No. 9 Field Hockey Falls to No. 2 Maryland, 3-2
Sept. 27, 2013
"I thought we played really well," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "It's hard because I am really proud of the team's effort, work rate and level of play, but the bottom line is that we didn't win the game. It's a hard balance between recognizing their effort and getting our program to a point where we are winning these games. Overall, I am very happy with their performance."
Lamb noted the play of the defense, which sustained 10 shots from Maryland in the first half, allowing only one goal, as the two squads went to the half knotted at one. When the Terps were awarded three penalty corners in the first 4:30, sophomore goalie Leah Settipane made two saves on direct shots and junior back Sarah Hospodar blocked the third to keep the game scoreless. Hospodar also stopped a breakaway with a 6:30 to go in the half.
"The defense played tremendous," Lamb said. "I really believe that the solid defense led to some great attacking opportunities for us. Without our defense tonight, we would have had those chances."
BC was the first to get on the board, scoring in the eighth minute. Senior forward Virgynia Muma carried the ball down the left sideline and passed it to sophomore AshLeigh Sebia in the circle. Sebia dished it right back and Muma connected with the back of the cage for her fifth goal of the year.
Maryland answered three minutes later on a corner attempt. Anna Dessoye inserted to Ali McEvoy on the left side of the circle. After drawing the defense, McEvoy passed it across the circle to Sarah Sprink, who was set up on the opposite side. She nailed her fifth goal of the season to even the score.
The Eagles retook the lead early in the second half, scoring at the 36:24 mark. On BC's first corner attempt of the game, junior midfielder Emmas Plasteras inserted to freshman Eryn McCoy, who fired on net. Maryland goalie Natalie Hunter made the initial save, but Plasteras put in the rebound to give the Eagles the lead.
BC held the lead until the 52nd minute. The Eagles were given two yellow cards within two minutes of each other, holding players out for five minutes. The Terrapins were hit with a green card for a two-minute penalty, still giving them a one-man advantage. They tied the game on a corner as Dessoye inserted to Maxine Fluharty for the stick stop. Sprink scored her second goal of the day on a straight shot to the back on the cage.
Maryland then took the lead a minute later as the Eagles were still playing with a man down. Hayley Turner received a long hit in the circle on the right side and shot on goal. Alyssa Parker tipped it past Settipane for the lead.
McCoy tried to even the score with 12 minutes to play in the game on a BC corner. After a stick stop from senior midfielder Paige Norris, the freshman nailed a shot, but it clanged off the post, missing the back of the net by centimeters.
With 5:28 to play in the game, Lamb pulled Settipane in favor of an extra field player. Maryland was penalized with a yellow card, giving the Eagles a two-man advantage. Plasteras almost tied the game with a shot on a corner, but Hunter made a kick save to keep her Terps ahead.
Maryland outshot BC, 13-7, although the Eagles got off five shots in the second half to the Terrapins' three. Both teams took six corners on the night, all of BC's coming in the second half. Settipane made seven saves and Hunter recorded three.
The Eagles head to Dedham, Mass., on Sunday, Sept. 29 for a 2 p.m. matchup against Northeastern at Dedham Field.