Boston College Field Hockey’s stunning season continued on Friday evening in Newton with a huge win in the ACC tournament semifinals over the Virginia Cavaliers. The Eagles took a thrilling 1-0 win in overtime on their home field to advance to the ACC Championship Game against the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Boston College earned the #2 seed in the ACC tournament and sat #9 in the NFHCA Coaches Poll coming into the matchup against Virginia. The Cavaliers held the #3 seed in the tournament, but were #4 in the national poll. It all meant that it would be a close matchup on Newton Campus, and the game sure did not disappoint.
Virginia and Boston College traded opportunities through all four quarters, though the Cavaliers seemed to have the better of play for much of the day. Shots on goal bore that out, with UVA outshooting BC 7-2 on the evening. Virginia also had by far the best scoring opportunity in regulation after a bang-bang sequence following a corner in which the BC goaltender Sarah Dwyer made a huge save and the rebound shot was saved by the Eagle defender behind Dwyer in front of the goal.
Overtime was back and forth, but it was finally the Eagles who broke through on an absolute boomer of a goal by junor Fusine Govaert:
Oh my goodness. Fusine Govaert buries an overtime stunner (heck of a finish) and @BCFieldHockey is going to take on No. 1 North Carolina in the ACC Championship on Sunday.— Bradley Smart (@bradleysmart15) November 8, 2019
The Eagles will be playing in their first appearance in the title game. pic.twitter.com/D3B9vbj7qQ
The final score of 1-0 matched the score from BC’s win over Virginia a month ago down in Charlottesville.
Boston College now has a date with undefeated and #1-overall ranked North Carolina for the ACC Championship. The Eagles are certainly underdogs, but the Eagles held a 2nd half lead over the Tar Heels down in Chapel Hill just two weeks ago before falling in a close one by a score of 3-2 — and this time, BC will get to play the game on their own field.
The ACC Championship Game will take place in Newton at 11am Sunday morning, and will be televised on the ACC Network.