LEWISTON, Maine -- First-year forward Taylor Lough scored a hat trick -- the first three goals of her college career -- as the Bates field hockey team scored a 4-0 non-conference victory over Thomas College Wednesday evening.
Bates junior Claire Markonic scored the game's initial goal in the second minute and added an assist for the host Bobcats (2-2).
Bates outshot Thomas by a 20-1 margin, including 13-0 in the first half, and the Terriers were unable to get a shot on goal. Abbie Charrier made eight saves for Thomas (3-5), while Bates senior Katie Knox (Bronxville, N.Y.) got the shutout.
On the first penalty corner of the game, Markonic (Millerton, N.Y.) finished off a pass from sophomore Samantha Reiss (New Haven, Vt.) that was poked by a Thomas defender but still found Markonic, who knocked in her second goal of the season.
Bates made it 2-0 in the ninth minute, connecting on four passes on another penalty corner before sophomore Caroline O'Reilly's (Longmeadow, Mass.) dish to Lough (Little Compton, R.I.) resulted in her first goal, scored from close range.
Bates controlled play throughout but didn't score again until five minutes remained, and Lough found the back of the cage on an assist by sophomore Caroline Gettens (Concord, N.H.). She struck once more in the 67th minute from Markonic.
Bates plays back-to-back NESCAC games this weekend, at Wesleyan on Saturday at noon and at Williams Sunday at 11am.
March 23, 2016 Field hockey recognized by NFHCA for academic excellence
November 30, 2015 Caroline O'Reilly named all-region in field hockey
October 28, 2015 Field hockey wins 1-0 at Colby, earns first playoff bid since 2010
October 24, 2015 No. 3 Panthers move past field hockey 5-0
October 22, 2015 Field hockey falls on penalty strokes at Southern Maine, 4-3
October 18, 2015 Amherst tops field hockey 3-0 with three first-half goals
October 17, 2015 Field hockey falls 5-0 to No. 16 Jumbos
October 14, 2015 Bates field hockey stuns No. 9 Babson, 1-0
October 10, 2015 Connecticut College tips field hockey, 1-0
October 7, 2015 Beaton, O'Reilly score as field hockey wins 2-1 at Endicott
October 3, 2015 Beaton powers field hockey to 2-0 win over Trinity
September 27, 2015 No. 18 Williams pulls away from field hockey in second half, 3-0
September 26, 2015 Beaton, Lough lead field hockey past Wesleyan, ending NESCAC drought
September 23, 2015 Lough's hat trick marks 4-0 field hockey win over Thomas
September 15, 2015 Field hockey holds No. 2 Bowdoin close for a half, falls 5-0
September 12, 2015 Field hockey plays well in 1-0 loss at Hamilton
September 9, 2015 Field hockey finishes suspended game vs. Husson with 4-1 victory
September 8, 2015 Youthful Bates field hockey team eager to go in 2015