FIELD HOCKEY: BC Outlasts Providence, Notches Seventh Win In Eight Games
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 01:09
With the added pressure of a big win over a highly-ranked opponent just two nights before, the women of the Boston College field hockey team had their work cut out for them in a regional matchup against Providence College on Monday.
“It probably makes this game even more critical, to be honest. It’s exciting to have that upset against Syracuse and it was a great team win, but the regional play for us is really, really important and one of the team goals is to be, you know, number one in the region and in order to do that you have to win those regional games,” said head coach Ainslee Lamb on the buildup following the Syracuse win. “I think it was great to use the momentum from Friday to go into today’s game. Certainly it didn’t alleviate any pressure on today’s game.”
The Eagles didn’t let the pressure get to them and ended yesterday one step further toward their goal. The Friars put up a strong fight, but BC came through in the end with a solid win to improve to 7-1 overall.
From the get go, the Eagles were on the offensive. Though Providence started the game with possession, it was BC that turned it around and had the first scoring chances.
Though the chances were ample, the scoring did not come quickly. With just under 30 minutes remaining in the first half, BC took five corners in quick succession as the Friars kept fouling within the scoring area, but Providence’s Deidra Clymer remained steady in goal, getting behind each of the shots.
Lamb was not discouraged by the lack of capitalization off of the corners, though. Rather, she saw it as an important thing to notice and improve on.
“I think their goal is to score one of five—I think that’s probably a realistic goal on attack penalty corners,” she said. “It’s something that we need to put time into, and it’s something I think they have the desire to be really good at, so we have to give them the opportunity to train it.”
BC had another close miss just minutes later as a shot from freshman standout Eryn McCoy ricocheted off of the post. The first scoring chances for Providence came in the form of two corners with about 18 minutes remaining in the half, but this time it was Leah Settipane’s turn to block shots in BC’s favor.
It wasn’t until just 10 minutes remained in the half that a tally was made on the scoreboard. This time, it was another McCoy that stepped in and got redemption for the near miss earlier in the half.
Emily McCoy shot a bullet right past Clymer when she rebounded the ball off of a corner. The goal was assisted by Paige Norris and Sarah Hospodar.
Lamb was quick to praise the performance of both of the McCoys after the game.
“I think what’s really exciting is they haven’t come anywhere close even to reaching their potential, and they’re playing at a very high level already,” she said. “They’re definitely a lot of fun to watch. “
Up 1-0 with less than a minute remaining in the half, the Eagles had another two opportunities to improve their lead off of corners, but again Clymer stopped the shots and the Eagles went into the half with just a one-goal margin.
Regardless of their failure to capitalize on the late opportunity during the first half, the Eagles came out of the break on a mission and quickly tacked on another score. This time it was from Paige Norris who approached the net from the left-hand corner of the field and crossed in front, slipping in her unassisted shot. The goal came less than four minutes into the half and cushioned the Eagles’ fragile lead.
They surely had more scoring chances during the second half as they increased their offensive pressure, but the Eagle defenders and goalkeeper stayed on their toes and managed to close out the game, holding onto the shutout for Settipane, who faced a total of nine shots.
Lamb, who stressed the remarkability of the shutout, was very proud of Settipane’s performance.
“Any time you have a shutout—whether its one shot, or I think we had nine shots, you know, we were proof of it against Syracuse, we had six shots and six goals, so to have a shutout in the NCAA level is really difficult,“ she said. “She’s just performing at a very good level and I think her defenders in front of her want to work really hard for her, and those are two key components for her to have those shutouts.”
Overall, the win over Providence marked the end of a successful weekend for BC in which the Eagles progressed both in the ACC and in regional play