Despite falling to Syracuse in the first round of ACC Championships, the Boston College field hockey team has earned an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament and will play the UConn Huskies on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Syracuse University.
Immediately after last Thursday's loss to Syracuse, head coach Ainslee Lamb thought the team's season had come to a close, referring to her squad as " the most talented team (she's) had to date at Boston College."
But, fortunately, after a closer look at the team's strength of schedule, Lamb realized that her team had a shot. The ACC was a powerhouse in field hockey this year; every single member of the conference finished the season in the top 15, and BC picked up huge regular season victories against UConn and Syracuse.
Under closer review and the stringent analysis of winning percentages, head-to-head records and more, the NCAA selection committee had to make a decision. As it turned out, if one team was going to make a push into the tournament after losing three straight, it was BC.
But come Sunday night's selection show, BC field hockey was in, and none of percentages or numbers mattered to the coaching staff or team.
"We were really thrilled to see our name go up on the bracket last night," Lamb said in a press conference earlier today. "I'm just so happy for this group of girls, they worked so hard and they deserve this opportunity."
BC will make its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2009, and it will mark the third time that Lamb will lead a maroon and gold squad to college field hockey's biggest stage.
The last time the Eagles squared off against UConn, junior midfielder Emma Plasteras scored in overtime to hand the Huskies their first loss of the season, and goalie Leah Settipane recorded a career-high 12 saves.