Sept. 25, 2011
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -
The No. 17 Boston University field hockey team fell short in its bid to upset No. 5 Syracuse on Sunday afternoon, as the Terriers dropped a 3-2 contest to the Orange at J.S. Coyne Stadium.
Sophomore Amira Downes and junior Macey Gaumond scored for the Terriers, who move to 5-4 on the year.
Freshman Valentina Cerda played the final 30:49 in goal for the Terriers and remarkably saved all 10 shots she faced, but the Orange held off a comeback attempt to pull off the one-goal win.
After Syracuse (7-2) opened the scoring off a corner at 8:58 on a marker by Iona Holloway, Downes answered with her first career goal on a fast break to make it a 1-1 contest late in the first half.
The Orange regained the lead with a pair of goals just seven seconds apart in the 40th minute, as Kelsey Millman gave her team a 2-1 edge at 39:04 before Heather Susek came right back moments later with her team-leading seventh tally of the season to make it a 3-1 affair.
The Terriers' comeback efforts suffered a huge blow when junior Nicole van Oosterom was the recipient of an unconventional 10-minute yellow card at 59:02.
Despite being shorthanded, BU got one back when Gaumond tipped in a pass from senior Kate Murphy in the 63rd minute to raise her team-goal total to seven on the year. Syracuse withstood the late push, however, and held on for the victory.
Syracuse generated the vast majority of its offense off its 12 corners on the day and held a 22-4 advantage in shots. BU earned two corners and got a three-save performance from junior Jess Maroney before she was relieved following the Orange's third goal.
Having wrapped up a four-game road stretch, the Terriers will return to action on Saturday (Oct. 1) when they open up their America East schedule with a home contest against Vermont at Jordan Field. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m.