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Bates Downs Field Hockey With Strong Finish

Courtney Peyko

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College field hockey team fell to Bates by a 4-1 score on Saturday afternoon at Silfen Field.

The teams were locked in a tight battle for most of the game before the Bobcat offense exploded in its late stages. The Camels got on the board first when freshman Gillian Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.) stole the ball from a Bates defender and found sophomore Meghan Gazard (Ashland, Mass.) for a strike which landed in the left corner of the cage in the 10th minute of action. The hosts outshot the visitors, 4-2, in the opening quarter and held a 1-0 advantage at the end of the first frame.

Bates, however, regrouped and would outshoot the Camels by an 18-2 margin for the remainder of the contest. The Bobcats tied the game up just before the break with under 50 seconds left when Kami Lambert put back her own miss and nearly took the lead before halftime. However, one last shot attempt was stopped and cleared away by senior captain and defender Courtney Peyko (Grand Isle, Vt.) to keep the match tied.

The visitors carried the momentum into the second half and went ahead in the third quarter before adding two insurance markers late in the fourth. After intercepting a pass from the Camel defense on a clear attempt, Lambert dribbled the left side and found Emily Gianunzio to give the Bobcats their first lead with 5:07 left. The Bobcats then got insurance markers from Paige Cote and Elbseth Caulo in the 56th and 59th minutes, respectively, to run away with the three-goal win.

Grace Biddle picked up the victory for Bates (2-1, NESCAC 2-1) by making two saves and not surrendering a goal in the second half. Sophomore Jackie Mountford (Sherborn, Mass.) suffered the loss despite turning away 11 shots.

Connecticut College (1-3, NESCAC 0-2) will embark on a four-game road trip over the next few weeks and first face Worcester State on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.