Oct. 26, 2012
Newton, Mass. -
The 16th-ranked Boston College field hockey team tallied its second Atlantic Coast Conference win with a 2-1 comeback victory over Wake Forest on Friday night at Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex in its final regular-season game. Junior Chapin Duke
scored the game-winning goal in the 68th minute to give the Eagles (10-8, 2-3 ACC) the win with her team-leading seventh score of the season.
Before the start of the game, senior captains Kara Mackintire and Jacqui Moorfield were honored with a ceremony for their four years of hard work, dedication and leadership.
After an early 1-0 deficit to the Demon Deacons (8-10, 1-4 ACC), BC answered with the victory to seal the fourth seed in the ACC Tournament, beginning on Nov. 1.
"I am really excited about how the team came out and played the second half," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "To be down 1-0, and have to play a lot of defense, they really responded. They took some really good risks when they had the attack opportunities and they executed them."
The two teams played to a scoreless first half, with Wake leading in shots, 6-3. Freshman goalie Leah Settipane tallied four saves. Classmate AshLeigh Sebia had a breakaway with nine minutes to go in the frame and beat Wake goalkeeper Kaitlyn Ruhf, but her shot hit the post. Duke also got a one-on-one opportunity with almost seven minutes to go, but Ruhf used a slide save to break up the play.
The Deacons got on the board in the second half as Anna Kozniuk used a reverse chip shot in the 46th minute to give her team the 1-0 lead.
With eight minutes to play, the Eagles pulled Settipane in favor of an extra man and, after clearing the ball from the defensive 50, pushed the ball into Wake territory. Duke was awarded a stroke and junior Paige Norris
took the penalty shot. She tied the game at one with her second goal of the season with seven minutes to go.
With Settipane back in net, the Eagles took the lead five minutes later as sophomore Emma Plasteras drove the ball into the circle and junior Virgynia Muma tipped it toward the net. Ruhf made the initial save, but Duke slipped the rebound past her to give the Eagles the 2-1 lead.
Wake earned two corners with less than a minute to play, including one with no time on the clock, but Settipane made two saves to preserve the BC win.
Eight of the last nine meetings between the two teams have been decided by one goal, including the last six. The Demon Deacons outshot the Eagles, 15-10, and took four corners to BC's two. Settipane made eight saves in the contest, while Ruhf made three.
The two squads will face off in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Nov. 1 as BC earned the fourth seed and Wake the fifth.