The Eagles are on to the next round! Two quick goals to start the game propelled BC past #8 Albany and onto the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 1998. With the win, the Eagles are set to face #4 UCONN in Storrs tomorrow at 2 pm with a berth in the final four on the line.
Boston College did not waste any time today, as senior Kelcie Hromisin deflected an Eryn McCoy shot into the net in the second minute of the game. The goal was her 9th of the season, which puts her in a tie for 2nd place on the team. In the 6th minute the Eagles earned a penalty corner which was set up by freshman Frederique Haverhals. The fresman found the stick of sophomore Chelcie Mendonca, who set up senior Romee Stiekema's goal. The penalty corner goal gave BC a commanding 2-0 lead that they would need to protect for over 60 minutes.
The 2-0 lead held until the second half, when in the 54th minute Paula Heuser scored for Albany to bring the game closer. Heuser is one of the frontrunners for player of the year, and the junior did not want to see her season end early. With less then 10 minutes to go, Albany had a penalty corner that they were unable to convert. With 3 minutes to go they pulled their goalie for an extra attacker, but despite the Great Danes effort they were unable to equalize and BC won.
With the historic win, BC moves onto the NCAA Quarterfinals to face UCONN. The Huskies are the back-to-back defending champions, and the game will no doubt be a tough challenge for this Eagles team. The winner of tomorrow's game will face the winner of the Syracuse/Princeton game, so #OrangeEagle points may just be on the line.