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No. 22 Field Hockey Falls to No. 7 Virginia

Stiekema tallied her first point as an Eagle.

Stiekema tallied her first point as an Eagle.

Sept. 21, 2012

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Newton, Mass. - The 22nd-ranked Boston College field hockey team lost a tough battle to seventh-ranked Virginia, 3-1, at Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex on Friday night. After the Cavaliers (8-2, 1-0 ACC) took a three-goal lead, the Eagles (4-5, 0-2 ACC) tried to mount a comeback, but could not overtake the ACC foe.

"The team fought for 70 minutes," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "They didn't look at the scoreboard and think the game was over when it was 3-0. Proof to that was the ball they put in the net and the way they played the last 10 minutes of the game. I was pleased with their response today."

The two teams played a scoreless 15 minutes before UVA was able to notch the first goal of the game. In the 16th minute, freshman goalie Leah Settipane kept the game knotted at zero with a save on a direct shot during a corner. In the 20th minute though, the Cavs answered, scoring on another penalty corner attempt. Paige Selenski inserted and a quick stick stop pass gave the ball to Michelle Vittese, who dribbled to the middle of the circle and fired a low shot into the back, right corner of the net.

The Eagles thought they tallied the equalizer six minutes later as junior Chapin Duke put one past goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone, but it was called back due to hitting a BC foot. The game went to the half with Virginia leading, 1-0.

Three minutes into the second half, the Cavaliers increased their lead as Selenski was left alone on the left side of the circle and, after receiving the ball, centered it to Hadley Bell, who redirected it past Settipane.

Bell scored again in the 42nd minute after Rachel Sumfest broke free and Settipane came out of the net to stop the ball. The freshman netminder slid and stopped Sumfest's shot, but the rebound went to a waiting Bell on the right corner on the net, who tipped it in for the Cavs' third tally of the game.

The Eagles got one back in the 63rd minute on junior Chapin Duke's second goal of the season. On a corner, sophomore Emma Plasteras inserted the ball to junior Paige Norris, who made a stick stop and passed it over to freshman Romée Stiekema. The newcomer drove the ball on net and Chapin tipped it in for a BC goal.

Settipane made five saves on the day while Johnstone tallied four. Virginia outshot BC, 12-9, while both teams took four corners.

The Eagles look to get back on track on Sunday, Sept. 23 when they travel to Providence, R.I., to face the Friars at 3 p.m.

Lamb will look for the team to take advantage of scoring chances.

"We have to be more efficient with our scoring opportunities. It really goes back to training, practicing and having that mentality to put the ball in the net," Lamb said.

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