Nov. 1, 2012
Chapel Hill, N.C. - The Boston College field hockey team, seeded fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, fell, 3-1, to fifth-seed Wake Forest on Thursday afternoon. In the fifth straight meeting between the two teams in the league tournament, the Eagles' (10-9) comeback fell short.
"It's difficult; it's never easy to lose," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "The team gave everything it could in that game and that is all I asked them to do. I think that the future is very bright for BC field hockey. Overall, I feel that our achievements this fall were above and beyond."
The Demon Deacons (9-10) broke the scoreless tie with 7:20 to go in the first half. On its first corner attempt, Jess McFadyen inserted to Jess Newak, who stopped the ball. Jillian Anzalone drove on net to give the Deacons the 1-0 lead.
The Eagles had a few chances in the first half. Four minutes into the contest, freshman Romée Stiekema intercepted the ball at the 50 and passed up to classmate AshLeigh Sebia. Sebia's drive was tipped just wide of the net by a Wake defender. Junior Chapin Duke had a breakaway minutes later, but her reverse chip shot was high.
Wake made it a 2-0 game as Anna Kozniuk crossed it to Newak for the score in front of the net in the 56th minute.
The Eagles were awarded a corner with just under 13 minutes to play. Sophomore Emma Plasteras inserted to junior Paige Norris, who stopped the ball. Senior Jacqui Moorfield drove on net and sophomore Kaitlyn Soucy tipped it in to make it a one-goal game.
With eight minutes to play, the Eagles pulled freshman goalie Leah Settipane for an extra field player. Wake took advantage on a breakaway and Newak put in Madi Julius' pass for the Demon Deacon's third goal of the game with 7:10 to play.
BC outshot Wake, 11-9, and took six corners to the Demon Deacon's one. Settipane had one save in the game.
BC finished the 2012 season 10-9 overall, recording a winning record for the 14th consecutive year. Two seniors, Moorfield and Kara Mackintire, finished their four-year BC careers.
"We had two tremendous senior as leaders and we're very grateful to Jacqui and Mack," Lamb said. "They showed us what BC field hockey is and what is should be defined by."