LEWISTON, Maine — Sophomore Kate Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) netted a goal in the 56th minute, but Bates College scored 4:25 into overtime on its way to defeating No. 2 Babson College, 2-1, in non-conference field hockey action on Tuesday afternoon at Campus Avenue Field.
Babson, which has suffered three straight one-goal losses to the Bobcats, falls to 12-2 overall. Bates, which picked up its first win over a nationally-ranked team after four one-goal losses this fall, improves to 5-5.
Bates led the offensive charge in the first half recording 10 shots and all five of their penalty corners, while Babson recorded two shots and two penalty corners over a scoreless 35 minutes.
The Bobcats struck first as junior Taylor Lough (Little Compton, R.I) converted an assist from senior Sydney Beres (New York, N.Y) for her team-leading sixth goal of the year in the 56th minute. Less than a minute later though, the Beavers responded. Senior Jacki Merrigan (Canton, Mass.) hit the post, but the Green and White scored off the ensuing penalty corner as Tango found Driscoll for her seventh goal of the season with 14:46 to go in regulation.
Both goalkeepers made big saves in the closing minutes of regulation as Bates junior goalkeeper Adelae Durand (Cumberland, R.I.) thwarted a Tango attempt following another corner in the 56th minute, while Barry somehow denied Bobcats' junior Jess Moriarty (Springfield, Mass.) who was all alone in front of the cage with less than seven minutes to play.
Tango had Babson's only scoring of chance of extra time, but her shot from the top of the circle was deflected out of danger in the 71st minute. Sophomore Grace Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.) finally broke the deadlock in the 75th minute when she carried the ball from the 25-yard line inside the circle and ripped a shot through traffic and past Barry for the game winner.
Durand finished with two saves for Bates, which held a 13-8 advantage in shots and 5-4 edge in penalty corners.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 12 p.m. as Babson visits Smith, while Bates hosts Tufts.
• The Beavers are now 8-11 all-time against Bates and have dropped five straight in the series going back to 2013.
• Babson is 2-2 in overtime games over the last two seasons with both losses coming to the Bobcats.
• Babson is 1-2 this season when being held to one goal or less.
• Tuesday's loss snapped the Beavers' seven-game winning streak in one goal games.