The team came into Wednesday night’s game against Endicott with a three game losing streak, and a 1-5 conference record. Although this game meant nothing for NESCAC standings or playoffs, the result was paramount to the team’s morale for the remainder of the season.
Perhaps this was the biggest game of the season, and Bates certainly came out ready to play, which is not something they have done in every game this season. Just 5 minutes into the game, Samantha Reiss ‘18 found leading scorer Jesse Moriarity ‘19 who put the ball in the net to give Bates a 1-0. The Garnet and White outshot the Gulls 13-0 for the rest of the first half. Yes, you read that correctly.
The Bobcats went into halftime with just a 1-0 lead, but a monumental psychological advantage. Sometimes, the mental edge is all you need to win a game. Indeed, almost immediately after the start of the second half, Alexandra Leahy ‘20 put her team up 2-0 with a slap shot. Minutes later, Sydney Beres ‘18 scored a goal to give the garnet and white a resounding 3 goal lead.
Looking up at the scoreboard, Endicott players looked demoralized, as they had been unable to even get a shot off, let alone score a goal. However, in the 55th minute the Gulls scored on what would be their only shot attempt of the night.
Adah Lindquist ‘19 responded later with a goal, and the game ended with a 4-1 Bates victory.
Coming off the dominating win on Wednesday, the Bobcats were confident and ready to take on Connecticut College, a team they hadn’t beaten since 2013. This game had added importance as the season draws closer and closer to the NESCAC playoffs.
The teams battled hard to a standstill as the score stayed at 0-0 through all 70 minutes of regulation. In field hockey, the overtime period is played with just seven players on each side, opposed to the usual 11-11 play.
Goalie, Adelea Durand ‘19 proved to be huge making three clutch saves in the period. But it was Lauren Foster ‘18 who gained all the glory on Saturday. The junior scored her first career goal in dramatic fashion off an assist from Taylor Lough ‘19. Eight minutes into overtime, Foster, seemingly unfazed by the pressure of the moment, ripped a shot to give her team the victory.
Looking ahead, field hockey will visit Babson next Wednesday for another non-conference matchup. And if they beat Colby on October 26 they will have strong chance of making the NESCAC playoffs.
“I have confidence in our team.” Coach Danielle Ryder said in an email. ” Mental consistency along with their determination will make it an exciting two and a half weeks of fighting for a postseason bid.”