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Field Hockey Flies to First-Ever Final Four

Margo Carlin did as Margo Carlin does. 

In the biggest stage she’s ever played on, the freshman dribbled the ball up towards the Louisville goalie in the seventh round of the shootout, maneuvering the ball into the back of the cage to seal the deal on the Eagles’ first-ever trip to the Final Four.

No. 7 Boston College field hockey defeated No. 5 Louisville on Sunday afternoon 2-1 after two overtimes and a nail-biting shootout. 

Louisville seemed to have the momentum early, keeping the ball on the Eagles side of the field for a lot of the first quarter. Although the Cardinals only got off one more shot than BC in the quarter, the Eagles took some time to adjust to Louisville’s fast-paced play.

The second quarter showed a much more even match, as BC stepped up to counter the aggressiveness of the Cardinals. BC had three shots to Louisville’s one, with one leading to the eventual first score of the game.

Elizabeth Warner gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead with six seconds left in the half off a penalty corner from Sky Caron. This would be the second game in a row this duo connected to put BC ahead; Warner scored with just over one minute left in the Eagles 2-1 victory over Northwestern on Friday.

The Cardinals came out hot in the third quarter, tying the game 1-1 about five minutes in. Despite having six total shots in the quarter, Louisville was unable to take the lead.

A scoreless fourth quarter brought the teams to overtime.

BC had a solid chance in the second overtime to take the lead after Jaime Natale fired a shot at the goal with six seconds to spare, only for it to hit the post.

After both teams put up zeroes on the scoreboard in the two overtimes, they were forced into a shootout.

As had been the entire game, the shootout continued to be a back-and-forth battle between the two teams. Following Carlin’s seventh-round goal to put the Eagles on top, Sarah Dwyer made arguably the biggest save of her career to keep Louisville from scoring and give BC the win.

Dwyer continued to be lights out in the cage, tallying seven saves on the day with four coming in overtime.

Next up, the Eagles will face No. 1 North Carolina, to whom they’ve lost twice already this season—most recently in the ACC Championship on Nov. 10. BC fell 3-2 to the reigning champions towards the end of the regular season.

The Tar Heels easily defeated Stanford 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before facing a tougher Iowa team in the second round; North Carolina won only by a score of 2-1.

Considering BC’s electric momentum and valiant play, this game will be no easy match for the Tar Heels.

The Eagles will look to continue their historic season when they take on the Tar Heels in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Friday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m.

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