BU Upsets No. 8 Virginia in Penalty Strokes
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. The No. 8 Virginia field hockey team (9-2) dropped a heartbreaking loss to Boston University 3-2 Sunday after the Terriers (4-6) won 7-5 in the second round of penalty strokes. It was the first time since 2001 the Cavaliers have entered penalty strokes.
The Cavaliers remained winless against BU, falling to 0-4 all-time against the Terriers.
The last time a Virginia game went to penalty strokes was at Maryland during the 2001 season, which ended in a 3-2 Cavalier win. UVa is 10-6 all-time in games decided by strokes.
The game also was the third straight extra time contest for Virginia.
In the shootout, both teams finished the first round tied at four. Moving into the second set of five strokes, both Virginia and Boston University missed their first two attempts.
With Virginia defending first, BU’s Nikki Lloyd put the Terriers up 5-4, but the next player, UVa’s Michelle Vittese, tied it at five.
Boston University converted on its next try when Gabby Hajjar put the ball past Virginia keeper Amy Desjadon. The Cavaliers were unable to tie when Pien Hulsebouch missed wide right. The Terriers won the shootout on the next attempt when Kiley Allosso hit the game-winner.
For the game, Virginia outshot BU 23-8, including an 11-2 advantage in the overtime sessions. The Cavaliers also had an 11-3 advantage on penalty corners.
Boston University’s Kim Kastuk tied a career-high with 13 saves in the cage.
The Cavaliers got on the board first, converting on the first penalty corner of the game in the 13th minute. Third-year Lauren Elstein pushed the ball out to Hulsebouch, who tapped it over to Inge Kaars Sijpesteijn. Kaars Sijpesteijn’s sixth goal of the season put Virginia up 1-0.
Boston University responded with 17:42 remaining in the first half. The Terriers crossed the ball from the right side of the field and with the UVa defense unable to clear the ball out of the circle, senior Sheena Berry picked it up and shot it past Devon Burnley to tie the game.
Two minutes later, BU took a 2-1 advantage. After a shot and a Virginia save, Lloyd gathered the ball that came off to Burnley’s pads and quickly put it in the cage for the score.
The Cavaliers tied the game for the second time with 1:43 remaining in the half. Second-year Haley Carpenter pushed the ball from outside the circle towards the goal and Traci Ragukas redirected the pass into the back of the cage. It was the sixth score of the season for Ragukas.
Virginia returns to action with a 6 p.m. contest Wednesday against Richmond at the University Hall Turf Field.