The No. 13 Boston College field hockey team fell in the first round of the ACC Tournament to Virginia on Thursday. The loss eliminates the Eagles from contention for the ACC championship and brings their record to 10-9 on the season. The No. 16 Cavaliers improved to 9-8.
The low-scoring affair went without a goal for either side through the first half. Virginia’s Colleen Norair scored her first goal of the season off of a rebound in the second half to give the Cavaliers the lead. Norair’s lone goal would prove to be the difference maker.
Despite the loss, the Eagles led in most offensive categories. They outshot the Cavaliers 18-9. Additionally, 11 of the Eagles’ shots were on goal. Senior Carrera Lucas of Virginia came up big for the Cavaliers, saving all 11 of those shots on goal.
Virginia was able to withstand the Eagles’ offensive pressure throughout the entire game. BC gave themselves a number of chances to equalize the game but were denied from finding the back of the net. The Eagles had five corner opportunities to Virginia’s four — but Virginia’s lone goal came off of one of their corners.
The Eagles made the decision to start freshman goalkeeper Jonna Kennedy, who made four saves. BC pulled Kennedy from net in the game’s final minutes to add an extra attacker for one final offensive push, but Virginia’s defense remained strong.
BC senior Frederique Haverhals led the team with five shots. Lucy Lytle, Brooke Matherson, and Jaime Natale each added three shots of their own.
BC and Virginia finished the regular season with the same conference record at 2-4. The two teams played in Newton on September 21. In that matchup, the Eagles were victorious by a score of 2-0. More than a month later, and on a bigger stage, the tables were turned. BC was unable to repeat their earlier success against the Cavaliers.
Eliminated from the ACC Tournament, the Eagles now sit at 10-9. Last year, they finished 11-8 and did not make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The year before, however, they went 10-9 and did make the tournament.
Whatever the future holds, the early exit from the ACC Tournament was a disappointing one. The Eagles battled hard with a strong offensive attack, but were ultimately unable to break through the Virginia defense and move on in the conference tournament. The Eagles will now have to wait in hopes of hearing their name called this Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament.
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