Lough, O'Reilly receive NFHCA All-Region honors

Taylor Lough and Caroline O'Reilly were both named All-Region by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association on Nov. 29, 2017. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)  

GILBERT, Ariz. -- Junior forward Taylor Lough and senior midfielder Caroline O'Reilly were both selected for All-Region honors on Wednesday, as the National Field Hockey Coaches Association released its Division III regional honors. Lough was named a First Team forward and O'Reilly a Second Team midfielder on the NFHCA Division III All-New England West Region squads.

Both Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) and O'Reilly (Longmeadow, Mass.) have received NFHCA All-Region awards previously: Lough was named second team in 2016 and O'Reilly was second team in both 2014 and 2015. Lough was also named Second Team All-NESCAC this year.

Lough and O'Reilly helped lead Bates to its second straight winning season and the program's best record in NESCAC play since 2002.

Both Bobcats played crucial roles 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. O'Reilly was also a major force on the Bobcats' outstanding defense that shut out Tufts and Amherst by 1-0 scores on consecutive days. Lough figured in three of Bates' four goals during the week and scored the game-winner against Amherst. She earned NESCAC, ECAC Offensive and NFHCA Division III Honorable Mention Player of the Week honors as Bates entered the national rankings for the first time in more than a decade at No. 20. 

O'Reilly has patrolled midfield for Bates throughout her career, tenaciously breaking up opponents' advances and driving the Bobcats' transition offense. O'Reilly also tallied or matched career highs in goals (2), assists (2) and points (6).

Lough 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.