BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Sophomore Taylor Lough scored less than two minutes into overtime to give the Bates field hockey team a 3-2 road victory over No. 8 nationally ranked Babson Wednesday night at MacDowell Field.
The victory marks the second straight year the Bobcats (7-5) have stunned the Beavers (12-2) with Bates defeating previously undefeated and No. 9 nationally ranked Babson 1-0 at Campus Avenue Field last season. The Bobcats are one of just three teams to defeat the Beavers since the start of last season, joining Mount Holyoke and No. 5 nationally ranked Tufts. Bates has now defeated Babson in four consecutive seasons.
The Bobcats picked up the victory despite being out-shot by the Beavers 14-7 on the afternoon. Sophomore goalkeeper Adelae Durand (Cumberland, R.I.) made six saves in just over 36 minutes in goal while first-year goalkeeper Alyssa Souza (Scarborough, Maine) made one save in 35 minutes.
Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) actually recorded the first and last shot of the game with her first effort in the second minute of action missing wide.
In the fourth minute, Durand made her first save of the day when she denied a shot attempt from Babson's Ashley Tango.
Bates got on the board first in the 10th minute of action. The Bobcats earned a penalty corner opportunity and sophomore Adah Lindquist (Wayne, Pa.) found Lough who blasted a shot that deflected right to junior Sydney Beres (New York, N.Y.).
Beres delivered off the deflection for her third goal of the season and the fourth of her career. Lough's assist marks her sixth of the year, tops on the team and tied for fourth in the NESCAC.
The Beavers had multiple opportunities to tie things up but were denied repeatedly by Durand with some help from first-year Alexa Jurgeleit (Barrington, R.I.) who made a key defensive save.
In the 21st minute, the Beavers finally broke through with Victoria Spofford scoring the equalizer off a deflection, her seventh goal of the season.
The first half concluded with the score tied at one, despite the Beavers out-shooting the Bobcats by a count of 10-3.
After halftime, Lough once again got the first shot off but was denied by Babson keeper Deirdre Barry just 50 seconds into the half.
In the 41st minute, the Beavers took the lead. Elise Towers had her shot blocked but Spofford was there to clean up for her second goal of the afternoon.
Trailing 2-1, the Bobcats needed a spark, and they got one from their highly successful front line of sophomores.
In the 58th minute, sophomore Jessie Moriarty (Springfield, Mass.) connected with Lindquist who tallied her third goal of the season. Moriarty, Lindquist and Lough, all sophomores on the same line for Bates, have combined for 12 goals this season. Moriarty's assist is her second of the year.
For the rest of regulation, only the Beavers managed a shot, with Staci Swallow missing wide in the 61st minute.
After sitting on the bench during the second half, Bates put Durand back in goal for the sudden victory seven-on-seven overtime period.
Junior Caroline O'Reilly (Longmeadow, Mass.), junior Samantha Reiss (New Haven, Vt.), junior Delaney Nalen (Greenwood Village, Colo.), sophomore Shelbie McCormack (Tyngsborough, Mass.), Moriarty and Lough joined Durand on the field at the start of overtime.
For the third straight period, Lough took the first shot. This time, in the 72nd minute of action, her shot went in, giving Lough the game-winner and her third goal of the season.
The victory marks the second straight overtime victory for Bates and their third consecutive win overall.
The Bobcats' seven wins this year matches their win total from last season. Bates hosts Southern Maine Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. on Campus Avenue Field. An eighth win would mark their most victories in one season since they won 11 games in 1999.