No. 7 Field Hockey Travel to No. 3 North Carolina
Oct. 18, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The seventh-ranked Boston College field hockey team travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on third-ranked North Carolina on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Eagles (11-3, 1-2 ACC) face the Tar Heels (10-2, 2-2 ACC) on an ESPN3 broadcast.
UNC leads the all-time series, 10-1, winning the last four meetings. BC took a 2-0 win in 2008. Last year, the Tar Heels earned a 4-0 victory at Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex. The closest match came in the Eagles' first ACC Tournament in 2005, when they lost, 2-1, in the opening round to the Heels.
The Eagles are facing a top-five team for the fifth time in 2013. They are 2-2 against them and 4-3 against top-20 team this year. BC was ranked sixth in the nation for two weeks (Oct. 1-14), tying second-highest ranking in school history. The highest came in 2006 when the Maroon and Gold was ranked fourth.
BC is coming off a 1-1 weekend on the road. The Eagles earned their fifth shutout of the year on Sunday - a 4-0 win over Longwood - after losing a hard-fought battle with No. 5 Virginia on Friday evening. They fell, 1-0, in double overtime.
Junior midfielder Emma Plasteras leads the team in goals (10), assists (10), points (30) and game winners (4). She is tied for first in the Atlantic Coast Conference for game-winning goals and tied for third for points, goals and assists. She and freshman forward Eryn McCoy are tied for the team lead with 36 shots. Sophomore goalie Leah Settipane leads the ACC in saves (88), is second with four shutouts and third with a .793 save percentage.
The Tar Heels are coming off their second league win, defeating Wake Forest, 4-2, on Saturday. Their conference losses came against Maryland, a 2-1 overtime loss, and Duke, which was decided on a shootout. They are led by Emily Wold, who has 20 points on 12 assists and four goals. Their leading goal scorer is Nina Notman (7). Three goalies have spent time in the cage, with Sassi Ammer logging the most minutes. She has a 6-2 record, a 1.36 goals-against average (GAA) and a .763 save percentage. Shannon Johnson has a 4-0 record with a 0.82 GAA and a .600 save percentage.
The Eagles have spent the entire month of October on the road, going 3-1. They will return to Newton for two games - against Harvard on Oct. 23 and to host No. 8 Duke on Oct. 26 - before the final regular-season game at Wake Forest on Nov. 2. BC is hosting the ACC Tournament for the second time in school history on Nov. 7, 8 and 10.