For the third straight game, the Boston College field hockey team struggled defensively in the fourth quarter, allowing two goals at the end in a 3-2 loss to No. 15 Northwestern. The Eagles are now 1-3 on the season, while Northwestern improves to 3-2.
BC led for the majority of the game through a combination of aggressive offense and strong defense. However, with 6:56 left to go in the game, Northwestern’s Peyton Halsey tied the game, and just 30 seconds later, Lily Katsman would score another goal to give the Wildcats a lead they wouldn’t give up.
On the day, the Eagles had a 17 to 9 shot advantage, with forwards Fusine Govaert and Margo Carlin each scoring a goal. Govaert scored early in the third quarter to put BC up 2-1. The goal is her third on the season, tying her for the lead on the team.
Although the Northwestern defense allowed more shots and shots on goal, they managed to earn seven saves and limit the Eagles to just two goals.
As part of the annual Big 10/ACC Cup, BC had to face back to back Big 10 opponents, both of which were ranked. The Eagles went 0-2 in the event. In back-to-back seasons, the Eagles have lost to Northwestern, losing last season in a close overtime game in Evanston.
Following a three-game skid, BC will look to bounce back on Friday, September 13 for a matchup against Dartmouth at home at 1 p.m.