|Amherst College||Bates College|
LEWISTON, Maine — The Bates College field hockey team defeated No. 6 nationally ranked Amherst College 1-0 on Sunday at Campus Avenue Field, capping the Bobcats’ remarkable 3-0 week, with all three wins coming against top-six nationally ranked teams.
The Bobcats (7-5, 4-4 NESCAC) defeated No. 5 Tufts 1-0 in a NESCAC game on Saturday by a 1-0 score. On Tuesday they defeated No. 2 Babson 2-1 in overtime in a non-conference game. They have won four straight games.
Amherst (8-4, 4-4 NESCAC) suffered its second 1-0 defeat in as many days, following Saturday’s setback at Colby.
Junior forward Taylor Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) scored the game’s only goal with 4:00 remaining in regulation time, deflecting in a bouncing ball sent toward the Amherst goal by junior Adah Lindquist (Wayne, Pa.). The play started with an entry pass along the left baseline from sophomore Grace Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.) to Lindquist.
Amherst outshot Bates 16-7, and 2-1 in shots on goal, and earned a massive 13-1 advantage in penalty corners. The Bobcats converted their only shot on goal of the afternoon.
Junior goalie Adelae Durand (Cumberland, R.I.) made two saves to notch her second shutout in as many days. She was fronted by another huge team defensive effort by the Bobcats. Sophomore Alexa Jurgeleit (Barrington, R.I.) stood out among a crew including senior Samantha Reiss (New Haven, Vt.), junior captain Shelbie McCormack (Tyngsborough, Mass.), and midfielders Fitzgerald and senior Caroline O’Reilly (Longmeadow, Mass.).
With the game still knotted at 0-0, Amherst ratcheted up the offensive pressure, getting five corners and attempting eight shots in the final 10 minutes. Two shots by Amherst junior Kendall Codey (Summit, N.J.) on penalty corners skipped just wide of the left goalpost, with 9:44 and 7:11 remaining in the game. With 8:30 to go, sophomore Laura Schwartzman (Darien, Conn.) sent a clear shot just wide.
Amherst was awarded two final corners in the final seconds of regulation, the last one after time had expired. With six seconds left, Schwartzman’s insertion was followed by a blocked shot by Elizabeth Turnbull (Harding Township, N.J.) and a second shot sent wide by Mary Grace Cronin (Arlington, Mass.). Amherst was awarded a final corner, and Turnbull had the last shot of the game blocked again, preserving the win and concluding one of the finest weeks in Bates field hockey program history.
The win moves Bates into a tie with Amherst for sixth place in the NESCAC standings.