No. 7 Boston College field hockey’s historic season came to an end on Friday afternoon when they suffered their third loss of the season to No. 1 North Carolina, 6-3, in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Freshman phenom Margo Carlin put the Eagles on top early in the game, notching her 19th goal of the season 54 seconds into the first quarter off a pass from Sky Caron. UNC’s Riley Fulmer tied the game up at one at 6:44.
A little over two minutes into the second quarter, Carlin scored her 20th goal of the season to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead. Carlin became the fourth Eagle to score 20 goals in a season, an impressive feat for the freshman.
The Tar Heels’ scoring rampage began about four minutes into the second quarter, notching three goals in the quarter to give them a commanding 4-2 lead going into the half. Although BC matched UNC in shots in the quarter, they weren’t able to get anything but one goal past UNC’s Amanda Hendry.
The second half featured two more goals for UNC and one more for BC to bring the game to its final 6-3 score. Fusine Govaert connected with Brigid Wood to give the Eagles their last goal of the game. The assist gave Govaert a career-high eight assists on the season while Wood scored her fourth goal.
UNC outshot BC twelve to six on the day and amassed eight shots on goal to BC’s four. The loss marked the Eagles’ third loss to UNC this season, with the other two coming on Oct. 25 and Nov. 10.
Although the season didn’t end how the Eagles would have liked, this season marked one of the best for the team in recent years.
The team went 11-6 in the regular season after starting off 1-3. BC flipped a switch in October, winning seven of their last eight regular season games.
In the postseason, BC made it to the championship game of the ACC Tournament for the first time in program history, unfortunately suffering a loss at the hands of UNC. As for the NCAA Tournament, the team’s appearance marked their first since the 2016 season.
The accolades for the team highlighted their strong play throughout the season. Carlin snagged ACC Freshman of the Year and All-ACC first team honors, with Govaert joining her on the first team and Caron on the second team. Head coach Kelly Doton earned ACC Coach of the Year, the first time for the program since 1998 when the team was in the Big East conference.
Although the Eagles will be losing some notable seniors, especially goalkeeper Sarah Dwyer, Goevart and the solid underclassmen will keep the team competitive for years to come.