we can."
Bates finishes the regular season with a 7-5-3 overall record and a 4-3-3 record in NESCAC play. It's their best overall winning percentage since 2006 and their best record in NESCAC play since 2005.
The Bobcats open up the NESCAC tournament on Saturday as the fifth seed, and will play at fourth-seeded Trinity at noon in the quarterfinal round. Bates defeated Trinity 1-0 at home on Oct. 3, one of the team's best victories of the season. This will be Bates' first appearance in the conference tournament since 2010.
Tuesday's win over Colby is the Bobcats' first win over the Mules since 2009.
The match did not start well for Bates as Katherine Gillespie found the back of the net in the 18th minute to put the Mules up 1-0.
But sophomore Julia Rosen (Springfield, Ill.) responded off a throw-in. She received the ball at the top of the box and delivered a hard, hooking shot that snuck past the leaping Colby keeper for the equalizer.
With the score tied at halftime, the Bobcats showed significant improvement in the second half. After being out-shot 9-5 in the first half, Bates and Colby each tallied seven shots in the second half.
Only one shot found the back of the net though and that was the rocket off the foot of Lockhart in the 72nd minute.
Sophomore keeper Sarah McCarthy (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) finished with six saves on the afternoon for the Bobcats.