No. 11 Field Hockey Falls in ACC Tournament
Nov. 7, 2013
Newton, Mass. - The 11th-ranked and seventh-seed Boston College field hockey fell, 3-1, to No. 2 Syracuse, the second seed, in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Thursday afternoon. The Eagles (12-7) are hosting the conference championship at Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex for the second time in program history.
"This is a talented team," head coach Ainslee Lamb said after the game. "We had the motto of '25 Strong' and they really lived that motto and that was really exciting for the coaching staff. I think this is the most talented team I have coached to date at Boston College."
BC held an early 1-0 lead, but the Orange (16-2) answered with three straight, all in the first half, to move onto the semifinals. SU will face the winner of three-seed North Carolina and sixth-seed Wake Forest on Friday.
After significant pressure from BC in the beginning of the first half, the Eagles got on the board in the 17th minute as sophomore forward AshLeigh Sebia broke away toward the goal. A SU defender tipped the ball but senior forward Chapin Duke was there and took a diving shot on net. Duke tallied her fifth goal of the year to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
After sophomore goalie Leah Settipane made a kick save, Syracuse was awarded the first corner of the game. The BC goalie made a diving stick save, but on a second SU corner attempt as the clock hit the 22nd minute, Leonie Geyer was able to hit the back of the cage on a straight shot. Jordan Page and Emma Russell earned the assists.
Freshman forward Eryn McCoy and Sebia both fired shots on SU goalie Jess Jecko, but she made consecutive saves to keep the game tied before the Orange was able to take the lead.
SU went up, 2-1, in the 28th minute. After Settipane made back-to-back saves, Russell collected the third rebound and pushed it past the sophomore to give the Orange the 2-1 lead.
With less than one second left on the clock, Geyer fired the ball on net from the right side of the circle. Lauren Brooks tipped it past Settipane to give Syracuse a 3-1 lead with four tenths of a second left on the clock.
The two teams played to a scoreless second half. While Syracuse outshot the Eagles, 14-4, in the first half, the BC defense held the Orange to four shots in the second, taking four as well.
Settipane made nine saves in the game, including seven in the first half. Jecko recorded six saves on her 16th win of the year.
"It's really important to take away from this season that we had five incredible seniors - four who had the opportunity to be on the field and Nicole Schuster, who really led our program even with a medical redshirt; She had such commitment to find a way to help us. This class brought us to this level and our tribute to them is that we have to work to take the next step."