Oct. 16, 2011
DURHAM, N.H. -
The Boston College (9-6) field hockey squad defeated No. 8 New Hampshire (12-3), 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Wildcats' Memorial Field. With the win, the Eagles' snapped the Wildcats four-game win streak.
BC outshot UNH, 20-12, and forced more corners, 7-4.
Grad student Anna Wetherall and freshman Abby Bascetta tallied goals for the Eagles in the victory. Today's goal marked the first of the season and of her career for Bascetta. Wetherall tallied her fifth of the season.
In the first half, the teams were locked in a defensive battle, as Boston College and New Hampshire fought through 21 and a half minutes of scoreless play. With just over 13 minutes left in the half, the Eagles broke the game open to go up, 1-0. After BC was awarded a penalty corner, grad student Maike de Jager, sent a pass to Wetherall, who was set up on outside the right post. Wetherall was then able to redirect the ball past the UNH goalkeeper.
Two minutes later, the Eagles extended its lead to make it a 2-0 game. With the BC offense crashing the New Hampshire end, Bascetta worked her way along the end line, eliminating multiple UNH defenders along the way before taking control of the ball. When finally confronted by a sliding UNH keeper, Bascetta sent a hard, low shot underneath her pads for the goal.
With just over eight minutes to play in the half, New Hampshire cut the BC lead to one. Whitney Frates dribbled across the circle and sent a shot from the far right corner to score.
After three first-half goals between the two squads, neither team was able to find the back of the cage in the second half. Boston College applied a great deal of pressure and forced multiple turnovers, however, the Eagles were not able to finish on their second half opportunities. Senior Courtney Tavener had a goal disallowed after the ball bounced off of her body.
The BC defense held strong in the final minutes of the game, playing an essential role in sealing the victory. Senior goalkeeper Nicole Barry turned in a complete-game effort in the cage to help secure the win for the Eagles.