Lewiston, Maine - In a battle of two teams ranked nationally among the top 20 in the nation, the visiting Trinity College Bantams suffered a 1-0 setback against the Bates College Bobcats in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) field hockey action this afternoon at Campus Avenue Field. Trinity, ranked No. 20 in the country, drops to 5-5 overall and 1-5 in the NESCAC, while the No. 14-ranked Bobcats improve to 6-3 overall and 3-3 overall. Trinity, which also lost, 1-0, at No. 5-ranked Tufts yesterday, hosts NESCAC rival Hamilton on Saturday at 11 a.m. in its next game, while the Bobcats welcome Wesleyan on the same day at noon.
Riley Burns' goal on a penalty corner in the third quarter was the difference, although Trinity held an advantage in shots attempted (12-10) and penalty corners (10-8). Trinity sophomore defender Elizabeth Provost (Sudbury, Mass.) knocked away a shot after a Bates penalty corner, but Burns beat Bantam rookie backstop Emma Cropper (Wilton, Conn.) to the ball and swept the ball past Cropper's stick and inside the left post with 7:57 left in the third quarter.
Trinity outplayed Bates in the first quarter with a 6-0 edge in shots and extended its shooting edge to 8-1 in the second quarter, but a leaping save by Bates goalie Ellie Bauer on a shot by Bantam senior tri-captain Caroline Curtin (Andover, Mass.) off a restart helped to keep the game scoreless late in the first half. Trinity earning a 3-0 advantage in both penalty corners and shots over the final five minutes of the third quarter, but Bates' other goalie, Grace Biddle, came up with two saves on shots by Trinity sophomore Christine Taylor (Westport, Conn.)to preserve the lead. The Bobcats outshot the Bantams 4-0 in the fourth quarter, forcing Cropper to make her only two saves to keep them from extending the lead. Bauer and Biddle combined to make five saves.