O'Neil, Meedzan Lead #20 Bates Past Southern Maine

GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.) scored six goals and sophomore Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass./Miss Porter's) had six point on three goals and three assists to lead the visiting Bates Bobcats to 20-9 victory over the Southern Maine Huskies in non-conference action Sunday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

The win was the third in the last four games for the 20th-ranked Bobcats, and improved their overall record to 6-5. The Huskies dipped to 5-8 overall.

O'Neill had four of her goals in the first half as the Bobcats built a 10-5 lead by halftime. Meedzan had two markers and two helpers in the second half as the visitors slowly stretched out their lead.

Rookie Kathy Yannopoulos (Weatogue, Conn./Loomis Chaffee) contributed three goals to the Bates offense. Sophomores Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet) and Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass./Middlesex School) and senior Maggie Reilly (Wellesley, Mass./BB&N) had two goals apiece.

Senior Leah Elsmore (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Hathaway Brown) started between the pipes for Bates and had four saves in the opening half. Junior Eloise O'Connor (Loudonville, N.Y./Emma Willard) played the second half and stopped two shots.

Junior Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) paced the Southern Maine attack scoring four times. Sophomore Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) added two goals and had six draw controls. Sophomore goalie (Kim Vogel Sanford, Maine) was busy in the Huskies' cage making 16 saves.

O'Neill scored twice in the opening six minutes to give Bates a lead it would never relinquish. Turcotte cut the deficit in half for USM with 22.51 to play, but Bates would score the next five goals to open up a 7-1 lead.

The Huskies gained a bit of momentum over the final 13 minutes of the half outscoring the Bobcats 4-3 over that span to be within five at the break.

Meedzan and Turcotte traded goals in the opening three minutes of the second half before Bates ran off a string of five straight goals to expand its advantage to 16-6 midway through the stanza. O'Neill had the first two goals in the run with Shrewsbury, rookie Sarah Miller (East Aurora, N.Y./Buffalo Seminary) and Yannopoulos netting the next three.

Southern Maine travels to Rhode Island College on Tuesday (6:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference game. Bates will play at Tufts University on Tuesday (5:00 p.m.) in a NESCAC match.

2012-04-15



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