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No. 11 Field Hockey Pulls Out 2-1 Win over No. 18 Albany in Overtime

Bob Dirks leads the team with six assists.

Bob Dirks leads the team with six assists.

Sept. 16, 2007

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Newton, Mass.--No. 11 Boston College notched its sixth win of the season on Sunday, Sept. 16, beating No. 18 Albany, 2-1, in overtime.

The Eagles were the first to score in the contest, as junior forward Bob Dirks launched a shot from the top of the circle and freshman forward Janna Anctil tipped it past the Great Danes' goalie. Anctil's fifth goal of the season came in the 12th minute of play. Dirks notched her sixth assist of the season, which leads the team.

The first half ended with the Eagles up 1-0. BC's junior goalkeeper Julia Berkowitz had two saves at the end of 35 minutes, as did Albany's Ashley Ross. Albany had a 4-3 shot advantage.

Boston College put the pressure on Albany for most of the second half but could not increase the lead. The Great Danes evened the score at 1-1 on a goal off a penalty corner. Sophomore forward Nicole Savage inserted the ball to freshman forward Anouk Vandenberg who dished to senior midfielder Michelle Simpson for the tying goal.

The Eagles out-shot the Great Danes 4-2 in the second half, while neither goalie recorded a save.

Senior forward Crystal Frates notched the game-winning goal 2:57 into the first overtime period. Positioned in the circle, Frates was able to flick the ball past Ross for the win. It marked her third goal of the season and her first gamewinner.

Head Coach Ainslee Lamb commended her players on their mental stigma in their second game of the weekend.

"Albany played a good game against us," Lamb said. "We were fatigued from yesterday's game [against Maryland]. Our team persevered. I knew the players were having trouble getting it done physically, but they did it mentally. They thought about getting that goal when they went out there [in overtime] and they did it, even through physical fatigue."

The Eagles travel to Charlottesville, Va. for their second ACC contest of the 2007 season on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1:00 p.m.

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