The No. 11 Boston College field hockey team defeated the University of New Hampshire Wildcats 2-0 on Sunday, picking up a critical win ahead of two important ACC matchups against the top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils.
The Eagles set the tone early, with Nell Webber finding the back of the net on a low post shot midway through the first quarter. The goal proved to be all that Boston College needed, but the Eagles remained tenacious throughout the contest, tallying 14 shots (seven on goal) compared to the Wildcats’ nine (six on goal).
Boston College controlled the first half, holding the Wildcats to just two shots and tallying seven on the attack. Despite their statistical dominance, the Eagles entered the half leading by just one goal.
However, the score would not stay that way for long. Just four minutes after the halftime break, star freshman Margo Carlin drew a penalty, setting up Sky Caron for her fourth goal of the season on a penalty shot.
Caron’s goal sealed a 2-0 victory for the Eagles, although the Wildcats made a second-half push to tie the score. Goalkeeper Sarah Dwyer held strong, turning away each of UNH's six shots and recording a shutout.
Sunday’s win was an important one for the Eagles, but next Friday’s game against top-ranked North Carolina may help to decide who wins the ACC regular-season title. The Eagles, now 10-5 (3-1 ACC) have the opportunity to close the gap with the undefeated Tar Heels in an upset victory.
The Eagles will then close their regular season schedule at home against Duke, another opportunity to move up in the ACC standings.
The next two weeks play a great deal in determining how the Eagles are seeded in postseason play. However, having already matched last season’s win total, the team is certainly not short on confidence, with the talent and swagger to challenge the nation’s top team on Friday in North Carolina at 5 p.m.
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