LEWISTON, Maine — On the day it celebrated its 50th anniversary as a varsity intercollegiate sport, the Bates College field hockey team defeated UMaine-Farmington 3-1, before a crowd including team alumnae and former head coach Sherry Deschaine.
Senior Caroline O’Reilly (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored on a penalty corner to stake Bates to a 1-0 lead at the half. First-year Lily Nygren (Scarborough, Maine) and senior Lauren Foster (Pawling, N.Y.) added scores in the second half as the Bobcats (1-3) notched their first win, after opening the season with three losses to top-15 nationally ranked teams.
Bates outshot the visiting Beavers (1-4) by a 35-2 margin and held a 10-1 advantage in penalty corners, but it was a well-played game on both sides.
UMF senior goalie Alyssa Arsenault (Winthrop, Maine) was a force in the first half, making five saves and allowing just one goal. First-year goalie Haley Frizzle (Bowdoinham, Maine) stopped three Bates shots from scoring in the second half.
Bates junior Adelae Durand (Cumberland, Maine) played the first half but faced no shots on goal. Sophomore Alyssa Souza (Scarborough, Maine) played the second half and made a pair of saves on back-to-back shots by UMF junior Andrea Stemm (Gorham, Maine).
O’Reilly scored her fourth career goal — one in each of her seasons — in the 10th minute on a penalty corner, hitting a slapshot from the right side of the circle after the insert pass from sophomore Grace Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.) and the stick stop by senior Samantha Reiss (New Haven, Vt.).
In the 50th minute, Fitzgerald hit an entry pass in to Nygren, who controlled the ball on the left wing and knocked it inside the far post.
Foster scored her second career goal in the 63rd minute, when Frizzle came out of goal to stop a Bates cross but the ball bounced to Foster for a shot from 15 feet in front of the net.
At halftime, Bates’ current squad honored the 6-0 1967 team, represented by Beth Taylor ’68 and Susie Tolman ’68, as well as Deschaine and other alumnae from the past 50 years.