March 7, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - No. 18/13 Boston College (3-2) fell to No. 7/6 Vanderbilt (3-1), 13-12, on Wednesday afternoon, despite a late, second-half run by the Eagles.
Freshman Mikaela Rix led all scorers with five goals and six total points in the outing. Grad student Kristin Igoe, junior Brooke Blue and freshman Covie Stanwick added to the Eagles' offensive effort with two goals apiece, while senior Brittany Wiltontallied one goal and two assists for three points.
Freshman goalkeeper Emily Mata turned in a strong performance, tying her season-high with seven saves. Senior goalkeeper Catherine Conway, who played the last 18 minutes of the game for BC, notched two saves of her own.
The Eagles played aggressively, taking 17 draw controls compared to Vanderbilt's 10. As a team, BC registered four caused turnovers and nine ground balls, as well.
Vanderbilt was able to get on the board first, but Wilton tied the game on a free-position shot less than 30 seconds later to make it 1-1 with 26:02 to go in the first. The Commodores quickly retaliated with four straight goals to take a 5-1 advantage with just over 15 minutes left in the half.
Stanwick scored her first goal of the game with just under 12 minutes left in the half to break up the VU run, before Casey Bakker added another for Vandy. Rix scored on a free-position shot and Igoe found the back of the net with an assist from Wilton to make it a 6-4 game with 7:36 to play in the first. However, the Commodores answered with back-to-back goals of their own to take an 8-4 lead into the locker room.
The Commodores struck first coming out of the half, outscoring the Eagles, 5-2, through the first 15 minutes of the second period to take a 13-6 lead. However, the BC offense came to life and controlled the momentum in the final minutes of play, as Rix sparked a 6-0 Eagles run. In addition to Rix, Igoe and Blue also found the net during the run, and Stanwick capped the late comeback with a goal at 5:08 to help BC pull within just one of VU. The Eagles had the opportunity to tie the game with less than a minute to play, but were not able to convert, taking a 13-12 loss at the hands of the Commodores.