In front of a fairly sizeable home crowd during Back to Bates weekend, the women’s field hockey team did not disappoint the parents and alumni that turned out to support the team. Senior captain Shannon Beaton placed two shots into the back of the net past the Trinity keeper to secure a 2-0 win for the Bobcats. The loss for Trinity is their first in three games, snapping their three-game conference-winning streak. Before the game, Bates was tied for 9th place in the NESCAC while Trinity was 4th. This is the Bobcats’ second NESCAC win in two years, following their win last weekend over Wesleyan. With the win, Bates (4-3, 2-3 NESCAC) moves up to 7th in the NESCAC standings. It was a great game to watch, and it was the first time the Bobcats had bested the Bantams since 2008. Sophomore Sam Reiss remarked, “Our game against Trinity this weekend was a huge win for the program. We were definitely the underdog, so to pick off a top-ranked team was a big deal, and a breakthrough game for the season. To win in front of our families and alumni was an incredibly rewarding experience”.
Bates opened the scoring early, as Beaton dangled a Trinity defender near midfield and then placed the ball in the bottom right corner. This unassisted moment of brilliance in the fourth minute of play seemed to knock the wind out of Trinity for the rest of the half, as they only placed three shots on goal and struggled to hold possession. Beaton again scored early in the second half, this time off of a penalty corner. This was her fifth goal of the season, a team high. Down 2-0, Trinity mounted an impressive assault in the last nine minutes, attempting four shots as time wound down. They also had five corners in the last six minutes. However, Bates’ defense and senior keeper Cristina Vega were up for the challenge, and turned away every shot and corner that the Bantams attempted. Vega made four saves and recorded her first shutout of the season.
Spirits are high on the team. Beaton commented, “I am so incredibly proud of this team! In the past week we have beat two different NESCAC teams for the first time in quite awhile. It’s such a great feeling! I have a great deal of confidence in this team and know how much we all want to qualify for post-season play.” The field hockey team knows they can compete at a high level and they trust each other to keep playing the way they know how. Next up for the Bobcats is a non-conference game away at Endicott.