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No. 12 Field Hockey Loses, 3-2, Against No. 6 Syracuse in Overtime

Senior Courtney Tavener

Senior Courtney Tavener

Oct. 21, 2011

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NEWTON, Mass. - The No. 12 Boston College field hockey squad lost a 3-2 heartbreaker in the last minute of overtime against No. 6 Syracuse on Senior Night at the Newton Sports Complex.

Senior Courtney Tavener and grad student Anna Wetherall, two of the five members of the 2011 senior class honored at tonight's game, led the offensive effort for Boston College. Senior Carla Tamer also tallied a point in the outing with an assist. The other members of the graduating class recognized today, grad student Maike de Jager and senior Catherine O'Brien, turned in strong performances for BC, as well.

Senior goalkeeper Nicole Barry turned in an outstanding effort in the cage for Boston College posting a career-best tying eight saves, including a powerful kick save late in overtime to keep the Eagles' hopes alive.

The Eagles allowed 17 shots while only taking seven, however, BC's solid defensive unit stayed strong in front of the cage, forcing Syracuse to take no-angle shots from the sides of the circle.

In the first half, the squads battled hard in a defensive stalemate with neither BC nor Syracuse able to find the back of the cage. After 33 and a half minutes of scoreless play, the Orange broke the game open on a goal by Jordan Page to pull ahead, 1-0. SU was able to take this slim lead into half time.

Both teams fought hard for possession of the ball in the second half and the Eagles hung tough despite being unable to clear the ball past their defensive thirty yard line for almost six minutes.

With just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation, junior Jacqui Moorfield sent a hard drive down the field to an open Wetherall, who carried the ball into the circle and took on a defender to draw a penalty corner for the Eagles. On the corner, Tamer received the ball at the top of the circle and sent a pass towards the right side for Wetherall, who sent a hard shot to the far corner of the cage to make it a 1-1 game.

Less than four minutes later, the Eagles struck again to take a 2-1 lead, this time in the form of Tavener. The senior forward stick handled the ball to the left side of the circle before letting the ball cross her body and firing off a hard, backhand shot that was just out of reach of the SU goalkeeper.

With just under five minutes to play in the game, Liz McInerney found Kelsey Millman inside the circle. Falling down, Millman took a shot that slid past BC's Barry to tie the game at two apiece.

Still deadlocked at the end of regulation, the teams went to a 15-minute, seven-on-seven, sudden-victory overtime. However, due to a late yellow card issued to Syracuse in the final minutes of the second half, the Eagles had a man-advantage for the first two minutes of the extra period.

Boston College had its chances in overtime, including an opportunity that let Tavener take the ball in front of the cage all alone before letting the ball slip away without converting.

The game-winning goal came with just over a minute left in the overtime period, when Leonie Geyer dribbled to the seven-yard marker and took a shot that popped high off her stick and into the cage over the outstretched fingertips of Barry to give Syracuse the 3-2 victory.

The Eagles return to action on Sunday, Oct. 23 when they travel to Dartmouth for a 2 p.m. tilt.

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