The Boston College field hockey team defeated Dartmouth 5-2 on Friday in a game nowhere near as even as the score may suggest. The Eagles thoroughly dominated the Big Green, holding a 33-4 shot advantage by the end of the contest.
The victory was a much-needed morale boost for an Eagles team which has struggled in the beginning of this season. Following three consecutive losses to Fairfield, No. 2 Maryland, and No. 15 Northwestern, the team was desperate for a victory to salvage the season.
Margo Carlin opened the scoring in the second quarter, driving home a shot after controlling the ball at the side of the net and enabling the Eagles to carry a 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
Less than a minute into the third quarter, Katie Spanos evened the score at one apiece, giving Dartmouth a much-needed spark on the attacking end. However, an offensive explosion by the Eagles would quickly doom the Big Green.
Elizabeth Warner and Carlin each tallied a goal in the third quarter, while Warner added a second goal just a minute into the fourth. Carmen Braceras quickly answered Warner’s second goal, but the Big Green failed to inch closer, with the Eagles maintaining a 4-2 lead for much of the fourth quarter. A late goal by Sky Caron added insult to injury for Dartmouth, sealing a 5-2 victory.
While the Eagles won comfortably, the game’s box score suggests that the margin of victory should have been much larger, with the Eagles holding a 26-3 advantage in shots on goal and 33-4 in total shots.
Dartmouth goalie Isabella Santucci’s standout performance was perhaps the only reason why the contest was somewhat close. She managed a remarkable 21 saves, preventing the Eagles from running away with the game completely.
With the most difficult portion of their schedule seemingly behind them, the Eagles may have a chance to salvage the season by carrying this momentum into the upcoming ACC schedule.
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