Lough named to All-NESCAC field hockey team

Taylor Lough was selected to the NESCAC Field Hockey All-Conference Second Team on Nov. 8, 2017. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)  

HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates College junior forward Taylor Lough was named Second Team All-NESCAC on Wednesday, as the New England Small College Athletic Conference released its all-conference teams in field hockey.

Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) put together one of the best seasons in recent memory for Bobcat field hockey, leading Bates to its second straight winning season and the program's best record in NESCAC play since 2002.

She scored 10 goals on the year, tied for ninth most in the NESCAC and the most for a Bobcat since Johie Farrar '03 scored 12 in 2001. Lough's 26 points are Bates' most since at least the mid-90's.

Lough also scored three game-winning goals, including a tally at the end of regulation to beat Colby 3-2 on the final day of the regular season, propelling the Bobcats into the NESCAC Championships for the third consecutive year.  

Lough played a crucial role in one of the most remarkable weeks in program history when the Bobcats beat No. 2 nationally ranked Babson, No. 5 Tufts and No. 6 Amherst over the course of six days, earning NESCAC Player of the Week honors as Bates entered the national rankings for the first time in more than a decade at No. 20. She figured in three of Bates' four goals during the week and scored the game-winner against Amherst. 

That same week, Lough was named Longstreth/NFHCA Division III Honorable Mention Player of the Week by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, and ECAC Division III North Offensive Player of the Week. 

Lough becomes Bates' first All-NESCAC honoree since forward Polly Merck '14 made the Second Team in 2012.