Liz Chabot '12 Knocks Home Four Goals As Field Hockey Racks up Third NESCAC Win with 7-1 Shellacking of Bates
Behind a four-goal performance by Liz Chabot '12 (#4, photo), Wesleyan rolled to a 7-1 victory over Bates Sat., Oct. 8. With the win, Wesleyan improved to 6-4 and 3-4 in NESCAC action, while Bates fell to 2-7 and 1-5 in conference play. The win was Wesleyan's sixth straight over Bates, as the Cardinals lead the all-time series 10-2.
Wesleyan jumped on the board just 1:09 into the contest as Morgan McCauley '12 put home a rebound for her team-leading eighth goal. Following a corner, the Bates keeper saved an initial shot by Ashley McLaren '13. The Cardinals' first follow-up attempt was blocked, but McCauley corralled the ball and put it home.
Chabot made it 2-0 with 4:58 gone, taking possession of the ball in the midfield area and going straight to the goal. She added another goal with 11:30 left in the half for a 3-0 lead, scoring from right in front of the cage after a pass from McLaren, and McCauley scored an unassisted tally with 3:54 left for a 4-0 halftime lead.
Bates jumped on the board 1:50 into the second half as the Bobcast scored from the right side. Taryn Murray '13 answered four minutes later, and Chabot added a pair of goals, the last coming at the 46:43 mark, for the 7-1 final. Chabot now has seven goals on the season to rank second on the team in scoring behind McCauley.
Tori Redding '13 had five saves in the Wesleyan net, four of which came in the second half.
The seven goals marked the highest scoring output ever for Wesleyan against Bates in the 12-game series. It was also Wesleyan's highest goal total against a NESCAC team since Sept. 29, 1979, when the Cardinals defeated Bowdoin College 7-2. (Wesleyan had also defeated Connecticut College 7-0 three days earlier; the two games represent the only other times Wesleyan has scored seven goals against a NESCAC foe.)
Wesleyan hosts Babson Sat., Oct. 15 in a non-conference battle for its next action. The game will be the team's annual "Play for the Cure" game to support the Komen Foundation and breast cancer research. Click < here
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