FIELD HOCKEY: Eagles Bounce Back From Road Loss To Overcome Harvard
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 00:10
After watching its offense stall in Saturday’s road loss to UNC, the Boston College field hockey team looked for redemption against a crosstown rival last night. Sophomore AshLeigh Sebia’s hat trick and BC’s defense coupled to snag a 5-2 road victory over Harvard.
Yet head coach Ainslee Lamb’s squad had to confront an early deficit, as the Crimson’s Marissa Balleza snuck a score past Eagle goalkeeper Leah Settipane less than three minutes into regulation. Balleza’s goal would be the first and last time Harvard controlled the game’s momentum before Sebia took over.The second-year forward corralled a pass from teammate Emma Plasteras in the circle and fired on Harvard’s net, beating Crimson keeper Jenn Hatfield to tie the game at one. Sebia single-handedly doubled her team’s score seven minutes later on a tip-in.
BC’s 3-0 scoring run culminated with Katlyn Soucy’s first goal of the season—an unassisted attempt that found a home in the left corner of Harvard’s net. Just over five minutes remained in the first half, and the Eagles enjoyed a 3-1 lead.
Balleza threatened to spark a comeback with a penalty-stroke goal over 13 minutes into the second frame, drawing the Crimson within one of BC’s advantage, but that score would be the final time Harvard would light up the scoreboard during the evening.
BC came storming back to tack on insurance, as Emily McCoy turned a rebound off of the opposing goalkeeper’s pads into an unassisted score—the ninth of her 2013 campaign. Fifteen minutes later, Sebia put the finishing touches on one of the Eagles’ most dominant offensive displays of the year. The sophomore deflected a straight-shot attempt from McCoy into the corner, solidifying her hat trick and giving her team a 5-2 lead it never relinquished. With her three-goal performance, Sebia now has seven scores on the season.
Possession played a key role for the Eagles last night, as they outshot Harvard with a 13-5 advantage in the second frame en route to ownership of an overall 10-shot margin. All but two of the shots Harvard was able to send BC’s way were smothered by Settipane. Her mark of over six stops per contest is the highest overall mark among goalies in a highly competitive ACC.
Last night’s mix of offensive execution and sound defense will be a pivotal formula for the Eagles as they enter the final stages of their conference schedule.