FIELD HOCKEY: BC Tops UNH
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 23:10
The ninth ranked Boston College field hockey team (9-2, 1-1 ACC) squared off in a pivotal non-conference matchup Friday afternoon against No. 20 New Hampshire (5-5) at Memorial field in Durham. The Eagles combined timely offense with a consistent defensive effort to earn a 3-1 victory. This marked BC’s third win of the season over a ranked opponent.
The Eagles were able to maintain the lead for the remainder of the match after striking first. The scoring play developed when sophomore AshLeigh Sebia intercepted a UNH clearing attempt. From there, Sebia passed the ball to sophomore Kelcie Hromisin, who used a give-and-go to find Sebia inside the circle for her third goal of the year just 3:32 into the match.
The Eagles wasted no time in extending their lead. Seven minutes into the half, junior Emma Plasteras one timed a shot from the top of the circle for an unassisted goal. This score put the Eagles up 2-0.
The Eagles had to battle hard to keep UNH off of the board for the remainder of the first half. The Wildcats had their best scoring opportunity of the half during the 34th minute, when senior Megan Bozek was taken down inside the box by Eagles sophomore goalie Leah Settipane. Bozek was awarded a penalty stroke, which she was unable to convert, clanking it off of the crossbar and keeping the Eagles’ lead at two.
With the second half underway, Bozek was able to redeem herself for the Wildcats. In the 58th minute of play, Bozek was again given a penalty stroke. This time, Bozek found the back left side of the net to register her fifth goal of the year and bring the Wildcats within one.
Within three minutes, the Eagles found an answer when freshman Eryn McCoy tallied her seventh goal of the season from the circle off of a penalty corner. Plasteras assisted the play, marking her second of the game and 10th of the year.
After gaining a 3-1 lead, BC worked as a team to preserve the win. A good scoring opportunity came for UNH when senior Casey Pohlmeyer hit the post in the 62nd minute of play. Sophomore Jordyn Hamilton, however, made her first career defensive save in the 69th minute of play, denying the Wildcats’ best second-half scoring opportunity.
The Eagles were able to stand their ground defensively to close out the game. “The girls really persevered through a tough second half,” head coach Ainslee Lamb told reporters. “New Hampshire played extremely well. I was impressed by their play.”
Settipane recorded five saves for the Eagles, compared to two saves from UNH junior goalie Carlie Tarbell. BC held the advantage offensively, outshooting UNH 15-7 in the game.
In finishing out the game, the Eagles showed cohesion as a team. “We have to learn how to continue to play at a consistent high level for the entire game and UNH challenged us with that today,” Lamb said. “We want to refocus our tactics and combine that disciplined play with the energy that we have brought to every game this far.”