Oct. 6, 2012
Box Score Newton, Mass. -
The 25th-ranked Boston College field hockey team dropped a hard-fought match to No. 2 North Carolina, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon at Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex. The Eagles (7-6, 1-3 ACC) and the Tar Heels (13-1, 3-0 ACC) battled for a scoreless 53 minutes before UNC took advantage of its corner opportunities to get the win.
The two teams played a scoreless first frame. The Heels outshot the Eagles, 12-4, and took four corners while BC did not attempt one. Freshman Leah Settipane made four saves in the first half and the Maroon and Gold defense held strong to keep UNC off the scoreboard.
"Defensively, [senior]Kara Mackintire and [sophomore] Sarah Hospodar played out of their minds," Lamb said. "We really limited their opportunities inside the circle. I think defensively, we played well."
Nine minutes into the second half, the Eagles got opportunities to score, earning six corners in less than three minutes. Although BC took five shots, it could not connect and the game remained knotted at zero.
"On the attack, we have to have the mentality to finish those opportunities," Lamb said. "We have to execute the attack corners."
With 17 minutes to play in the game, UNC scored the first goal of the game on its first corner of the second half. Katie Ardrey inserted to Katie Plyler, who used to a stick stop to set up Charlotte Craddock. Craddock drove one on net, scoring her 11th goal of the season and giving UNC a 1-0 advantage.
A minute and a half later, freshman Kelcie Hromisin gathered the ball in front of the Heels' net and tried to slip one past goalie Sassi Ammer, but Samantha Travers made a defensive save to keep her team up by one.
With just over eight minutes to play, the Eagles pulled Settipane in favor of an extra field player. The Tar Heels earned a corner, and without a chance to substitute, BC had to play out the corner with no goalkeeper. Craddock tallied her second goal of the day on the same drive as Ardrey and Kelsey Kolojejchick tallied the assists.
Craddock tallied a hat trick with another corner opportunity, finding the back of the net on the same corner play in the 68th minute. Ardrey and Kolojejchick earned the assists again.
The Heels scored the final goal with 26 seconds remaining in the game. J Gaudioso Radvany dribbled into the circle and crossed to Loren Shealy, waiting on the right side of the cage. Shealy slipped it past a diving Settipane to give UNC the 4-0 victory.
North Carolina outshot BC, 22-12, on the day and took seven corners to the Eagles' six. Settipane made eight saves in the contest while Ammer recorded five.
The Eagles return to action on Friday, Oct. 12 when they batted No. 8 Northeastern at 7 p.m. at Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex.