They may have had to wait more than a week from time their season opener began to register their first victory, but Bates field hockey finally tasted victory on Friday. In a continuation of a game suspended on September 9 against Husson due to lightning, the Bobcats won 4-1, moving their season record to 1-2.
First-years Adah Lindquist and Jesse Moriarty both scored in their first collegiate action, while seniors Claire Markonic and Shannon Beaton also found the back of the net. All four Bates goals came in a flurry of action at the beginning of the contest on the 9th, meaning that the team’s primary focus on Friday was successfully holding onto their 4-0 advantage.
Bates’ goal-scoring issues from last season have unfortunately manifested in their other two games, a 1-0 loss to Hamilton and a 5-0 defeat to number two nationally ranked Bowdoin. The Bobcats only scored 17 goals in 2014, and six of those came from Beaton. Still, just three collective games were scored by Bates’ graduating seniors, which indicate that the team is capable of a scoring surge as long as they receive substantial contributions from underclassmen.
A stingy defense will, however, be an absolute necessity if the Bobcats hope to improve upon last year’s 4-11 mark and pick up a NESCAC victory. Senior goalie Cristina Vega, who has ten saves over the season’s first three games, is a crucial last line of defense. Defender Hannah Beinecke ’16, one of the team’s three captains along with Beaton and Vega, is another central component of the defense.
Now that they’ve secured their first victory, the next step for Bates will be winning a game over the course of a couple hours, instead of nine days. Their next opportunity to do that is a home game against Thomas on Wednesday night a 7:00 PM. From there, the NESCAC campaign intensifies with a weekend slate of away games versus Wesleyan and Williams.