Field hockey blanks Bates in NESCAC opener
Hamilton College's Casey Brown '16 scored in the first half and Julia Booth '19 made nine saves as the Continentals shut out Bates College 1-0 in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Campus Road Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon.
Booth posted her first shutout in just her second collegiate start. She has a .929 save percentage and a 0.50 goals against average so far this year.
Brown scored her second goal in as many games and it was the 11th goal of her career for the Continentals (2-0, 1-0 NESCAC). Margaret Revera '18, who also notched a goal in the opener, picked up the assist on Brown's goal.
The lone goal was scored with 24:58 left in the half as a result of the first penalty corner of the afternoon. Eva Rosencrans '17 took the first shot, which was blocked, and Tori Stapleton '19 corralled the rebound. Stapleton's shot was saved by Cristina Vega '15, who finished with four stops. Revera gained control of the loose ball and unleashed a hard shot from close range that was tipped by Brown past Vega as she stood in front of the keeper.
Bates (0-1, 0-1) dominated play in the second half with an 11-3 shot advantage and a 7-2 edge in penalty corners. Booth stood tall despite the added pressure in the final 35 minutes. The Bobcats' best chance to even the score came with about 13 minutes to go following their 10th penalty corner of the day. Shannon Beaton '15 hammered a shot from the top of the arc that Booth kicked back in her direction. Beaton's follow-up shot sailed high above the cage and Bates didn't put another shot on goal.
The Bobcats doubled up Hamilton in shots, 20-10, and held an 11-6 advantage in corners. The Continentals won for the fourth time in five meetings with Bates.
The Bobcats were well on their way to a win in their opener on Wednesday at Husson University, but the game was stopped due to lightning late in the first half with Bates leading 4-0.
Hamilton travels to SUNY Oswego for a non-conference game on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 5:30 p.m. The Bobcats host in-state rival Bowdoin College for another NESCAC game on Tuesday at 7 p.m.