Field Hockey Suffers 3-1 Loss At Boston College
Sept. 1, 2004
WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Boston College field hockey team scored three goals in a 16-minute span of the first half to overcome a 1-0 deficit and hand the University of Massachusetts a 3-1 loss in a game played on the campus of Bentley College. Senior Caitlin Beresin (Acton, Mass.) scored the lone goal of the game for UMass, while senior Christine Tocco (Reading, Mass.) made 15 saves in the net.
"We made huge strides tonight from Sunday," said UMass head coach Patty Shea. "We were scrambling around in the first half, but played much better hockey in the second half. We weren't running with a purpose on either offense or defense and were caught back on our heels a lot in that first half. In the second half, we competed and stepped up to every ball. We risked being great and dominated the possession of the ball."
UMass (0-2) had the better scoring chances in the second half, but were unable to put the ball in the back of the cage. Mid-way through the second half, junior Jaime Bawden (Penticton, British Columbia) ripped a back-handed shot off a penalty corner that was stopped by BC (1-1) goalkeeper Jillian Savoy. Later in the half, freshman Kara Murphy (Dedham, Mass.) blasted a shot from the center of the circle that Savoy turned aside.
Beresin scored UMass' first goal of the year 11:08 into the game when she took a feed from sophomore Kwylan Jaggassar (Longdenville, Trinidad & Tobago) and beat Savoy to the left side. The Eagles tied the game less than two minutes later when Sarah York broke in alone and slid the ball past Tocco who had come out of the net to challenge. Exactly three minutes later, Bronwen Kelly scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal. BC then added an insurance goal at the 28:40 mark off the stick of Crystal Frates.
Tocco made a season-high 15 saves in the cage for the Minutewomen. On the other side, Savoy had two saves. Boston College out-shot Massachusetts, 27-4, and held the edge in penalty corners, 12-2.
UMass returns to action this Sunday, Sept. 5, by hosting Harvard in its home-opener at Garber Field. Game time is 1:00 p.m. The Minutewomen will then head south to College Park, Md., to play games against the University of Maryland and American next weekend before returning to Garber Field for a 10-game homestand.
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