This weekend was filled with mixed feelings for the BC field hockey team as they were defeated 5-0 by #3 North Carolina on Friday and returned to their winning ways on Sunday against Liberty. So how did it all happen?
Friday vs #3 UNC
The Eagles began a road trip down in North Carolina with a Friday afternoon clash with #3 UNC. The Tar Heels are a perennial field hockey power and gave BC trouble from the beginning. UNC scored two goals late in the first half to take a 2-0 lead into halftime as well as a 14-4 shot advantage. The second half saw Boston College create chances, but they were unable to convert and UNC's Gab Major scored in the 57th minute to make it 3-0. Impressively, Major got a quick chance right after play resumed and she got a shot past Leah Settipane for her second goal of the game. With BC already down 4-0, Major was able to add onto her stats with a goal in the 60th minute that gave her a hat trick. The 5-0 loss was BC's biggest defeat of the season in a season that saw an upset of Maryland earlier in the year.
Sunday vs Liberty
Sunday's game became a chance to rebound for Boston College, and a 3-2 2OT victory gave them that rebound win. The game almost did not turn out that way however. Liberty took an early lead in the 8th minute to put BC down 1-0. In the 20th minute, Boston College was able to tie up the game off a goal from sophomore Chelcie Mendonca. Early in the second half, junior Emily McCoy scored her fifth goal of the season to give the Eagles their first lead of the game that no doubt lifted the team's spirit. The lead was not safe however, as just 12 minutes later Liberty was able to equalize. Both teams had chances, but neither could convert them to goals and the game went to golden-goal overtime. The first overtime was tense for both teams, but BC's goalie Leah Settipane held strong to send the game to a second overtime. In that period, McCoy scored her sixth goal of the year to give the team a big win. Emily McCoy's two goals continue to keep her on top of the team's scoring list, and both goals on Sunday came at crucial moments. With the win, Settipane also moves into a tie for first on BC's all-time wins list.
The Eagles will have next Friday off which will be a welcomed rest for the team, as they prepare for #7 Wake Forest in Winston-Salem next Sunday.