FIELD HOCKEY: Eagles Fall In Close Contest With Maryland
Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013 22:09
As a tipped shot slipped between goalkeeper Leah Settipane’s legs, No. 2 Maryland took the lead for the first time that night.
No. 9 Boston College had gained the edge early on from senior Virgynia Muma, who received a cross from AshLeigh Sebia, who had raced down the left side and crossed it to Muma.
This sparked a back-and-forth scoring spree, ending in the Terrapins hitting two in a row, while BC was playing with two players down.
The Maryland defense managed to keep the lead for the Terrapins at 3-2, as the BC field hockey team fell to 7-2, and 1-1 in the ACC at the Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex on Friday.
The first half belonged to Maryland, but the BC defense proved crucial in keeping the score at 1-1, when the half ended.
After Muma scored the first goal, the Terrapins notched a goal back quickly. They capitalized off of a corner, which was immediately sent to Ali McEvoy. McEvoy crossed the ball across the top of the circle to a wide-open Sarah Sprink, who ripped it into the back of the net.
This was one of five corners that Maryland received in the half, while BC had none of its own.
Maryland controlled much of the play, and had the better opportunities.
A stellar BC defense, however, added to by six saves from Settipane, held the Terrapins back.
“We knew we had to commit to creating great attack from awesome defense,” said head coach Ainslee Lamb. She added that they had been preparing all week for the pressure that they knew Maryland would put against them.
The second half saw play even out, as BC got more goal-scoring opportunities, including six corners.
BC once more continued the trend of scoring first.
On the Eagles’ first corner, Eryn McCoy fired a hard shot, which bounced off of the goalkeeper’s padding, directly into the path of Emma Plasteras. Plasteras slotted it right above a diving goalkeeper, to temporarily put the Eagles ahead.
But, two yellow cards, 47 and 49 minutes in, set BC back two players. Both penalties counted for five minutes that the players had to sit out.
Maryland scored its second goal 51 minutes in, and just a minute later bagged another.
Sprink recorded her second goal on the night, with a laser of a shot into the lower left hand pocket of the goal. This was off of Maryland’s lone corner of the half.
Then Hayley Turner finalized the game by giving Settipane a tough long shot to deal with, which slipped through the sophomore goalkeeper’s legs.
Settipane was pulled with five minutes left in the game in order to add another attacker in the field, but it was to no avail.
After the game, Lamb felt bittersweet of her team’s performance.
“I’m really proud of their effort,” she said. “I’m really proud of their work rate. I’m really proud of the level of play they presented today, but the bottom line is that we didn’t win the game.”