GORHAM, Maine – Junior forward Riley Kundtz (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Hathaway Brown) scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Bates College Bobcats to a 4-3 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference field hockey game Tuesday afternoon at Hannaford Field in Gorham, Maine.
The win stops a four-game losing streak for the Bobcats who improve to 3-7. The Huskies drop their fourth consecutive game to stand at 6-9 overall.
Three goals from three different players staked the Bobcats a hefty 3-1 lead at the half. Kundtz put the Bobcats on the scoreboard first in the 12th minute when she redirected a pass from senior midfielder Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H./Plymouth Regional). Bates grabbed a 2-0 lead minutes later when junior forward Michelle Brady (Milton, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) knocked in an unassisted goal in the 17th minute.
The Huskies trimmed Bates lead to a single goal in the 24th minute as junior forward Kailey Bubier (Auburn, Maine/Hebron Academy) scored the first of her two goals with an unassisted strike, but the Bobcats closed out the half with a third goal in the 30th minute. On Bates' third goal of the half, Kundtz assisted on the play as sophomore Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass./Miss Porter's School) tapped in the goal off of a penalty corner.
In the second stanza, USM quickly returned the game to a one-goal match. Sophomore forward Natalie Harkins (Windham, Maine) finished an assist from Bubier just 1:37 seconds into the half for a 3-2 Bates lead.
The score stood at 3-2 for nearly 20 minutes before Kundtz scored the eventual game-winner collecting a rebound off of a shot from Brady for her second goal of the game in the 54th minute. The Huskies' Bubier pulled USM to within 4-3 of the Bobcats in the 62nd minute with her fifth goal of the season on an assist from senior back Joanna Gaube (Woodstock, Conn./Pompfret School). The Huskies had four consecutive penalty corners in the closing moments of the game, but the Bates College defense was able to withstand the Huskies' push for the win.
Bates sophomore goalkeeper Becca Otley (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) made six saves for the win. USM sophomore Kayla Kennedy (Windham, Maine) turned back 13 shots.
Southern Maine hosts Framingham State on Saturday (12:00 p.m.). Bates College travels to Connecticut College on Saturday (11:00 a.m.).