No. 9 Field Hockey Upsets No. 2 Connecticut in Overtime
Storrs, Conn. - For the second time this season, the ninth-ranked Boston College field hockey defeated a higher-ranked team while handing it its first loss of the season. The Eagles (10-2) tallied their first overtime victory, beating Connecticut (10-1), 4-3, in overtime on Sunday afternoon. Junior midfielder Emma Plasteras scored the OT goal in the 81st minute of action.
"This was a fantastic team win over a very talented Connecticut team," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "The BC players worked extremely hard to win - both on tactical and emotional side of the game. I was most impressed by the team's ability to rebound from goals against us and, in fact, elevate their play to fight their way back into the game. This game demonstrated tremendous character by the entire group and exemplifies our motto of `XXVStrong!'"
The two squads played to a 3-3 regulation draw, forcing the 15-minute, seven-on-seven overtime. They battled back and forth for the first 10 minutes before the Eagles used a free hit coming out of their own end to bring it down the field and center the ball. Sophomore forward AshLeigh Sebia took a reverse shot just inside the circle and Plasteras tipped it in at the 80:05-minute mark to give BC the win.
Sophomore goalie Leah Settipane made a career-high 12 saves in the BC win.
On Sept. 20, the then 17th-ranked Eagles defeated previously-unbeaten No. 5 Syracuse, 6-3, at home to open the Atlantic Coast Conference season. They beat No. 20 New Hampshire, 3-1, on Friday to improve to 4-2 against ranked opponents in 2013. The 10 wins on the year matches the win total from last year.
The Eagles get on the board first as freshman midfield Emily McCoy avoided one defender on the right side of the goal and crossed it to senior forward Virgynia Muma, who tipped it past UC goalie Sarah Mansfield to give BC a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute.
With 12:30 left in the first half, the Huskies were awarded their second corner. On a straight shot on goal, Settipane made a save to keep UConn off the board and keep the Eagles ahead. The defense cleared the ball, but a minute and a half later, the Huskies evened the score. Receiving the ball in the center of the circle from Anne Jeute, Sophie Bowden shot to the inside far post to knot the game at one.
BC retook the lead on a corner with just under four minutes to play. After Plasteras inserted the ball, she collected a pass from sophomore midfielder Romée Stiekema and put it high into the right corner. Senior midfielder Paige Norris also recorded an assist on the stick stop.
Connecticut retied it with just 42 second on the clock in the first half. After Settipane stopped another direct shot on a corner and the Huskies earned a free hit coming into the circle, the keeper was able to make the initial save coming at her from Marie Elena Bolles, but the ball wound up behind her and Bolles was able to tip the rebound in tie the game.
The Huskies broke the tie six minutes into the second half on a corner attempt. Roisin Upton got the shot past Settipane to make it a 3-2 game. Chrissy Davidon and Jeute collected the assists.
Just four minutes later, Muma evened the score as BC flipped the field on a 25-yard free hit in the Eagles' own defense end and fought to bring it all the way down the field. McCoy tallied her second assist on the day as she controlled the loose ball in the middle of the circle and got it to Muma for the equalizer.
With just under 18 minutes to play in the game, Juete had a clean shot on net at the top of the circle, but Settipane batted it down in midair and cleared it to keep the game tied. Both teams had penalty corner attempts with three minutes or less to go, but neither could convert and the game went into overtime.
The Huskies outshot the Eagles, 21-14, and took nine corners to BC's five. Mansfield recorded seven saves on the afternoon.
The Eagles return to action on Friday, Oct. 11 when they travel to Charlottesville, Va., for a conference matchup against No. 4 Virginia at 6 p.m.