On Wednesday, the women’s field hockey team traveled to Endicott for a non-conference game against the leaders of the Commonwealth Coast Conference. Senior captain Shannon Beaton opened the scoring for Bates within the first minute and sophomore Caroline O’Reilly doubled the lead 20 minutes later when she slid a shot from the far right of the circle into the back of the goal. Beaton has scored five goals in the past four games and leads the team in scoring.
Bates kept the pressure on the whole game, outshooting Endicott 11-9 and earning 11 corners compared to Endicott’s five. Samantha Crowley cut the lead to one after scoring for Endicott with 7:29 left in regulation. Bates stepped up the defense and possessed the ball for most of the remainder of the game, preventing Endicott from mounting a late comeback.
Sophomore Sam Reiss commented on the game, “Their play was a little sloppy and I think that threw off our game a little, making the score closer than it should have been.” The Bobcats did dominate the game despite the one-goal difference in the final score, and they earned a solid victory.
On Saturday, the team was away again, facing Connecticut College in a NESCAC matchup. Going into the game, the Camels were 0-7 in conference play. However, they came out of the gate running, as they scored in the second minute and didn’t look back the whole game, winning it 1-0. Connecticut College outshot Bates 13-5 and received 14 corners to Bates’ five. It was a tough loss for Bates, who would’ve reached fifth place in the NESCAC with a win.
The loss was a shock to the team, as Reiss said, “I still can’t believe we lost to Connecticut. We didn’t bring our best and I guess it just goes to show that anything can happen in the NESCAC.”
While the game was a setback for the team, they are putting it behind them. Reiss continued, “We’re choosing to move past this and make sure it doesn’t become a game that defines the rest of our season. We will need to work harder than ever to make the postseason, but we all have so much trust in each other that I have no doubt it’s possible.” Bates continues their fight to the playoffs with three games this upcoming week against Tufts, Amherst, and undefeated Babson.