Nov. 16, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -
The Boston College field hockey squad was successful in 2011, finishing with a 10-9 overall record to notch the program's 12th consecutive winning season and seventh straight under head coach Ainslee Lamb.
The Eagles were ranked in the nation's top 20 for the entirety of the 2011 season, soaring as high as No. 6 in the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association (NFHCA) poll during week of Sept. 20 and earning the team's highest ranking since 2006.
This year's team scored a total of 57 goals, outscoring opponents by 19, and taking sixth place on the school's all-time records list. The Eagles also outshot their 2011 opponents, 312-204, and forced more corners, 137-93. BC made the most of its penalty corner opportunities, scoring more than one-third (38.0 percent) of its goals this season in that fashion. At the conclusion of the regular season, Boston College was ranked among the nation's top 20 for four statistical categories, including goals per game (3.0, 16th), points per game (8.33, 17th), scoring average (2.87, 17th) and assists per game (2.33, 18th).
Major highlights for BC this season included earning a 5-4 decision against conference rival Virginia in double overtime thanks to a hat trick from senior Courtney Tavener. In addition, the Eagles defeated three nationally ranked opponents in 2011, all on the road, and forced two more into overtime. The squad's first victory against a top-20 team came on Sept. 9, when BC earned a hard-fought, 1-0 decision against cross-town rival Boston University to take a 12-11 lead in the all-time series against the Terriers. The Eagles also downed then-No. 4 Connecticut, 3-1, and then-No. 8 New Hampshire, 2-1. BC forced then-No. 3 Maryland and then-No. 6 Syracuse into overtime before eventually falling to both of these teams in the final minutes of the extra-time period.
In addition to the successful season BC had as a team, several Eagles flourished as individual athletes in 2011. Sophomore Nicole Schuster
, who started every game in the midfield for BC, earned All-ACC honors following the regular season and was also named to the ACC All-Tournament Team. Tavener led the team with 10 goals and 26 total points. The forward was honored as the ACC Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 27 and has been selected to take part in the NFHCA's Collegiate Senior Game on Nov. 19. Junior captain Jacqui Moorfield
also received Player of the Week accolades for the week of Sept. 13.
Many of the team members, including head coach Ainslee Lamb and associate head coach Chris Clements, will be active in the field hockey community, on a national or international level, throughout the offseason before returning to the field for BC next fall.