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Field Hockey Falls, 4-3, to Wake Forest

Maike de Jager

Maike de Jager

Nov. 3, 2011

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Boston College (10-9) field hockey squad lost a hard fought battle, 4-3, against Wake Forest (10-8) on Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC Championship.

The Eagles outshot the Demon Deacons, 23-6, and forced more corners, 11-3, in the outing. Graduate student Maike de Jager, junior Jacqui Moorfield and freshman Emma Plasteras registered goals for BC in the game. Today's goal marked the sixth of the season for both de Jager and Plasteras, and the third of the season for Moorfield.

BC's offense applied pressure from the start, making the Demon Deacons work hard to clear the ball out of their own end. The Eagles took advantage of an early penalty corner opportunity, jumping out to an early, 1-0 lead in the ninth minute of play. Senior Courtney Tavener inserted the ball to sophomore Paige Norris, who passed to de Jager for the initial shot that was saved by WF goalkeeper Kaitlyn Ruhf. De Jager then collected her own rebound and fired another hard shot for the goal.

Less than two minutes later, Wake Forest retaliated, as Lizzie Rae scored to knot the game at one aside.

With just over 19 minutes to play in the half, Wake Forest converted on a penalty corner and Rae scored her second goal of the game to give the Demon Deacons a 2-1 advantage.

BC forced two corners in the next 10 minutes, but was not able to convert on either of the opportunities. With just over four minutes to play in the half, the Eagles had a breakaway, as grad student Anna Wetherall carried the ball down field and fed it to Tavener, but a good save by Wake's Ruhf eliminated the threat.

Wake Forest extended its lead on its second corner opportunity of the half with less than one and a half minutes left, courtesy of a Jess McFadyen goal to make it a 3-1 game heading into halftime.

Both teams came out hard after the half and continued the physical battle. Boston College took advantage of a Wake Forest yellow card in the 45th minute that gave the Eagles a man-up opportunity. BC forced back-to-back corners, converting on the second to cut the Demon Deacons' lead to one with less than 24 minutes to play. The Eagles showed off their teamwork as Tavener inserted the ball to sophomore Nicole Schuster, who passed to senior Carla Tamer, who passed again to Moorfield for the shot and goal, making it a 3-2 game.

The Eagles continued to pressure the Demon Deacons defense throughout the half and knotted the game a three apiece with just over 11 minutes to play on a goal by Plasteras from the right side of the circle.

With two and a half minutes to play, Rae completed the hat trick for Wake Forest, as the Demon Deacons earned a quick break off of an Eagles' penalty corner to take a 4-3 lead that they would hold onto for the win.

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