Beavers Fall to Bobcats in OT for Third Year in a Row
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Grace Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.) scored 7:18 into overtime as visiting Bates College defeated fifth-ranked Babson College, 3-2, in non-conference field hockey action on Wednesday night at MacDowell Field.
Babson, which has dropped two straight games, slips to 7-3 overall, while Bates improves to 2-5 on the year.
Junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) and first-year Quinn Greer (Providence, R.I.) both scored, while seniors Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) and Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) each added an assist for the Beavers. First-year goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) finished with four saves in the loss.
Senior Taylor Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) had a goal and an assist and first-year Bridget Thompson (Newtown, Pa.) scored once for the Bobcats. Fitzgerald tacked on an assist and senior goalkeeper Adelae Durand (Cumberland, R.I.) made five saves to earn her first win of the year.
The Green and White took the lead less than five minutes into the contest when Roche redirected a blast from outside the circle by Tango for her team-leading 12th goal of the season. Riley made a pair of first-half saves to maintain Babson's one-goal margin, but Bates struck twice in a span of 44 seconds early in the second half to take its first lead.
Lough tied the game with a hard shot froma tough angle along the end line and then fed Thompson, who ripped a centering feed past Riley at the 41:36 mark for a 2-1 edge. The Beavers struck back just over six minutes later though, tying the game when Quinn tipped the ball past Durand after a free hit by Tango from the top of the circle for her fifth goal of the year in the 48th minute.
Durand made three saves over the final 16 minutes of regulation, including stops on both Roche and Tango at the near post over the final 90 seconds. Bates then converted on the first penalty corner of overtime as Fitzgerald controlled the insert from senior Emma Patterson (Denver, Colo.) and hammered a shot inside the left post for the game winner.
The Bobcats finished with a 12-8 edge in shots, while the Beavers attempted seven of the game's 10 corners.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Mount Holyoke at 12 p.m., while Bates visits Trinity at 11 a.m.
• The Beavers are 8-12 all-time against Bates and have dropped six consecutive games in the series, the last four by a single goal and the last three in overtime.
• Babson is 0-2 this season in overtime games.
• Wednesday loss marked just the third time in 62 games since 2015 that the Beavers have lost when scoring at least two goals.
• Dating back to 2015, 12 of Babson's 14 losses have come by a one-goal margin.