Previewing 2018 Field Hockey: New Hampshire

After picking up its second ACC win of the season against No. 10 Virginia, Boston College field hockey looks to extend a two-game win streak when it hosts regional rival New Hampshire Sunday afternoon. The Eagles (5-3, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) have won 15 of the last 17 meetings between the two teams, but will want to avoid a letdown against a struggling Wildcats (2-5) team.

Who is BC playing?

New Hampshire

When is BC playing?

Sunday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m.

Where is BC playing?

Boston College Field Hockey Complex, Newton, Mass.

How to Watch:

Live stats for the game will be provided by Sidearm Stats.

By the Numbers:

BC:

1) The Eagles have already posted two wins against ACC competition in 2018 after going winless in conference in 2017.

2) BC goalkeeper Sarah Dwyer has recorded three shutouts in seven games, tied for first in the ACC.

3) Brooke Matherson is having a stellar season for the Eagles so far. She’s recorded four goals and three assists and leads the team with 11 points in 2018.

New Hampshire:  

1) The Wildcats have had issues on the offensive end. They’ve failed to record a goal in four of their seven games this season.

2) New Hampshire is led by junior Bailey Fanikos, who has three goals on the year.

3) The Wildcats more than doubled their scoring output for the season in their last game against Bryant. After scoring just five total goals in their first seven games, they exploded for six against the Bulldogs.

Last Meeting:

The two teams last met in 2017. Matherson scored the opening goal just three minutes into the game, and BC never looked back, cruising to a 4-0 win, thanks to five saves from Dwyer.

Outlook:

After a tough Friday night contest against a ranked opponent, the Eagles face a decidedly less challenging opponent Sunday. New Hampshire has yet to record a win against a Top 25 team in 2018 (0-3), and has been outscored, 10-1, in those contests. If BC maintains its focus, and the back line plays as well as it did against Virginia, the Eagles should be looking at a third-straight win.

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