No. 11 Field Hockey Falls in Overtime in NCAA Tournament
Nov. 16, 2013
Syracuse, N.Y. - The 11th-ranked Boston College field hockey team fell, 2-1, in overtime to fourth-ranked Connecticut on Saturday afternoon at J.S. Coyne Stadium in Syracuse, N.Y. Down, 1-0, with less than four minutes to play in their 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the Eagles (12-8) scored to send the game to overtime, but the Huskies (18-4) managed to capitalize on a corner to earn the win.
"I am very proud of the effort our team showed today," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "The players demonstrated tremendous character and they played really hard to get the game to overtime. They responded really well when I pulled the goalie. As disappointing as this loss is, I am very proud to be affiliated with this team, this group of `25 Strong.'"
Connecticut scored in the 75th minute, notching a goal just over five minutes into overtime to advance in the tournament. The Huskies were awarded a corner and Anne Jeute collected her own rebound to net the game winner.
Sophomore goalie Leah Settipane tied her career high with 12 saves in the contest. She tallied 12 against the Huskies earlier in the year, in the Eagles' 4-3 overtime victory in Storrs. The netminder made nine saves in the first half alone, keep BC in the game.
"Leah is such a competitor, so after the game she was disappointed with the loss. Her play gave us the opportunity to go into overtime," said Lamb. "She made some incredible saves and made some really important ones early on that allowed us to stay in that game. She has definitely exceeded expectations for us this fall."
The Huskies were the first to get on the board, as Olivia Bolles carried the ball into the circle and centered it. Sophie Bowden collected it and tipped it to Chloe Hunnable for her 21st goal of the season at the 12:26 mark to make it a 1-0 UConn lead.
The Huskies kept the pressure on in the first half, firing off 18 shots and taking eight corners. In the 14th minute of action, UConn was awarded a corner but junior back Sarah Hospodar made her third defensive save of the season to keep the ball out of the cage.
With just over 10 minutes to go, Connecticut was awarded four corners in a row. The Eagles stayed strong, as Settipane made two saves and the defense blocked another to hold the Huskies to the one-goal lead heading into the break.
"All three backs [Hospodar, Jordyn Hamilton and Jaqueline Kelleher] played really well today," Lamb said after the game. "[Associate head coach] Kelly Doton has been working really hard to get them to perform at their best and I believe that today was one of those games where they did. I am proud of all three of them."
The Eagles held the Huskies at bay for the entire second half, allowing only five shots. As the game went back and forth, it took BC until the 67th minute to even the score. Lamb pulled Settipane with 3:51 to play in lieu of an extra field player, and 40 seconds later, sophomore forward Kelcie Hromisin knocked in a pass from junior midfielder Emma Plasteras to tie the game.
Game Notes: Connecticut outshot BC, 26-8, taking three shots in overtime while BC did not record one ... The Huskies were awarded nine corners in the game - eight in the first half and one in overtime - while the Eagles earned four for the entire game, three coming in the second half ... UC goalie Sarah Mansfield made four saves on the afternoon ... The Eagles are now 0-3 against the Huskies in the NCAA Tournament, 0-2 in the first round of action ... The Huskies will play Michigan State on Sunday at 2 p.m. for a chance to advance to the NCAA Field Hockey Final Four after the Spartans upset second-seed Syracuse, 2-1.