No. 14 field hockey edged by No. 5 Tufts 3-2

Paige Cote and the No. 14 Bates College field hockey team were edged 3-2 by No. 5 Tufts on Sept. 28, 2019. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- In a battle between two nationally ranked field hockey teams on Campus Avenue Field Saturday afternoon, it was No. 5 Tufts who edged No. 14 Bates 3-2. The Bobcats scored first and the game was tied 2-2 at halftime, but the Jumbos notched what proved to be the game-winner in the third quarter.

Bates is now 5-2 overall and 2-2 in NESCAC play. Tufts goes to 6-1 and 3-0 in conference action. Junior Emily Gianunzio (Darien, Conn.) and first-year Paige Cote (Auburn, Maine) each scored for the Bobcats. Marguerite Salamone led the Jumbos was a goal and an assist.

With 3:21 left in the first quarter, Gianunzio scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season to put the Bobcats on top 1-0. Bates earned a penalty corner and an initial shot by Cote was cleared away from the goal line by Tufts defender Melissa Manzello, but her clear attempt went directly to Gianunzio who fired the rebound into the back of the cage.

Claire Foley evened the score for the Jumbos with 7:08 left in the second quarter. Foley made it 1-1 off an assist from Beth Krikorian. Just over five minutes later, Reegan McCluskey put the Jumbos on top. Tufts capitalized on a penalty corner. Salamone inserted the ball to Brigid Gliwa, who stopped it for McCluskey to send home her shot.

With 40 seconds left in the opening half, Cote knotted the score at 2-2. The Bobcats earned a penalty corner in the final minute of the second quarter. Cote maneuvered the ball around the top of the circle before drilling her third goal of the season.

With 23 seconds left in the third quarter, Salamone gave Tufts the 3-2 lead. Following a corner, Salamone batted a pass from Gillian Roeca out of midair and into the back of the cage. The Bobcats had two corners and two blocked shots in the final quarter, but the Jumbos were able to hang on to their lead for the remainder.

Sophomore Ellie Bauer (Denver, Colo.) played the opening 30 minutes in goal for Bates and made one save. First-year Grace Biddle (State College, Pa.) came in for the second half and also made one save. Andie Stallman finished with three saves in all 60 minutes in goal for Tufts.

Bates held a 12-6 advantage in shots and a 9-5 lead in corners.

The Bobcats are back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 1 when they host Babson for a non-conference game on Campus Avenue Field at 7 p.m. The Jumbos will play a NESAC game at Wesleyan on Oct. 1 at 6 p.m.