No. 5 Virginia Falls 5-4 in Overtime to No. 14 Boston College
Box Score Oct. 24, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 5 Virginia field hockey team (12-4, 3-3 ACC) closed out its regular-season conference slate with a 5-4 overtime loss to No. 14 Boston College (9-7, 1-5 ACC) on Saturday (Oct. 24) at University Hall Turf Field in Charlottesville, Va.
The Cavaliers held a 3-0 advantage at the half, but the Eagles came back to tie the game with 5:08 remaining in regulation. Virginia had a penalty corner in the final seconds of the game, but a shot by junior Lucy Hyams (Whitstable, England) was blocked, sending the game into overtime. BC’s Emily McCoy scored the game winner on a second-chance shot 2:16 into the extra period.
Junior striker Riley Tata (Virginia Beach, Va.) scored three goals for the Cavaliers, the second hat trick of her career.
“It was a tale of two halves, again,” said Virginia head coach Michele Madison. “It was a very disappointing outcome for the amount of attack we were able to create and for what an outstanding first half we played. I give a lot of credit to Boston College for the comeback.”
The loss dropped Virginia into fourth place in the final ACC standings. The Cavaliers will be the No. 4 seed in the ACC Tournament, which is being hosted by Virginia Nov. 5-8 in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers will take on No. 5 seed Duke in the tournament’s opening game on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m.
The Cavaliers dominated Boston College in the first half with Tata scoring twice and sophomore Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) adding the Cavaliers third goal. The Cavaliers took 15 shots in the first half with BC goalie Leah Settipane making eight saves. BC took eight shots before halftime.
Coming back after halftime, the Eagles scored on a penalty corner 1:34 into the period. BC took eight shots in the second half, scoring four goals, including two more off penalty corners. AshLeigh Sebia knotted the game, 4-4, knocking an errant shot out of the air and into the upper corner of the goal with 5:08 remaining in the game.
Settipane finished the game with 16 saves. Virginia’s goal-keeping tandem of junior Rebecca Holden (Fishing Creek, N.J.) and redshirt freshman Carrera Lucas (Brooklandville, Md.) combined to make eight saves.
Before heading into the ACC Tournament, Virginia will close out the regular season on Friday, Oct. 30 playing at No. 18 James Madison.
Tickets are on sale for the ACC Tournament. All seats at Turf Field will be general admission with adult tickets priced at $5. Tickets for youth 18-and-younger are $3. Children two-and-younger are admitted free as are the students of participating ACC schools.. Ticket sales on game day will be CASH ONLY. The ticket office and gates to the field open one hour prior to the start of the first game each day.
Fans can purchase advance tickets online at VirginiaSports.com, in-person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium or over the phone at 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821).
More information about the championship is available at theacc.com.