Sept. 14, 2012
College Park, Md. - The 18th-ranked Boston College field hockey team held a 3-0 lead over fourth-ranked Maryland, but could not hang on, as the Terrapins (6-1, 1-0 ACC) scored seven straight against the Eagles (4-3, 0-1 ACC) to take a 7-4 victory in the first Atlantic Coast Conference match of 2012 on Friday night.
"Our energy and execution were great in the first half," said head coach Ainslee Lamb. "It was challenging to sustain that level of play against a very strong Maryland team. They capitalized on their opportunities in the second half."
The Eagles took an early three-goal lead more than halfway through the first half before the Terps were able to answer with two goals of their own to close out the first period of play. Sophomore Katlyn Soucy put BC on the board almost eight minutes into the contest, scoring on a shot in front of the goal. Senior Kara Mackintire tallied her first point of the season with the assist.
The Maroon and Gold then took a two-goal lead on senior Jacqui Moorfield's first score of the season on a corner with assists from junior Nicole Schuster and sophomore Emma Plasteras, who inserted the ball at the 12:20 mark. With just under 10 minutes to go in the half, Soucy tallied her second goal of the game off a scramble in front of the cage to put the Eagles up by three. Plasteras tallied her second assist of the contest.
Maryland's Alyssa Parker got the Terrapins on the board with a tip in off a pass outside the circle from Megan Frazer just a minute later to make it 3-1. Ali McEvoy closed the gap to one off a corner with less than four minutes to play in the first half.
Parker tied the game a minute into the second half off an assist from Steffi Schneid and McEvoy gave Maryland a 4-3 lead on a penalty stroke nine minutes later. Goals by Frazier, another by Parker and one by Shelby Sydnor put the Terps up, 7-3, at the 68:15 mark.
Schuster scored one more for the Eagles, notching her second of the season, with 23 seconds to play, on an unassisted shot off a corner to make it a final of 7-4.
The Eagles return to action on Sunday, Sept. 16 when they battle James Madison at 1 p.m. in College Park.
"We will look to quickly regroup," Lamb said. "We will learn from this opportunity and prepare for the JMU game on Sunday."
Freshman goalkeeper Leah Settipane had three saves on the day, all in the first half.
The Eagles pulled Settipane for the extra field player with 4:34 to play in the game.
The Terrapins outshot the Eagles, 16-10, although the Eagles led in shots, 5-4, in the first half.
Both teams tallied six corners in the game. BC scored off two and Maryland off one.
Maryland has now won all 10 meetings between the two teams.
Junior Nicole Schuster now leads the Eagles with seven points off two goals and three assists.