Oct. 6, 2013
Box Score | Coach Starr's Postgame Comments
BOSTON - Despite breaking a scoreless tie early in the second half, the Boston University field hockey team dropped a 3-1 contest to No. 13 Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon at New Balance Field. The Terriers move to 7-4 on the season.
After a first half in which neither team was able to score, the Terriers got on the board in the 38th minute when freshman Amanda Cassera knocked home a rebound.
The Minutewomen, however, stormed back with three goals - all off corners - to come away with the victory and improve to 9-4.
BU got off to a great start, setting up a handful of good scoring chances while not allowing the visitors to record a shot in the game's first 14 minutes.
The Terriers' best first-half chance came late in the ninth minute when freshman Taylor Blood drew a penalty stroke when she was tripped up in front of the goal. Senior Ysi Schieb took the stroke but her attempt into the low left corner was stopped.
UMass was able to earn four corners late in the opening half, but junior goalkeeper Valentina Cerda Eimbcke and the Terrier defense were up to the task and the teams entered intermission in a 0-0 deadlock.
The Terriers started the latter half the same way they did the first and were rewarded with the game's first goal.
Senior Madeleine Hackett drilled a shot from the right side and it was saved by UMass goalkeeper Sam Carlino. Cassera, who was positioned in front of the cage, corralled the rebound and sent it in from four yards out at the 37:13 mark.
The Minutewomen responded with back-to-back goals by Renee Suter from the top of the circles off corners in the 48th and 53rd minutes.
Just moments after taking the lead, UMass was able to draw a penalty stroke. Cerda Eimbcke kept it a one-goal game with a tremendous leaping save after Hannah Prince's try was headed for the top left of the goal.
With a light rain turning into a steady downpour, BU threatened to draw even in the final 15 minutes of play and drew a pair of late corners, but could not extend the game.
UMass drew a corner in the closing seconds and used it to score its third goal of the afternoon when Molly MacDonnell knocked in a rebound at the right post.
Cerda Eimbcke made seven saves for BU while Carlino made four on the other end. The Minutewomen held a 14-9 shot advantage and earned 10 corners while allowing four to the Terriers.
BU will return to action on Saturday (Oct. 12) when it visits Lehigh for a Patriot League contest. Game time is set for noon.