No. 7 Boston College field hockey earned their fourth NCAA Tournament win in program history, taking down No. 11 Northwestern 2-1 in the first round of the tournament on Friday afternoon in Louisville. Margo Carlin and Elizabeth Warner combined for the two goals to move the Eagles to the next round.
BC came out striking, getting off seven shots in the first quarter alone. The always-impressive Fusine Govaert led the offensive attack in the first quarter with three shots, all within a little over three minutes.
The Eagles were able to hold Northwestern to only two shots in the first quarter, allowing the team to take early control of the momentum.
BC couldn’t make anything happen out of their competitive play until Margo Carlin scored her team-high 18th goal of the season with 31 seconds left in the half to put the Eagles up 1-0. Carlin received a pass from Nell Webber and nailed a low angle shot into the back of the cage for the score.
Northwestern continued to have trouble playing at the same level as the Eagles throughout the third quarter, only getting off one shot in the quarter. Carlin had three solid looks for BC in the quarter but couldn’t add any insurance.
The fourth quarter brought a higher level of competitiveness as the Wildcats began to show more aggressive play. A penalty stroke by Bente Baekers with Jonna Kennedy in goal for the Eagles tied the game at one apiece with a little over ten minutes to play.
A penalty corner proved to be the saving grace for BC with 1:06 left in regulation. Elizabeth Warner capitalized on a penalty corner pass from Sky Caron, pushing the Eagles into a lead they would hold for the rest of the game.
Senior Sarah Dwyer recorded another shutout, bringing her goals against average (GAA) to 0.81 and save percentage to 0.814–second in the nation in both categories.
The Eagles’ next matchup will be against No. 5 Louisville on Sunday on the Cardinals home turf. BC lost to then-No. 6 Louisville 3-2 on Sept. 27 at home. However, the Eagles have won 10 of their 13 games since then and will bring a much different team to the table this time around.
Louisville went 14-4 overall and 3-3 in the ACC in the regular season. In the ACC Tournament, the Cardinals defeated Syracuse before falling to eventual champions North Carolina in the semifinals.
After defeating Michigan 2-1 in double overtime on Friday afternoon, the Cardinals will come bearing high energy from the thriller.
BC will look to squash that energy on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. when they take on Louisville. The game will be available online through this link.
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