On Saturday, the #11 Boston College field hockey team upset #4 Syracuse, 3-2 in overtime, giving the Eagles their second victory over a top-10 opponent in as many weeks. Last Sunday, BC defeated #2 Connecticut 3-2 in a game that took two overtime periods and two shootouts to decide.
The Orange attack struck first, with Emma Russell netting a goal three minutes into the game, but the Eagles were quick to answer. On a corner inserted by senior midfielder Emma Plasteras, sophomore midfielder Emily McCoy tied it up on her third goal of the season after senior midfielder Katlyn Soucy set up the shot off a stick stop. Syracuse lead the shot count through the first 35, 8-6. The teams entered the half tied at one.
Emma Plasteras, scoring her first goal of the season, notched the go-ahead goal for Boston College eight minutes into the second off a cross in front of the net by junior midfielder Romée Stiekema. Syracuse's Annalena Ulbrich answered to tie the game at two with less than 12 minutes left in regulation.
The teams remained tied, 2-2, as regulation came to an end. For the third game in a row, the Eagles headed into overtime.
Romée Stiekema scored the game-winner off a corner in overtime for her first career goal. Katlyn Soucy recorded her second assist of the day on a pass across the circle to Stiekema.
The Eagles improve to 6-1, 1-0 ACC on the year, while handing Syracuse (6-2, 0-2 ACC) its second ACC loss of the season. By falling to beat BC at home, the Orange lost a second consecutive regular season game for the first time since 2007. More importantly, Boston College strikes first in the 2014-15 #OrangeEagle Trophy competition, our year-long battle with Syracuse for Northeast college athletics bragging rights.
On Sunday, the Eagles got out of upstate N.Y. with a 6-3 victory over Colgate. The victory extends the Eagles' win streak to six games, the longest such streak since 2009. This is definitely a program on the rise and one to keep an eye on the rest of the season.
The Eagles next play on Friday, when they host #1 North Carolina (5-1, 1-1 ACC) at the Newton Campus Sports Complex on Friday, September 26. The Heels are coming off a 1-1 weekend that included a 3-0 victory over Miami (Ohio), but a 3-2 loss at Louisville in the Cards' first ever ACC contest.