Oct. 23, 2011
Hanover, N.H. -
The No. 12 Boston College field hockey squad defeated Dartmouth, 6-4, in a high-scoring matchup on Sunday afternoon.
Graduate student Anna Wetherall posted a hat trick to help lift BC to victory. Wetherall now has nine goals on the season and four in the last two games.
In addition to Wetherall, three other Eagles scored in today's win. Senior Courtney Tavener, freshman Sarah Hospodar and senior Carla Tamer also found the back of the cage for BC. Today's game marked the second consecutive game with a goal for Tavener, who lead the Eagles with 10 goals and 26 points. Today's goal marked the first of her career for Hospodar.
Boston College outshot Dartmouth, 14-12, and forced more corners, 10-5.
The Eagles broke the game open less than five minutes into play, taking an early, 1-0 lead on a penalty corner opportunity. The ball was inserted to junior captain Jacqui Moorfield at the top of the circle, who sent a shot hard and fast towards the right side of the cage, where Wetherall got a stick on it for the redirection past the Dartmouth keeper for the goal.
With 23:40 left in the half, the Big Green retaliated, converting on a corner opportunity of its own. When the initial shot was blocked by a BC defender, Dartmouth's Janine Leger took possession of the ball and was able to slide it to the far corner of the cage, past the outstretched stretched stick of BC goalkeeper Nicole Barry to knot the game at one aside.
Less than a minute later, Tavener received the ball and dribbled towards the left side of circle. The senior forward let the ball cross her body before firing off a strong backhand shot to make it a 2-1 game.
With just over 16 minutes left in the first half, BC made the most of another corner opportunity. After the Dartmouth goalkeeper dove to block the Eagles' initial shot on goal, Hospodar picked up the rebound and put it in the cage to give Boston College a 3-1 lead. Tamer registered an assist on the goal.
Less than two minutes later, Dartmouth scored on a direct corner. After the stick top, Kelly Hood to send a hard shot past Barry, making it a 3-2 game
Two minutes into the second half, the Eagles converted on a penalty corner for the third time in the game. After the stick stop, Tamer passed to Moorfield, who passed back to Tamer for the shot and goal, giving the Eagles a 4-2 lead.
With 24 and a half minutes left in the game, Dartmouth's Hood scored her second on the day to make it a one-goal game. Hood received the ball at the top of the circle and took a shot that popped high off her stick and into the cage over the outstretched fingertips of Barry to make it a 4-3 game.
Less than four minutes later the Big Green forced yet another corner and converted to tie the game at four. Hood completed a hat trick when she received the ball at the top of the circle and scooped it to send a lifted shot quickly into the back of the cage.
With 13:41 to play in the game, the Eagles' scored the go-ahead goal from the top of the circle when Wetherall found the back of the cage for the second time in today's game. Less than three minutes later, Wetherall completed a hat trick of her own on a goal assisted by sophomore Virgynia Muma to give BC a 6-4 lead.
The Eagles defense held strong for the final 10 minutes of play to secure the 6-4 victory.
BC returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 29, when the squad closes out the regular season at Wake Forest in a game scheduled for 1 p.m.