Bradley '19 scores twice, lifts No. 19 field hockey to win at Bates

Tatiana Bradley '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Tatiana Bradley '19 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Tatiana Bradley '19 scored two goals and the nationally ranked No. 19 Continentals rallied for a 3-2 NESCAC win against the Bates College Bobcats at Bates' Campus Avenue Field on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton (2-0, 1-0 NESCAC) trailed 2-0 early in the second half but remained undefeated with three goals in a span of 10:24. The Bobcats (0-1) held a 14-12 edge in shots and were awarded 13 penalty corners to the Continentals' seven.

Bradley has three goals this year and 17 for her career. Anna Villamil '22 notched her first collegiate goal, Lizzie Clarke '20 was credited with her second assist this season and 20th career point, and Keeley Duran '22 picked up her first assist at Hamilton. Julia Booth '19 made three of her four saves in the second half.

Victoria McGee paced the Bates offense with a goal and an assist, and Adelae Durand turned away six shots.

Bradley tied the score with 13:18 left in the second half and put home the game-winner with 7:12 remaining. Clarke sent the ball straight up the middle on a restart after a Bates foul. The ball skipped under a teammate's stick and bounced to Bradley, who was set up 15 feet from the goal. Her back was turned towards the goal, but Bradley redirected the ball into the far right side of the cage anyway.

About six minutes later Bradley advanced the ball up the left side, weaved past two defenders and into Bates' half of the field. As she turned towards the middle, she passed ahead to Maddie Beitler '21 cutting down the left side. Beitler skillfully backed her defender down into the circle before she got off a shot that was turned away by Durand. Bradley hustled to collect the rebound and score from the right side of the goal.

After a scoreless first half, Grace Fitzgerald's goal gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead following a penalty corner with 28:24 to go. McGee made it a two-goal cushion just 2:08 later. The Continentals cut their deficit in half with 17:36 left on their sixth penalty corner. The ball was inserted to the top of the circle and then passed over to Duran on the right wing. Duran's hard outside shot was deflected halfway to the goal by Villamil, who redirected the ball just enough to evade Durand.

Hamilton goes for three straight wins on Tuesday, Sept. 11 when the Continentals host former Liberty League rival Skidmore College at 5:30 p.m.