|Bates College||Wesleyan University|
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — The Bates field hockey team won its third consecutive game with a 4-2 victory over Wesleyan University Saturday afternoon.
Junior Taylor Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) tallied a pair of goals for the Bobcats (3-3, 1-2 NESCAC) against the Cardinals (2-4, 0-2 NESCAC), including the eventual game-winner.
With the game tied at one at the half, Lough put the Bobcats ahead for good in the 40th minute of action. First-year Emily Gianunzio (Darien, Conn.) connected with Lough who found the back of the net for the go-ahead score.
In the 59th minute, sophomore Victoria McGee (Scarsdale, N.Y.) extended the Bobcat lead to 3-1 with her second goal of the season.
The Cardinals responded in the 64th minute. After sophomore Alyssa Souza (Scarborough, Maine) denied an Ali Friend shot attempt off a penalty corner, Cici Frattasio cleaned up for her second goal of the day, cutting the Bobcat lead to 3-2.
But Lough and Bates did not allow the Cardinals to get any closer. The speedy forward scored her second goal of the day, and fourth of the season, in the 67th minute to put the finishing touches on the win. She led Bates with seven shots on the day. Lough’s four goals so far this year is tops on the team.
Bates tallied 22 shots to Wesleyan’s nine. The Bobcats also won the penalty corner battle, earning nine to the Cardinals’ five.
Souza and junior Adelae Durand (Cumberland, R.I.) split time in goal, with Durand playing in the first half and Souza picking up the win by playing in the second half. They made two saves apiece for the Bobcats. Meanwhile, Delaney Wood made nine saves in goal for the Cardinals.
Bates never trailed on the afternoon with sophomore Ally Leahy (Cohasset, Mass.) giving the Bobcats a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute on an assist from sophomore Grace Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.), her team-leading third assist of the season. Leahy’s goal is her second of the year.
The Bobcats’ initial lead did not last long, with Frattasio scoring the equalizer just 29 seconds later.