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No. 6 Field Hockey Falls in Double Overtime to No. 5 Virginia

Sophomore Leah Settipane tallied nine saves.

Sophomore Leah Settipane tallied nine saves.

Oct. 11, 2013

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Charlottesville, Va. - The sixth-ranked Boston College field hockey team lost, 1-0, in double overtime to fifth-ranked Virginia on Friday evening at University Hall Turf Field. It took over 88 minutes for the ball to hit the back of the cage, but the Cavaliers (14-2, 2-2 ACC) prevailed over the Eagles (10-3, 1-2 ACC).

UVA was awarded a penalty corner at the 87:10 mark. Elly Buckley's shot was blocked, but the Cavs got a second corner just over a minute later. Kelsey LeBlanc tipped in Lucy Hyams' shot to score the lone goal of the game at 88:24.

"This was a classic Virginia-Boston College game. It was well-played by both teams and an exciting ACC field hockey game," head coach Ainslee Lamb said after the game. "UVA sustained a majority of the attack but the stellar performance of [goalie] Leah Settipane kept us in the game. We take away from that game that we are very close to winning at this level and I am confident that this team, this group of `XXVStrong,' will find a way to recover, learn and get better."

Sophomore goalie Leah Settipane made nine saves on the day before the goal on the corner.

Virginia outshot BC, 26-8, in the prolonged contest, taking 10 shots on goal to the Eagles' three. The Cavs were also awarded nine corners, while BC took seven.

The overtime contest was the second for the Eagles in 2013. On Sunday, they defeated then-No. 2 Connecticut, 4-3, in OT. They are now 4-3 against ranked teams this year.

It took more than 70 minutes for a goal in the hard-fought game. In the first half, UVA outshot the BC, 13-4, and Settipane made six saves. The Eagles nearly matched the Cavs in shots in the second frames, getting four shots off to Virginia's five.

In the 53rd minute, junior midfielder Emma Plasteras was given a yellow card, which comes with a five-minute penalty, but even playing down one, the Eagles did not allow a score. As soon BC was back at full strength, senior forward Virgynia Muma was hit with a yellow card at the 59-minute mark and the Cavs used their timeout. For a second time, the Eagles held strong and did not allow a goal while down a player.

With under three minutes to play in the game, BC was awarded its seventh penalty corner and sophomore midfielder Romée Stiekema got a shot off, but UVA goalie Jenny Johnstone made the save to keep it a scoreless contest.

In the final minutes of the first overtime, Virginia was able to get off three shots on goal, including back-to-back attempts. Settipane saved them to keep her team in the game. The Cavs were awarded a corner as time expired, but Carissa Wittese's shot was wide.

The Eagles will stay in Charlottesville and face Longwood on Sunday at 3 p.m. on neutral territory

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