Oct. 14, 2012
Newton, Mass. -
The 24th-ranked Boston College field hockey team defeated No. 20 New Hampshire, 6-2, on Sunday afternoon, tallying its second straight win over a top-20 team. The Eagles (9-6) were led by freshman Jordyn Hamilton's
hat trick as they raised awareness and funds for cancer in the "Stick It To Cancer" Cancer Game at the Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex.
The six goals were the most BC has tallied this season. On Friday, the Eagles beat No. 10 Northeastern, 1-0. Sunday's win marked the fourth victory against a ranked team in 2012.
"What is most exciting is that we played two really good back-to-back games," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "That has been a challenge for us this year: We might play well on Friday and not as well on Sunday. This is a really big step for us. We've also been working on trying to break open the scoring. One of the goals today was to shoot. It's exciting to see the results of putting the ball to goal. I'm excited that the players reaped some reward for executing that goal."
Hamilton scored her first collegiate goal to give the Eagles' a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute of play. Junior Paige Norris drove a free hit into the circle and Hamilton used a reverse chip shot to put the ball into the high right corner of the cage for an early BC lead.
The Wildcats (7-7) tied the game seven minutes later on a corner. On their third consecutive attempt, Casey Pohlmeyer received the ball on the top left side of the circle and passed it to Megan Bozek in the center. Bozek slipped it past freshman goalkeeper Leah Settipane to even the score.
With just over a minute left to play in the half, sophomore Sarah Hospodar kept the game knotted at one with a defensive save, the first of the year for BC. UNH's Meg Flatley broke free and Settipane came out to knock the ball away, but Flatley got the rebound at the far left corner of the goal. Hospodar got her stick on the ball at the last second and deflected it away from the goal.
"Sarah plays at a consistent, elite level," Lamb said. "She has found a high level of play and has been able to maintain that each and every game. Her will to win is incredible. Those types of saves and that type of defense happens because of her desire for BC field hockey to be successful."
With eight seconds remaining in the half, sophomore Katlyn Soucy put the Maroon and Gold back on top. Off a long hit, she dribbled along the baseline into the circle, crossed the cage and found the back of the cage.
Hamilton scored 10 minutes into the second half to give BC a 3-1 lead. Classmate Soucy got a breakaway down the field and fed it to freshman AshLeigh Sebia, who dribbled into the circle and drove on net. Hamilton redirected the ball past goalie Carlie Tarbell for her second score of the afternoon.
UNH cut the lead back to one in the 58th minute on another corner attempt. Chandler Giese made the stick stop and passed over to Pohlmeyer, who slide the ball to Meg Carroll. Carroll tallied her fourth goal of the season to keep it close.
The Eagles broke the game open after that. Just 26 seconds later, freshman Kelcie Hromisin drove the ball on net and Sebia tipped it in to make it a 4-2 game. Junior Chapin Duke scored off Hromisin's second assist as the freshman brought the ball to the baseline and centered it to Duke at the stroke line. Duke put BC's fifth goal in with just under 10 minutes to play.
Hamilton finished off the scoring by netting a hat trick in the 65th minute. On a breakaway, she beat the only defender by going to her left and took another reverse chip shot just inside the circle. The ball nailed the back right corner of the net to give the Eagles the 6-2 victory.
"I am so thrilled for Jordyn," Lamb said. "As a freshman, you have to work really hard and she been putting in the work day in and day out. I am really excited to see that pay off for her."
BC outshot UNH, 22-7, notching 11 shots in each half. Settipane made two saves on the day while Tarbell recorded 10.
Field hockey teams around the country are participating in the "Stick it Cancer" national campaign to raise funds and awareness about cancer research. The Eagles sported pink warm-up shirts before the game and fans could donate to the National Foundation for Cancer Research.
BC returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 18 with a 7 p.m. matchup against No. 4 Connecticut at Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex.