After facing a heartbreaking loss to North Carolina in the ACC Championship, Boston College field hockey will look to rally back when they take on Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
BC took on the Wildcats on Sept. 8, falling 3-2 in Evanston in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. In the game, the powerhouse pair of Margo Carlin and Fusine Govaert scored the two goals for the Eagles.
Northwestern will come to play fresh off a loss against Iowa in the Big Ten semifinals. The Wildcats went 14-7 in the regular season, with a 5-2 record on the road. Coincidentally, the Eagles also had a 5-2 road record during the regular season.
Despite their loss in the finals of the ACC Championship, the Eagles still have plenty to boast about as they head into the NCAA Tournament.
Since Oct. 4, the team has only lost twice–both times to the No. 1 Tar Heels. However, they also defeated their highest-ranked opponent, No. 4 University of Virginia, twice. In their nine wins since Oct. 4, four of them came against ranked opponents.
Oct. 4 seemed to be a catalyst for the Eagles, as individual players also stepped up. Since then, goalie Sarah Dwyer has only given up seven goals and made 39 saves. On top of that, Margo Carlin has seven goals in that time span, with Fusine Govaert following close behind with four.
Overall on the season, the Eagles’ 13-7 ranked the best finish in program history; but that wouldn’t be the only program record set by this team. BC had four ACC wins and their highest-ever seed in the ACC Tournament, both firsts for the program.
To complement their stellar play this season, several Eagles were awarded ACC honors. Margo Carlin snagged ACC Freshman of the Year, while head coach Kelly Doton was named ACC Coach of the Year. Carlin and Govaert earned spots on the All-ACC first team, and Sky Caron earned second team honors.
Given that BC had the second-toughest schedule based on opponent win percentage in the regular season, these honors come with an extra sense of pride and determination for the team.
The Eagles road to their first NCAA Championship in program history begins Friday at 2:30 p.m.