Lough named to All-NESCAC field hockey team for second straight year

Second team All-NESCAC selection Taylor Lough tallied a team-leading 20 points in 2018 for the Bates field hockey team. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

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

Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) becomes Bates field hockey's first two-time All-NESCAC selection since Sarah Overmyer '05, who also earned back-to-back second team selections her junior and senior years.

Lough started all 15 games this season for Bates and led the Bobcats with nine goals. She also dished out a pair of assists, giving her a team-leading 20 points on the season. Lough finished tied with two other players for 13th in the conference in goals scored. For her efforts, Lough was recently selected to play in the NFHCA Division III Senior Game on November 17th in Manheim, Pennsylvania. 

During her four years at Bates, Lough played in every single game. Beginning her sophomore year, she also started every contest for the Bobcats. Bates made the NESCAC tournament three straight years from 2015-17, the longest such run since the team made the ECAC tournament three straight years from 1998-2000. Lough finishes her career with 29 goals and 15 assists. 

Perhaps Lough's greatest year as a Bobcat came during her junior season, when was also named second team All-NESCAC. 

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

Lough also scored three game-winning goals in 2017, 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. 

Most importantly, Lough shines in the classroom as a mathematics major, having been selected to the NESCAC All-Academic team and the ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA NCAA Division III National Academic Squad every year she's been eligible.