FIELD HOCKEY: BC Offense Struggles Early In Conference Duel With No. 3 UNC
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 09:10
The Boston College women’s field hockey team dropped its third ACC game of the season on Saturday, falling 5-2 after traveling to face rival No. 3 North Carolina.
The No. 7 Eagles were unable to overcome a slow start to the game that saw the Tar Heels jump ahead early on. With the loss, BC dropped to 11-4 on the year and left the team at just 1-3 in conference play while UNC improved to 11-2 on the season and 3-2 in the ACC.
The Tar Heels jumped out to an early lead when they won a penalty corner just 90 seconds into the contest. BC managed to stop the first attempt, but UNC immediately won another. The shot was tipped in at 2:36 of the first half and UNC took an early 1-0 lead.
Nine minutes later, the home team doubled the lead with a goal off another penalty corner and made it 3-0 just three minutes after that in the same manner. BC conceded six penalty corners in the first half of the game and North Carolina made the most of its opportunities to take a three goal lead into the half.
The Eagles made a push to get back in the game at the start of the second half when Emma Plasteras picked up her 11th goal of the season just over four minutes in.
Plasteras, the team’s leading goal scorer, worked a nice give and go with Romee Stiekema that ended with a redirection at the left post that beat the UNC goalie.
Twelve minutes later, freshman Emily McCoy scored her eighth goal of the season off a penalty corner for the Eagles. Hannah Mulvey picked up an assist on the goal, which cut the deficit to one with just under 20 minutes left to play.
The Eagles were unable to get any closer, however, and the Tar Heels managed to close the game out with two late goals. With just seven minutes left, UNC regained its two-goal lead off a breakaway that Leah Settipane couldn’t keep out of the net.
BC pulled Settipane about a minute later to get an extra attacker on the field, but was unable to capitalize. UNC put in an empty netter with just a minute and a half left in the game to put the game out of reach for good.
Despite losing by three, BC was outshot only 10-9 and ended up with more penalty corners than UNC by an 8-7 margin.
Settipane made four saves on the afternoon, including a diving kick save on a Tar Heel breakaway when the game was still in reach.
The loss dropped BC to 2-3 on the season against top-five opponents and 4-4 against teams ranked in the top 20. It was also the team’s second loss in three games after winning six of its previous seven.
With the defeat, BC fell to sixth in the ACC despite an impressive overall mark seven games above .500.
Two of the team’s final three games will be against conference rivals in Duke and Wake Forest. BC will take the opportunity to snap a three-game ACC losing streak