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Field Hockey Earns Victory as Coach Lamb Gets 100th Win at BC

The Eagles presented Kathleen Murphy '09 and the National MS Society with a fundraising check prior to the start of the game.

The Eagles presented Kathleen Murphy '09 and the National MS Society with a fundraising check prior to the start of the game.

Sep 5, 2013

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Newton, Mass. - The 19th-ranked Boston College field hockey team earned a 3-2 victory over Quinnipiac on Thursday night on Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex giving head coach Ainslee Lamb her 100th career win at BC. The Eagles (4-0) stayed undefeated as they held a one-goal lead for the final 17 minutes.

"It was a battle," Lamb said after the game. "Quinnipiac has a `never say die' mentality. They keep working. When we were up, 3-1, our challenge was to play to win, not to hold on. We got caught trying to play to hold on for a little bit and that is dangerous. What I love about this team is its resiliency and the tremendous character it took to win the game today."

Prior to the start of the game, the Eagles presented BC field hockey alumnus Kathleen Murphy '09 and the National MS Society a fundraising check to help in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Murphy was diagnosis with MS in 2007 during her junior year.

The two teams played to a scoreless draw for the first 15 minutes of action before the Bobcats (1-2) notched a goal in the 16th minute. On a penalty corner, Christa Romano passed the ball into Amanda Danziger, who took a direct shot on goal. Jessica Rusin tipped it in to tally the first score of the game.

The Eagles answered four minutes later when senior Virgynia Muma scored off a rebound on a corner attempt. Sophomore Romée Stiekema's shot was blocked by Cate Colucci twice before Muma was able to gather the ball and slip it by goalie Megan Conaboy for her third score of the season.

With eight minutes to go in the half and the score knotted at one, sophomore goalkeeper Leah Settipane made a diving save on a QU corner to keep the game tied.

BC took the lead with no time left on the clock in the first. The Eagles were awarded a corner, and time expired, kept the ball in the circle, and giving them a second one. They got three shots off - one by Stiekema, one by sophomore Kelcie Hromisin and the final by sophomore Jacqueline Kelleher. Conaboy saved the first two, but Kelleher got the third one to go and the Eagles had a 2-1 lead heading to the break.

In the second half, Hrominsin made it a 3-1 game as Muma dribbled down the field and passed it off to sophomore AshLeigh Sebia. Sebia centered it to her classmate, who knocked in her second goal of the year in the 43rd minute.

The Bobcats cut the lead to one with just over 17 minutes to go in the game. On another corner, Kristin Engelke took a shot on goal and Ashleigh Allen tipped the ball over Settipane's head for the score.

With just 8:55 left and the Eagles up by one, Engelke had a breakaway with just Settipane back. The goalie came out to the top of the circle, sliding to kick the ball away from the attacking QU player and preserve the BC lead.

Settipane collected five saves on the day. The Eagles outshot the Bobcats, 15-10, while Quinnipiac tallied nine corners to BC's six.

Lamb now has a 100-60 record in her ninth season at BC. She is 141-107 in her 13-year career.

The Eagles travel to Amherst, Mass., on Sunday, Sept. 8 for a 3 p.m. matchup against the 14th-ranked UMass Minutewomen.

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