FIELD HOCKEY: BC Defense Blanks Providence
Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013 22:09
Hoping to rebound from a heartbreaking home loss to Maryland, the Boston College field hockey team traveled to Northeastern for a crosstown duel with the Huskies.
Sophomore goalie Leah Settipane and the Eagle defense delivered a brilliant effort yesterday afternoon, as they shut the Huskie offense down in a dominant 3-0 victory.
The shutout was the fourth of the Eagles’ season, marking their eighth victory in their first 10 games of 2013.
For the first 33 minutes of play, both squads were deadlocked in a defensive struggle. Yet BC’s offensive attack broke through late in a first half that had been poised to remain scoreless.
Freshman midfielder Emily McCoy corralled a corner from junior Emma Plasteras and sent it into the Northeastern goal for the contest’s first score. The goal was the only conversion either offense could muster on a combined 10 shots throughout the half.
With the second frame underway and McCoy’s initial score a distant memory, the game retook the appearance of a back-and-forth affair. Nearly 20 minutes passed before Plasteras again played the role of catalyst.
BC’s junior goal-scorer dished the ball to senior Hannah Mulvey, who stopped the pass with her stick before relaying it to McCoy. Once again, the rookie squared off with Northeastern goalkeeper Becky Garner and walked away with a goal.
McCoy’s second-frame score was her second of the game and seventh of the season—tying teammate Plasteras for the most on a potent Eagle squad.
Settipane continued her string of dominant play between the pipes, stopping both shots sent her way on a day when BC dominated ball possession. The ACC’s leader in saves per game kept Northeastern off the scoreboard while her team tried to muster some offensive execution of its own.
Although two goals were more than enough for Settipane and the BC defense, the Eagle attack was poised to tack on insurance three minutes after McCoy’s strike. Rookie Leah Froman received Plasteras’s team-leading ninth assist and sent a shot screaming past Garner for her first career goal. The veteran-rookie connection put BC up 3-0 and sealed a much-needed road win.
While the Eagles’ record stands at six games above the .500 mark, they remain entrenched in one of the country’s strongest conferences. For head coach Ainslee Lamb and her BC squad, the best recipe for keeping pace in the ACC is to maintain another winning streak.