FIELD HOCKEY: Goals From Freshman Sisters Boost Eagles To 3-0 Start
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 5, 2013 02:09
Already 2-0 to start the regular season, the Boston College field hockey team hosted the University of Maine in their home opener on Tuesday afternoon. Despite an early Black Bear lead, the Eagles staged a comeback to maintain their undefeated season with the help of a duo of fresh faces and a two-goal performance from junior Emma Plasteras.
Maine came right off the sidelines on the offensive, slipping a shot past sophomore goalie Leah Settipane within the first two minutes to gain an early lead after intercepting a BC pass. Minutes later, the Black Bears struck again to take an early two-goal lead.
It wasn’t until the 10th minute of play that the Eagles managed to get on board as Plasteras tallied her first point of the game by tipping in a shot from teammate Romee Stiekema.
The goal cut BC’s deficit to one, and the Eagles kept the offensive pressure high as the half continued. Nine minutes later, the first of two goals from BC freshmen came when first-year Emily McCoy tied the game off of a corner from Plasteras and senior Paige Norris.
Neither team slipped any more shots past the goalkeepers during the final 16 minutes of the half, and they entered the short break in a 2-2 tie. The Eagles had all of the scoring momentum as the half wound down, but they lost it during the intermission and it was the Black Bears that broke the tie less than four minutes into the second frame.
The Eagles were not about to let the game slip away from them, however, and a quick response from sophomore Kelcie Mromisin for her first goal of the year restored the game to a dead heat three minutes later. Another goal, this one coming from McCoy’s sister Eryn, cemented the Eagles’ lead 10 minutes later.
The Black Bears were not done playing yet and made another strike just a minute later to cut the Eagles’ lead in half. After their lead was cut to one, however, the Eagles managed to hold on through the remainder of play. Much of BC’s success can be attributed to its defense, as the Eagles held Maine to just nine shots versus their own 23, and Seppitaine tallied four saves.
This 3-0 start is a reapeat from last season when the Eagles defeated Michigan State, Maine, and Quinnipiac to start their 2012 season. It was a solid start, but a 2-1 overtime loss to the University of Massachusetts in the fourth game of the regular season cut their winning streak short. Tonight, BC will hope to improve on last year’s start and make it 4-0 with a win over Quinnipiac.