Field Hockey Surges for Another Huge Upset
The field hockey team may be Boston College’s best-kept secret. The women’s field hockey team came off of a big win versus No. 20 New Hampshire on Friday to pull off an ever fiercer victory over the second-ranked team in the nation, UConn.
This is the second time this season that BC, ranked 9th in the nation, has overthrown a higher-ranked team. The Eagles faced off against the undefeated UConn Huskies on Sunday, and handed them their first defeat of the year. The teams clashed throughout regular time and were tied 3-3, advancing into overtime. After 10 minutes of intensified play, junior forward Emma Plasteras of the Eagles was able to slide in a shot off of a rebound to win the game 4-3.
The balance of the game was pretty even for the whole 80 minutes. Scoring began in the first half when senior forward Virgynia Muma was able to launch the ball past UConn’s experienced senior goalie, but soon after, UConn tied the score with a lucky rebound goal. Plasteras wouldn't have it, though, and buried the ball into the upper right hand corner of the net with astonishing force. The Eagles seemed like they would exit the first half with a lead, but with only 42 seconds left in the half, UConn snuck back into the game with an equalizer.
Six minutes into the second half, UConn took the lead for the first time in the game off of a corner attempt, but not for long, as BC fired back four minutes later when Muma racked up another goal for the Eagles. The rest of the second half was full of penalty corner attempts, shots and plenty of roughhousing to keep the fans interested, but it wasn’t until overtime that the Eagles would finally vanquish the Huskies.
With only five minutes remaining in overtime, the Eagles' sophomore forward AshLeigh Sebia pulled away from the opposition and attempted to bury a reverse shot in the net. The goalie somehow was able to block Sebia’s rip, but wasn’t able to stop Plasteras from chipping the ball in from 5 yards out.
Coming off of a huge win, the Eagles improved their record to 10-2, and are gearing up for their next match against No. 4 Virginia this Friday.
Men’s Soccer Struck Down by Maryland 2-1
The Men’s soccer team, whose season thus far has not been quite up to par of past teams, fell to No. 8 Maryland on Friday.
BC gave it their all, but Maryland was just too good, dominating the first half with an 11-3 advantage in shots and capitalizing on a BC own-goal. As a result, Maryland entered the second half already up, 2-0. Boston College took some initiative and balanced the game out, and Zeiko Lewis of the Eagles was able to hammer in a goal in the 75th minute.
However, Maryland’s defense held strong, and the 8th-ranked team in the nation went on to clinch the game 2-1. Taking away a few lessons from the game, BC is preparing to take on Syracuse tonight, Tuesday Oct. 8.
Women’s Soccer Rattles Duke 4-1
Early Sunday afternoon, BC’s women’s soccer team took on the Duke Blue Devils. Each attendee of the game was thrilled to see BC absolutely hammer Duke into submission.
Junior forward Stephanie McCaffrey was on fire throughout the game, barraging the opposition with attack after attack. With a total of 6 shots on goal, McCaffrey scored 3 of them, notching her first career hat trick. Not only did McCaffrey dominate the game, but so did the rest of her team, with goalie Alex Johnson coming up big with 4 tight saves. BC’s defense also held strong throughout the game, and only let up one goal.
With a 7-6 record, the Eagles are preparing for their next game versus No. 6 North Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 13.