FIELD HOCKEY: BC’s Lamb Reaches Milestone In Win
Head Coach Earns 100th Career Victory With The Eagles
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 00:09
In a game of potential milestones, the Boston College field hockey team looked to defend a perfect record heading into its home matchup with Quinnipiac on Thursday night.
A combination of timely offense and effective goalkeeping late in the game from sophomore Leah Settipane propelled the Eagles to a 3-2 win over the Bobcats.
The victory not only marked BC’s fourth win in as many games, but also head coach Ainslee Lamb’s 100th career win at the program’s helm.
Before taking their place in the winner’s circle, the Eagles had to overcome two periods of closely contested field hockey. Neither team could muster any offense early on, as the first 15 minutes of play were marked by a scoreless defensive struggle.
Quinnipiac drew first blood less than a minute later, however, when Amanda Danziger turned a pass from the penalty corner into a direct-shot goal past Settipane.
Yet the Eagles struck back just over four minutes later when senior Virgynia Muma corralled a rebound and sent the ball into the goal, tying the game at one. The score was the veteran’s third of the young season.
After Muma’s score, Settipane stepped up and asserted herself as a game-changing defensive stalwart against Quinnipiac’s offensive attack. The sophomore preserved a tied score with a diving save to stop a Bobcat attempt from the corner.
Just as both teams appeared destined to enter halftime in a deadlock, BC beat the clock by capitalizing on one of its best offensive opportunities.
Following a corner attempt, the Eagles sent a volley of shots toward Quinnipiac goalkeeper Megan Conaboy.
Although BC’s first two tries were thwarted by the Bobcat goalie, sophomore Jacqueline Kelleher managed to connect on a go-ahead goal with no time on the clock.
Entering the half, BC had outshot the Bobcats by a substantial nine-shot margin. Yet despite attacking the net far more than their opponent, the Eagles entered the break with a precarious one-goal advantage.
Lamb’s home squad managed to add some insurance to its 3-2 lead, as sophomore AshLeigh Sebia connected with classmate Kelcie Hromisin to put BC up 3-1 early in the second frame.
Despite allowing two straight goals, Quinnipiac refused to go down without a fight. Ashleigh Allen sent a deflection past Settipane with 17 minutes left to draw her squad within one.
Ten minutes passed before the Bobcats made one last charge against BC’s defense.
Quinnipiac’s Kristin Engelke eluded her defenders and took off on a breakaway, leaving Settipane as the Eagles’ only hope for a preserved lead.
Yet the sophomore stepped to the plate at the game’s turning point, charging from the circle to disrupt the play with a brilliant kick save—the most pivotal of her five stops on the evening.
Engleke’s attempt was the closest Quinnipiac would get to a comeback, as the Eagles closed the game out to start the 2013 season 4-0.
With her 100th win as BC’s head coach, Lamb pushed her record on the Heights to an impressive 40 games above the .500 mark.n