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The 17th-ranked Boston College field hockey team fell, 2-1, to 12th-ranked, cross-town rival Boston University on Friday night at Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex. All three goals were scored in the first half in a span of eight minutes.
"I am really proud of the team tonight," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "We prepared very well this week for this game. The BU-BC rivalry is always an emotional, intense game. I felt that we played hard and maintained our composure throughout the game, which is something we have been working hard on. I am really proud to be a part of this program right now and walk off the field feeling good about what we did out there."
The Eagles (3-2) outshot the Terriers (5-0), 14-10, and recorded seven corners to their opponents' five, which all came in the second half. Freshman goalie Leah Settipane tallied two saves in the game.
Prior to the start of the contest, the Eagles honored former player Kathleen Murphy `09, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis during her junior year, by presenting a fundraising check to the Eagle alum and MS Society representative David Young-Hong. BC field hockey has raised over $35,000 for the MS Society since 2007.
The Terriers stuck first in the game, as Leslie Zules recorded her first goal of the season in the 12th minute. Tabi Hatch's shot was blocked by a defender in the circle and Zules put the rebound into the back of the Eagles' net to break the scoreless tie.
Just over two minutes later, the Eagles fired three straight shots at BU keeper Valentina Cerda before freshman Jacqueline Kelleher was able to even the score with her first collegiate goal. With Cerda on the ground, Kelleher got her own rebound and put it back in to tie the game.
The Eagles tried to capitalize on five straight penalty corners, but Cerda made two saves and the BU defenders blocked two more shots to keep the game knotted at one.
At the 20:04 mark, the Terriers took back the lead as Nicole van Oosterom fired the ball from the top-left corner of the circle, past Settipane.
The second half was a scoreless frame for both teams. The Eagles pulled Settipane with just over six and a half minutes to play to add an extra man. Junior Chapin Duke took three shots on goal but second-half goalie Jess Maroney saved them all to hang on for the BU win. The Eagles defenders did not allow a BU shot with an empty net behind them.
BC returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. when they face Harvard on the road.