Lough, field hockey pounce on Terriers for 6-0 victory

Taylor Lough's two goals and two assists, all in the first half, helped Bates win 6-0 at Thomas College on Sept. 21, 2016. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)  

WATERVILLE, Maine -– Sophomore Taylor Lough had two goals and two assists to help stake the Bates field hockey team to a 5-0 halftime lead en route to a 6-0 non-conference victory at Thomas College on Wednesday night at Smith Field.

The host Terriers drop to 2-5 in their non-conference schedule while the Bobcats improve to 3-2.

The Bobcats got on the board early and often, beginning with a goal in the seventh minute, when sophomore Jessie Moriarty (Springfield, Mass.) slammed in a pass from Lough for an early 1-0 lead -- Moriarty's third goal this season and the fifth in her career. 

Just three minutes later, Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) corralled a loose ball in front of the cage a to score her first goal of the contest from sophomore Adah Lindquist (Wayne, Pa.).

Bates continued the scoring in the 15th minute as junior midfielder Caroline O'Reilly (Longmeadow, Mass.) put away a loose ball in a scramble in front to increase the Bobcats' lead to 3-0. The goal was the first of the season for O'Reilly and the third in her career.  

Lough scored her second goal of the contest and the season in the 25th minute on a hard shot from 10 yards out. It was her sixth career tally.

With four minutes remaining in the half, Lindquist chipped in a goal on a pass from Lough to finish the scoring at 5-0 in the first. The goal was Lindquist's first this season and the fourth in her career.

The Bobcats scored an insurance marker in the 51st minute, as sophomore midfielder Emma Patterson (Denver, Colo.) slammed in a loose ball in front the Thomas goal to end the game at 6-0, Patterson's first career goal.

Senior Abbie Charrier was given the loss in goal for the Terriers, while turning away five shots. She was relieved in the 15th minute by junior Jessica Russell, who made five saves.  

First-year goalkeeper Alyssa Souza (Scarborough, Maine) earned the win in goal for the Bobcats, making one save. Sophomore Adelae Durand (Cumberland, Maine) played the second half in goal, stopping one shot. Bates outshot Thomas 21-7, including a 16-3 difference in the first half, and the Bobcats held an 8-7 advantage in corners.

Bates will return to NESCAC action with a pair of home games this weekend, hosting Wesleyan on Saturday at 11am and hosting Williams on Sunday at 1pm.