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No. 19 Field Hockey Falls to No. 14 Massachusetts for First Loss

Emily McCoy (pictured) and Emma Plasteras are tied for the team lead with five goals apiece.

Emily McCoy (pictured) and Emma Plasteras are tied for the team lead with five goals apiece.

Sep 8, 2013

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Amherst, Mass. - The 19th-ranked Boston College field hockey team shouldered its first loss of the 2013 season, falling to 14th-ranked Massachusetts, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles (4-1) came back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game in the second half, but the Minutewomen (5-0), scored two in the final 24 minutes to capture the win.

"We played a great 25 minutes in the second half but against a top program like UMass, it's not going to be enough to win," head coach Ainslee Lamb said after the game. "We need to commit as a staff and team to make sure that we use this opportunity to get better so we can make the most of this loss. That will be a critical step to get us back on track."

UMass notched the first goal of the game in the 13th minute of action as Brooke Sabia scored her sixth of the year on a centering pass from Charlotte Verelst after a penalty corner. The Minutewomen made it a two-goal lead to take into halftime as Lindsay Bowman scored on a corner with 15 minutes to go.

Less than three minutes into the second half, junior Emma Plasteras cut the lead to one as senior Virgynia Muma redirected a shot on a BC corner to the midfielder, who scored her fifth goal of the young season .

Freshman Emily McCoy tied the game at two, controlling the ball in the circle and putting it past Massachusetts goalie Sam Carlino on another BC corner attempt.

Molly MacDonnell gave the Minutewomen the lead back in the 57th minute, dribbling into the circle and getting off a low shot. The ball deflected into the goal to make it a 3-2 game. Seven minutes later, UMass tacked on another score as Sabia put one past sophomore goalie Leah Settipane on a penalty corner.

The Eagles called a timeout and pulled Settipane for an extra field player with four-and-a-half minutes remaining. They got off three shots, but could not close the gap and the Minutewomen handed BC its first loss.

Settipane made six saves in her first loss of 2013, while Carlino recorded nine saves. The Eagles outshot the Minutewomen, 24-18, and registered 12 penalty corners to UMass' eight.

The Eagles return to action on Friday, Sept. 13 for a 7 p.m. matchup at No. 16 Boston University.

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