The No. 13 Boston College field hockey team topped Boston University by a score of 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at home. The Eagles closed out their regular season schedule with a win over crosstown rival BU, finishing 10-8 on the season.
The win halted a three-game losing streak for BC; after consecutive losses to Duke, Liberty University, and Harvard, the Eagles were finally able to get back in the win column. Despite the losses, the previous three games were competitive: All were decided by just one goal.
Since it was the final home game of the regular season, Sunday’s matchup was Senior Day for the Eagles. However, it was freshman Eva Van de Mierop who stepped up and gave the Eagles the goal they needed to secure a victory. Van de Mierop notched her first goal of the season—the first of her collegiate career—early in the second half to break the scoreless tie and put the Eagles up for good.
Seniors Ymke Rose Gote and Frederique Haverhals each notched an assist on Van de Mierop’s goal. Gote and Haverhals are just two of the Eagles’ seniors who were honored on Sunday. Haverhals will be especially missed after she graduates, as she leads the team in total points this season.
Freshman goalkeeper Jonna Kennedy played the whole game and came away with her first career shutout. In addition to Kennedy’s strong play, the Eagles’ defense remained tight. The Terriers were only able to manage two shots on goal, while the Eagles had seven.
Although the score was close, the Eagles seemed to have control for much of the game. They outnumbered the Terriers in shots, shots on goal, and corners. Van de Mierop, Fusine Govaert, and Elizabeth Warner led the Eagles with two shots each.
With the win, BC now moves to 10-8 for the year and 2-4 within the ACC. The Eagles have also experienced a distinct difference between playing at home and on the road, boasting a record of 6-1 when playing at home in Newton.
The Eagles earned the No. 4 seed in the ACC tournament, which starts Nov. 1. The tournament will be hosted by No. 1 seed North Carolina, so BC will travel south to face their first round opponent, No. 5 Virginia.
BC played Virginia on Sept. 21, a game which ended in a 2-0 victory for the Eagles. They will look to repeat that success in order to advance through the conference tournament.
After a strong finish to the regular season with the victory over BU, the Eagles now head into the postseason looking to build some momentum. Their next game will be the ACC tournament matchup with Virgina on the road this Thursday at 1 p.m.