Boston College’s second half hasn’t quite taken off like they might have hoped.
After needing a Kristyn Capizzano hat trick to claw back from a 2-0 deficit against Syracuse on Wednesday, the Eagles again found themselves behind against an unranked team Saturday afternoon against Boston University. Capizzano did her best to take over the game for BC, but the Eagles could only find one goal to earn the 1-1 draw against the Terriers.
Boston University Goal #1 (PPG): 8:34 of the 2nd period
Nina Rodgers (Abby Cook, Deziray De Sousa)
BU 1, BC 0
After a scoreless first period, the Terriers got the scoring started on a wicked wrist shot from former Minnesota Golden Gopher Nina Rodgers. Rodgers came into the BC end on the power play with a full head of steam, but the Eagle defenders kept their heads about them.
Unfortunately, even well defended, Rodgers was able to fire off a laser over the shoulder of Katie Burt to put BC in the early hole.
Boston College Goal #1 (PPG): 1:54 of the 3rd period
Kristyn Capizzano (Caitrin Lonergan, Grace Bizal)
BC 1, BU 1 — FINAL
The Eagles entered the third period behind, but they didn’t wait long to tie things up.
Capizzano certainly didn’t do it herself. This is a nice couple moves from freshman Caitrin Lonergan, back from injury, to make things happen.
Lonergan skates through the neutral zone and makes a nice self-pass to get around the Terrier defender, Savannah Newton. This is just comical — watch Newton, number 28 in red, try to defend Lonergan. The self-pass gets Newton all twisted up, and before she knows what’s happening her face is almost in the glass and she’s defending the boards. Not only that, but once she whips herself around, she doesn’t even know where Lonergan is!
Lonergan then has free reign to calmly survey the situation and finds Capizzano coming across the slot. The feed is right onto the tape, and all Capizzano has to do is get a stick on it for a very pretty goal.
Unfortunately, even though the Eagle gave themselves plenty of time, they couldn’t break through for the game-winner. BC put on a shooting gallery after the tying goal, outshooting BU 23-8 from the third period onward, including a wild 9-0 in overtime.
The tie drops BC to 6th in the Pairwise, though there’s a pretty big cushion developing between 7th and the rest of the pack. BC should be in a comfortable position in the NCAA tournament race, but without any opportunities to play top teams in the second half, the Eagles will need to play almost flawless hockey if they want to climb into a home ice position.