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Field hockey falls in final seconds, Cassidy ties record

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Despite the record-tying 15th goal of the season from Colby College's Georgia Cassidy, Taylor Lough scored her second of two goals on the night with just 7.5 seconds left in the game to lift Bates College to a 3-2 victory over Colby College in NESCAC field hockey Wednesday night at Bill Alfond Field.

With all the other NESCAC games done earlier, Bates and Colby went into the second half knowing the winner would advance to Saturday's quarterfinal round while the losing team would have their season ended. The Bobcats earned the eighth seed and will play at top-seeded Middlebury on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Game highlights
* Bates (9-6 overall, 5-5 NESCAC) picked off a clearing pass and strung together some nice passes on the game-winning goal. Ally Leahy took a pass on the left side of the goal and her centering pass was controlled and turned on by Lough for the score.
* Colby's Georgia Cassidy (pictured) scored with 8:58 left in the game to tie the score at 2-2. She tied the single season record for goals in a season (15) with three-time All-American Wendy Bonner. Cassidy took a pass up high from Delaney Keithley, went to her right, and ripped a blast from just inside the circle.
* The Mules took a 1-0 lead at 14:40 of the first half when Eliza Mell scored from in front off a pass from Cassidy. 
* The Bobcats tied the game at 1-1 at 22:47 on Isa Garcia-Moreno's goal. She came from the right side and had her original shot saved by Colby goaltender Riley Whitmyer. Garcia-Moreno, though, knocked in her rebound.
* Lough scored her first goal of the game to give Bates a 2-1 lead at 48:19. She took a long pass from Caroline O'Reilly and turned a ripped a low shot for the score.
By the numbers
* The Bobcats had a 16-7 advantage in shots and a 12-3 margin in penalty corners. 
* Whitmyer made six of her nine saves in the second half for the Mules. Adelae Durand was credited with one save for the Bobcats.
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