Field Hockey Earns NCAA Tournament Bid
Nov. 10, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The No. 11 Boston College field hockey team earned a bid to the 2013 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament, which was announced on Sunday night. The Eagles (12-7) will head to Syracuse, N.Y., to face No. 7 Connecticut (17-4). They will square off on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.
The winner will take on the winner of Syracuse, the second overall seed in the tournament, and the winner of the play-in game between Miami (Ohio) and Michigan State on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.
Boston College has been a tournament participant seven other times in program history, most recently in 2009. Overall, BC is 2-7 in the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles earned first-round wins in 1994 (3-2, Northeastern) and 1998 (3-2, New Hampshire). In 2009, BC fell, 6-2, to Syracuse in Princeton, N.J.
Earlier this season, BC beat UConn in overtime, 4-3, handing the then-No. 2 Huskies their first loss of the season. In the all-time series, Connecticut leads Boston College, 19-11-1. The two teams have met twice in the NCAA Tournament. In 2005, UConn defeated BC, 3-2, in the first round and in 1998, the Huskies earned a 3-0 quarterfinal victory.
Connecticut is coming off being crowned the BIG EAST Tournament Champions in Storrs. The Huskies are appearing in their 25th NCAA Tournament and own a 29-22 all-time record.
All seven Atlantic Coast Conference teams earned bids to the tournament. Prior to this season, the record was five teams headed to the tournament. No. 1 Maryland - the 2013 ACC Champions, No. 2 Syracuse, No. 3 North Carolina and No. 4 Duke are all hosting. Virginia will play Massachusetts in Durham, N.C., and Wake Forest will take on Old Dominion in Chapel Hill.
The Eagles are led by first-team All-ACC junior midfielder Emma Plasteras with 33 points on 11 goals and 11 assists. She also holds the team lead with four game winners. Sophomore goalie Leah Settipane led the league during the regular season with 109 saves.