Oct. 18, 2012
Newton, Mass. -
The 16th-ranked Boston College field hockey team fell, 5-1, to fourth-ranked Connecticut on Thursday evening at Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex. The Huskies (16-0) tallied three goals off corners in their win over the Eagles (9-7).
"My first thought was that UConn is very talented," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "It is a top-four program and they demonstrated that they deserve to be in that top tier tonight. I felt that we had an apprehensive first half, but I was pleased that our players listened and implemented the game plan in the second half. More importantly than tactics, their energy, pride and character were tremendous in the second half.
UConn started the scoring with a goal in the seventh minute of play. Marie Elena Bolles crossed the ball to Chloe Hunnable to break the scoreless contest.
In the 15th minute, the Huskies struck again, scoring off a corner opportunity. Vicky Arthur inserted to Chrissy Davidson, who made the stick stop. Louisa Boddy drove the ball to the back of the net to take a 2-0 lead.
UConn scored again on a corner just before the half, notching a third goal with just nine second to go before the break. Boddy passed off to Hunnable in the circle and Hunnable launched one to the high corner of the cage for her second of the game.
Boddy and Hunnable connected for a third time off another corner seven minutes into second-half action.
The Eagles got on board five minutes later, as junior Chapin Duke scored her team-high sixth goal on a breakaway. She dribbled to the left side of the net and UC goalie Sarah Mansfield made the initial save, but Duke was able to poke it past her to make it a 4-1 game.
Bolles tallied the final goal for Connecticut on a breakaway in the 65th minute.
Freshman goalkeeper Leah Settipane made five saves on the day, including four in the second half. The Huskies outshot the Eagles, 16-8, with all eight of BC's shots coming in the second half. UConn took seven corners to BC's three.
The Eagles travel to Syracuse, N.Y., to take on the third-ranked Orange on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.