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BC Field Hockey's Impressive Season Comes to an Abrupt End

The Boston College field hockey season came to a close Saturday with a 5-0 loss to No. 6 UConn in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Eagles were ranked tenth in the nation and sixth in the ACC after an overall impressive 2016 season.

With their efforts this year, members of the class of 2017 became the first in program history to reach the NCAA tournament all four years of their collegiate careers. Their senior season also boasts a number of accolades that distinguish the class as one of the most successful in all of BC field hockey.

The team went 3-3 in ACC play during the regular season, matching the all-time best conference record in program history. This accomplishment is staggering considering the strength of the Atlantic Coast Conference when it comes to field hockey—the ACC represents six of the top 10 DI teams and is widely regarded as the most competitive conference in the nation. Boston College faced the second-hardest season in the country this fall, topped only by fellow ACC member UVA.

Heading into the ACC tournament, this record gave the Eagles their highest seeding ever with the #3 spot behind Duke and Syracuse. Despite losing in the first round to eventual conference champions UVA, Boston College made their mark on the ACC this year in a vast improvement over 2015’s 1-5 conference record.

A total of four players—redshirt junior goalkeeper Audra Hampsch, sophomore Ymke Rose Gote, sophomore Frederique Haverhals, and senior Emily McCoy—were named to the all-ACC second team, setting a program record and testifying to the exceptional talent displayed by this year’s squad. Hampsch, who came into the season having only ever played in three college games, started every game this fall and blocked a total of 108 shots, finishing the season with a personal best of 10 saves against UConn. She ended the season as the third-best goalkeeper in the ACC, accumulating 30 conference saves to lead the ACC in overall saves.

The Eagles’ premature finish to their season is far from indicative of the 2016 team’s prowess. BC became known for an aggressive offense driven by twin sisters Eryn and Emily McCoy and sophomores Lucy Lytle and Ymke Rose Gote. The team averaged a winning margin of over four points in the regular season; when they won, they crushed their opponents.

Although their season is over, this year’s field hockey team leaves behind a legacy of excellence. The season will go down as one of the program’s most successful regular season runs, hampered only by an early ending to the postseason.

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