After a weekend that began with great promise, No. 13 Boston College field hockey (3-1) failed to carry the momentum into Sunday’s game, suffering a deflating 3-1 defeat at the hands of No. 10 Northwestern (2-2). Stifled by the Northwestern defense for the majority of the game, the Eagles cut a 2-0 deficit in half with about three minutes remaining. Junior Emily McCoy tallied her fifth point of the season, netting a corner from Alyssa Olenick and giving her team a chance to pull even. Northwestern’s Dominique Masters netted a penalty corner with under a minute to play, her second goal of the game to seal the win for the Wildcats.
Senior goalkeeper Leah Settipane played well for BC, picking up seven saves, her most since the loss to Syracuse in last season’s ACC Tournament and keeping the team within striking distance most of the match. While the loss was disappointing, the team did finish the weekend 1-1, pulling off a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory against No. 3 Maryland on Friday.
In the program’s first-ever victory over Maryland, senior AshLeigh Sebia scored the decisive tally, her second of the game, netting the golden goal six minutes into overtime by tapping in her own rebound. The Eagles held a 2-1 lead for most of the match, buoyed by goals from Sebia and senior Romee Stiekema. After a thunder delay of almost two hours, Maryland capitalized on BC’s halted momentum, evening the score 2-2 with just under five minutes remaining, sending the game to OT, and setting the stage for Sebia’s winner.
Head coach Kelly Doton summed up the performance by highlighting her players’ ability to work together and be resilient. “The girls really played for each other and they fought through some adversity,” she said.
Boston College volleyball (4-2) fell in the finale of the Fairfield Invitational on Saturday night to Marshall University, battling deep into the fifth set. After forcing a fifth set with determined play in the fourth, the team squandered a 7-4 lead in the final set. Brittany Pavich led the way for the team, racking up 13 kills on 24 swings and having a hand in three blocks.
The fifth set struggles continued a theme established on Friday night, where the Eagles went the distance against host Fairfield before falling in the final set. This time, it was the Eagles who had a 2-1 lead after three sets. After a hard-fought fourth set, the Eagles could not hold a two-point lead late in the set. That would ultimately prove to be the team’s downfall, as Fairfield used the home crowd advantage in the fifth set, jumping out to a 10-3 lead and dominating the whole set. The loss followed the team’s 3-0 victory over Stony Brook in the tournament opener.
On Friday night, the team was led by Katty Workman’s team-high 16 kills and Mallori Moffatt’s 29 assists. After a tournament full of mixed results, the team looks to put together a complete effort for a full match at next weekend’s Holly Young Invitational Tournament at the University of New Hampshire.
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