Sports Shorts: Promising Women's Field Hockey; Cross Country Soars

Though Boston College Field Hockey fell to No.1 ranked UNC, BC proved their team has what it takes to go far this season.

The Boston College Ladies Field Hockey team fell to the the No.1 ranked UNC Tarheels in a heated 3-2 overtime loss. However, the game was a testament to the Eagles No. 6 national ranking, proving that this Boston College program has enough promise and talent to be serious contenders against any team in the nation.

On Friday, September 26, No.6 Boston College squared off against No.1 UNC at the Newton Field Hockey Center in a tremendously entertaining match. After knocking off then-No.2 UConn and No.4 Syracuse over the past two weeks in games that both needed overtime, The Eagles came into the game confident and very well tested. After 18 minutes of play, Sophomore Midfielder Emily McCoy broke the 0-0 tie with a beautiful goal from the corner, giving BC the lead for 10 short minutes until UNC’s center forward reinstated the tie at 1-1 with a shot from the top of the circle.

The teams were knotted with a goal apiece going into halftime and after just six minutes played in the second half, Sophomore Leah Frome gave the Eagles the lead again. Seven minutes later, the Tar Heels evened the score with a reverse flip shot and, though the Eagles played well, the tie persisted until the end of regulation. At the end of regular time, Senior Emma Plasteras was awarded a Yellow Card, and consequently Boston College had to endure the first five minutes of sudden-death extra time one player down. The five BC girls on the field played very well as a team against their six Tar Heel opponents, creating an intense and well-matched contest in extra time, with the only shot being the winning goal from UNC’s Charlotte Craddock.

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Anthony Golden / Gavel Media

Though the Eagles fell to 7-2 and 1-1 in conference play, they showed promise and maturity as the program is clearly taking big steps in the right direction. This game served as exciting evidence that BC should not be considered an underdog in any game this season, which continues on September 28 as BC hosts New Hampshire at 4 p.m. at the Newton Sports Complex.

 

Both the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams excelled at the Boston College Coast-to-Coast invitational. 

This past Friday, September 26, Boston College hosted the annual Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown at Franklin Park. The No.16 ranked women’s team lead by Senior runner Liv Westphal came in fourth at their hometown meet, with Westphal finishing first a whole 21 seconds before the second place finisher, recording a time of 16:30 in the women’s 5K. The team as a whole scored 192, with Danielle Winslow coming in 20th at 17:32 and Junior Lauren Hottenrott in 37th at 17:52 in her debut race for the Eagles.

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Finishing up the scoring runners, Brittany Winslow ran the course in 18:15, with Megan Young following quickly afterwards at 18:20. The BC ladies were only bested by No.1 Michigan, No.5 Georgetown and No.15 Syracuse, coming ahead of No. 25 Dartmouth and the rest of the field. The BC ladies were just coming off of a first place finish at the Minuteman Invitational, and will look to improve at the New England Championships in Boston on October 11.

In the men’s race, Boston College scored a respectable 16th place in the 8K race, led by Senior runner James Newhouse finishing in 26:00 as Oregon’s defending NCAA champion Edward Cheserek came in at 24 minutes flat. The men’s and women’s teams will compete at the New England Championships in early October, as we look for both teams to improve on what is already looking like a very successful season for Boston College Cross Country.

 

Both Eagle Soccer teams fall 1-0 on the weekend, as the men are defeated by Duke in Durham, and the ladies fail to escape Clemson at Brandeis University.

Photo courtesy of Julia Keefe / Gavel Media.

Julia Keefe / Gavel Media.

The Boston College Men’s soccer team continue on their downward slide as they were handed their fourth loss in a row as they fall 1-0 to Duke. After tieing their first fixture against Iona, the men of BC won their next three games. However, after such a promising start, they were defeated in the next four games, and though they were not completely dominated in any of the fixtures they lost, this downward slide is concerning for any BC soccer fan. In the match against Duke, the Eagles held a 14-9 advantage in shots and held possession well. However, the Blue Devils managed to convert one of their nine shots on a 25 yard free kick scored in the 65th minute. It seems that the Eagle attack is performing well, creating chances and shots very well in the game against Duke, as well as against Harvard and No. 9 Louisville. In both matches, BC fell in overtime after being knotted at two goals apiece by the end of 90 minutes. It seems that this BC team has the talent and potential to overcome this slide and find their winning form once again soon after being defeated by only a goal in their last 3 losses, two of which went into overtime. Look for the BC men to take on No. 3 Notre Dame on October 3 in South Bend at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Women’s soccer team fell 1-0 to No.23 Clemson University at Brandeis University Sunday, as they fell to 8-4-0 overall while handing Clemson their first ACC win. Both teams are tied in conference play at 1-2-0. The BC ladies were outshot 14-5 in the match, with Clemson’s offense testing the BC defense often. With the only goal of the game coming in the 56th minute from a Clemson header, the BC defense played exceptionally well to keep the shots off frame, or savable, by Keeper Darien Dunham who recorded 4 saves on the night. The ladies of Boston College have had a fairly successful campaign this season though and will look to bounce back against the Syracuse Orange in New York on October 4 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

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