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Field Hockey Defeats Maine, 5-4, in Home Opener

Eryn McCoy scored BC's game winner in the 54th minute.

Eryn McCoy scored BC's game winner in the 54th minute.

Sep 3, 2013

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Newton, Mass. - The 19th-ranked Boston College field hockey team improved to 3-0 with a 5-4, comeback win over Maine on Tuesday afternoon at the Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex. The Eagles overcame a 2-0 deficit early in the home opener to stay undefeated.

"It was a tough game but what I was impressed with the most was that the team really showed a lot of persistence and persevered through a lot of pressure," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "It is really difficult to go down, 2-0, and show the character to come back. It's difficult to keep getting scored on and come back. Then they had the other situation when there are leading and then had to maintain it. The game itself presented a lot of different tactical situations, which is a good thing, but more importantly, they should resilience, which I was really proud of."

Maine's Nicole Sevey intercepted a BC pass and dumped it to Holly Steward in the second minute of play to start the game's scoring. The Black Bears (0-3) took a 2-0 lead four minutes later when Marissa Shaw slipped one past sophomore goalkeeper Leah Settipane on a scramble in front of the net.

In the 10th minute of action, junior Emma Plasteras put the Eagles on the board as she started a corner, passing to senior Paige Norris, who stopped it. Sophomore Romée Stiekema fired it on net and Plasteras tipped it in to cut the lead to one.

Freshman Emily McCoy tied the game at two in the 19th minute on another corner for the Eagles. Plasteras inserted and Norris stick stopped the ball, which McCoy launched to the back of the cage for her third goal of the season.

The two teams started the second half knotted at two, but the Black Bears were the first to break the tie. Stewart tipped in Kaitlynn Stymiest's shot with just over three minutes played in the second half.

Plasteras evened the score with her second goal of the day. She tallied her fourth goal of the season off a rebound on a corner attempt to tie the game at three with just under 30 minutes left to play.

Sophomore Kelcie Hromisin scored her first of the season less than three minutes later to give BC its first lead of the day. Emily McCoy dribbled into the circle from the right side and centered the ball for the waiting Hromisin, who put it past keeper Natasha Ford.

Freshman Eryn McCoy then gave the Maroon and Gold a two-goal advantage 10 minutes later off another corner on a straight shot past Ford. Norris and junior Katlyn Soucy tallied assists as BC took a 5-3 lead with 16 minutes in the game.

Maine cut the lead to one a minute later as Cassidy Svetek scored, sending one to the lower left corner of the cage. The Black Bears pulled Ford for an extra player with 53 seconds left, but the Eagles prevailed and came away with the win.

BC outshot Maine, 23-9, and earned 12 corners to Maine's four. Settipane recorded four saves while Ford tallied nine.

The Eagles are back in action on Thursday, Sept. 5 when they host Quinnipiac on Newton Campus at 7 p.m. for the seventh annual MS Fundraiser Game in honor of former player Kathleen Murphy '08. Donations for National MS Society can be made online here and they will also be collected at the field on game day.

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