Beitler '21 scores twice but No. 18 field hockey edged in overtime

#23 Maddie Beitler '21 scores No. 18 Hamilton's first goal against Bates College in the second quarter on Saturday at Goodfriend Field (Josh McKee photo).
#23 Maddie Beitler '21 scores No. 18 Hamilton's first goal against Bates College in the second quarter on Saturday at Goodfriend Field (Josh McKee photo).

Bates College's Paige Cote scored with 5:04 left in the first sudden-victory overtime period and lifted the Bobcats to a 3-2 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Goodfriend Field on Saturday.

Bates was awarded a penalty corner and Grace Fitzgerald inserted it to Cote who slapped a hard shot past the outstretched leg of Continentals' goalie Maggie Reville '22 (one save). The Bobcats – playing their season opener -- held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 during regulation.

The nationally ranked No. 18 Continentals (1-1, 0-1 NESCAC) held a 16-7 advantage in shots and doubled up Bates 12-6 in penalty corners, but needed a goal with 5:23 remaining in the fourth quarter to send the contest to an extra period. Hamilton breezed to a 7-0 win against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in non-conference play on Wednesday night.

Maddie Beitler '21 scored both goals for the Continentals and leads the team with three. The multi-goal game was the second of her Hamilton career. She also scored twice in her first collegiate action on Sept. 6, 2017 against RPI.

Lizzie Clarke '20 and Tracey Stafford '23 were credited with assists for the Continentals. Clarke picked up her second this year and the 14th of her career. Stafford's helper was her first collegiate point.

Bridget Thompson gave the Bobcats an early 1-0 lead 4:31 into the first quarter. Riley Burns' shot off a penalty corner was blocked. The loose ball was controlled by Thompson and she whacked a shot into the back of the cage.

Beitler tied the score just 1:31 into the second quarter. Stafford carried the ball towards the cage and dished off to her right to Beitler for a shot from point-blank range.
Abigail Ford put Bates ahead again with 4:25 to go in the second. Fitzgerald had the ball near the end line to the left of the goal and her seeing-eye pass found its way through several players to Ford near the back post where she redirected it into an open cage.

Hamilton outshot the Bobcats 7-1 in the third quarter and had six corners to none for Bates, but didn't draw even again until Beitler connected with 5:23 left in the fourth. Clarke hammered a shot off a penalty corner that was deflected high in the air and Beitler knocked it in from near the left post.

With four players taken away from each side in overtime, the Continentals took advantage of the suddenly wide-open field and nearly scored the game-winner about a minute before the Bobcats ended it. Michaela Giuttari '20, who is second on Hamilton's career list with 49 goals, was stopped on a breakaway opportunity by Grace Biddle (three saves). Sarah Pierpont '21 had joined Giuttari on the rush and immediately seized control of the loose ball but her shot was denied on a critical defensive save by Alexa Jurgeleit.

Ellie Bauer started in goal for Bates and made three saves in the first half. Biddle relieved Bauer at the start of the third quarter.

The Continentals travel to Skidmore College for a non-conference game on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The Bobcats host in-state rival Bowdoin College in NESCAC action on Wednesday, Sept. 11.