Boston College field hockey battled their third-straight ranked opponent on Sunday afternoon when they took on the No. 11 St. Joe’s Hawks at the Newton Field Hockey complex.
After collapsing late against No. 6 Louisville on Friday, the Eagles were motivated to right the ship and find some measure of consistency against a Jesuit foe in St. Joe’s, but ultimately squandered another lead in a 5-4 defeat, despite two goals from freshman Margo Carlin.
The Eagles jumped out to a quick start offensively with plenty of patient build-up and carefully crafted shots on goal. It didn’t take long for them to net the opener when Charlotte Von Huelsen backhanded home a rebound about halfway through the opening period to put BC up 1-0.
St. Joe’s took advantage of a corner to fire back quickly on a well-placed ball in front of goal before punching in a second cross not even a minute later, tying the game at one apiece.
The first intermission allowed BC’s defense to catch their breath after St. Joe’s scored again to take a 2-1, and the unit adjusted impressively in the second quarter to hold the Hawks to only a single attempted shot.
Meanwhile, the Eagle attack continued to chip away at St. Joe’s defense. Brigid Wood would score the equalizer before halftime when she picked off a sloppy pass at midfield and broke away for an easy finish, tying up the game 2-2.
BC jumped ahead 3-2 two minutes out of the halftime break thanks to the efforts of freshman sensation Margo Carlin. Carlin showed skill and awareness beyond her years when she closed down quickly on a Hawks defender in her own box and hooked the ball free before smashing it past the goalkeeper.
After a solid first-half showing, the Eagles defense looked completely lost in the final two quarters. St. Joe’s scored off another corner six minutes into the third to even the score at three, but Carlin would slot home her team-leading tenth goal of the season on a centered ball by Jaime Natale to put BC back on top 4-3.
St. Joe’s would knot things up 4-4 on a rebounded shot with under a minute left in the third quarter, and BC would never see the lead for the remainder of the game.
The final quarter was filled with great chances from both sides with nothing to show of them on the scoreboard. After 15 minutes of back and forth play, the Hawks would break the deadlock on a deflected shot from yet another penalty corner.
Down 5-4 with only seconds to play, BC would receive a final chance on a penalty corner of their own, but a venomous strike on goal from Fusine Govaert was saved by the St. Joe’s keeper to seal the victory.
Following the weekend’s two heartbreaking losses to ranked opponents, Boston College now sits at 4-5 on the season and is desperately in search of a team identity. The Eagles have looked like every bit of the No. 15 ranked program they are, but have failed to maintain any sense of consistency to date.
Luckily, BC will have until Friday to regroup and answer these questions when they travel to Charlottesville to take on the University of Virginia at 5 p.m.