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No. 10 Field Hockey Ends Regular Season at No. 16 Wake Forest

Duke scored the only goal for the Eagles in the 2-1 loss to Duke.

Duke scored the only goal for the Eagles in the 2-1 loss to Duke.

Oct. 31, 2013

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The 10th-ranked Boston College field hockey team is traveling to Winston-Salem to finish the regular season at No. 16 Wake Forest on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Eagles (12-5, 1-4 ACC) are looking for their second Atlantic Coast Conference win, while the Demon Deacons (10-7, 0-5 ACC) hope to tally their first conference victory.

Wake leads the all-time series, 13-3, earning four of the last six victories. The Eagles took wins in last year's regular-season matchup, 2-1, and in 2010. The two teams have battled for the last five years in the first round of the ACC Tournament with the Deacons coming out on top each time. In 2010, Wake grabbed a 2-1 victory in overtime. Nine of the 16 all-time meetings between the two squads have been decided by one goal.

The outcome of Saturday's game will have an impact on both team's seedings for the ACC Tournament, which BC is hosting at the Newton Campus Field Hockey Complex on November 7, 8 and 10. A BC win will give the Eagles the sixth seed, while a loss will drop their conference record to 1-5, tying Wake, and giving them the tiebreaker and leaving BC as the seventh seed. Syracuse, North Carolina and Duke are all 3-2 in the conference, while Virginia sits 3-3, so most of the seedings will not be determined until all the games are played on Saturday. Maryland, ranked first in the country, is 5-0 in the league and locked into the number one seed, earning a bye on Nov. 7.

The Eagles are coming off a tough loss to No. 7 Duke on Oct. 26. Senior forward Chapin Duke scored in the 23rd minute of action and BC held the lead until the clock winded down to the end of the game. The Blue Devils evened the score with just 20 seconds left in the game to force overtime and scored the game-winning goal less than a minute in as BC had a player on the sidelines with a yellow card.

Wake Forest fell in its last ACC game to currently second-ranked Syracuse, 5-2, in New York. The Orange took a 2-0 lead into halftime and added one more before Kari Walkley notched a goal in the 43rd minute. A minute later, SU regained the three-goal lead, but Taylor Rhea added her 12th goal of the year with less than 12 minutes to play. Syracuse answered again a minute later, scoring the final goal with just under 11 minutes left on the clock.

The Eagles will host the ACC Tournament for the second time in program history on Nov. 7, 8 and 10. The first game on Nov. 7 is at 11 a.m. and pits the fourth and fifth seeds against each other. The No. 7 and No. 2 seeds battle at 1 p.m. and the No. 6 and No. 3 seeds end the day at 3 p.m. The semifinals will be played at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and the championship game will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. The first round of action will be streamed on ESPN3 while the semifinals and championship games will be streamed and broadcast on the ACC Regional Network. For ticket information, visit the ACC Field Hockey Tournament page.

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