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Field Hockey Earns Season-Opening Win

Freshman Eryn McCoy scored four goals in her collegiate debut.

Freshman Eryn McCoy scored four goals in her collegiate debut.

Aug 30, 2013

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Burlington, Vt. - The 19th-ranked Boston College field hockey team started the 2013 season with a win, defeating Vermont, 10-1, on Friday afternoon. The Eagles (1-0) scored eight second-half goals to earn the victory over the Catamounts (0-1).

"Vermont played with incredible intensity and energy," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "We responded to the challenge well and persevered throughout the game."

Freshman Eryn McCoy had a breakout first collegiate game, scoring four goals in the season opener. She put the Eagles on the board, scoring both first-half goals to give them a 2-0 lead in the first 32 minutes.

"Eryn stepped up and found a way to get us on the scoreboard early and keep an attacking mentality," Lamb said. "Her performance today was incredible. It was a fantastic way to start her college career!"

After McCoy's first goal, a loose ball in front of the net, she nailed home her own rebound to give the Eagles a 2-0 advantage. With the clock winding down in the first half of play, the Catamounts cut the lead to one as Colleen Slaughter scored on a shot with 55 seconds to go.

BC scored eight unanswered goals in the second half, beginning with senior Virgynia Muma, who put back her own rebound five minutes into the second half. McCoy notched her third goal just two minutes later off a corner. Junior Emma Plasteras inserted the ball to senior Paige Norris, setting up McCoy. Her fourth score came on a pass from classmate Brittany Sheenan, drilling a one-timer to the back of the net 10 minutes into the second half. Sheenan earned her first collegiate point with the assist.

Eryn's twin sister Emily then notched her first score in a BC uniform off a corner just before the 50-minute mark. Plasteras tallied another assist on the play, passing to senior Hannah Mulvey.

Muma scored her second of the game four minutes later on a shot three yards out before Plasteras scored a goal of her own, maneuvering through defenders for an unassisted tally, giving the Eagles an 8-1 lead with 10 minutes to play. Sheenan scored her first collegiate goal off her own rebound just 52 second later and Emily McCoy wrapped up the scoring in the 66th minute.

Sophomore goalkeeper Leah Settipane played all 70 minutes in net, tallying three saves. When the game was close in the first half, she made key saves for the Eagles.

"Leah made two critical saves to keep us in the game," Lamb said. "It could have been a very different game if she had not made those saves."

BC returns to the field on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. to play Rutgers in a non-conference matchup.

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