FIELD HOCKEY: BC Posts Upset Win Over Connecticut
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 23:10
Sunday marked the second time the Boston College field hockey team toppled a higher-ranked opponent.
Yesterday’s matchup in Storrs, Conn. featured a momentous upset, as the Eagles unseated No. 2 UConn in overtime. The Eagles came through with the upset and a final score of 4-3 after 10 minutes of sudden-death play. The victory marked BC’s 10th win of the season and confirmed its status as one of the nation’s top teams.
Leah Settipane put forth yet another outstanding performance in goal. Though the high-powered Huskie offense outshot BC by a 21-14 margin, Settipane remained steady with 12 saves to keep her teammates within striking distance all afternoon.
Emma Plasteras came through for the Eagles with one of her top offensive performances of the season. The junior midfielder scored multiple goals for BC, including the game winner in overtime. Sophomore Romee Stiekema scored BC’s and Virgynia Muma also came through for BC.
The back-and-forth struggle was established early on. After BC senior Virgynia Muma helped the Eagles draw first blood with an early tip-in, the Huskies countered with a goal from Sophie Bowden to even the score at one.
Sunday’s first-half fireworks were far from over, however. Plasteras scored a screaming goal off of a pass from Stiekema, but watched as her team’s lead evaporated once again when UConn struck back with only 42 seconds to go before halftime.
When the second frame began, it seemed as if the home squad had stolen the game’s momentum for good. An attempt from UConn’s Roisin Upton eluded Settipane six minutes into action, marking a 2-0 run and achieving a 3-2 Huskie advantage.
Yet just as they’ve done all season long, head coach Ainslee Lamb’s Eagles fought back and tied the score at three.
After Settipane thwarted UConn’s last-minute attempts to win the duel in regulation, both teams engaged in a 10-minute, sudden-death struggle.
The deadlock was broken when Sebia fired a reverse shot toward UConn’s goal. Before Mansfield could block the ball, Plasteras redirected the attempt with a game-winning, tip-in shot to seal a thrilling 4-3 overtime upset.
With their victory on Sunday afternoon, the Eagles improved to 4-2 against ranked teams on the season and maintained their position among a competitive pack of squads vying for an ACC title.