Terrier Field Hockey Season Ends With 2-1 Semifinal Loss To Delaware




Junior goalkeeper Susan Harrington was stellar in goal in the Terriers 2-1 seminfinal loss to Delaware. (Photo by Rob Klein)

BOSTON - The No. 2 seeded Boston University field hockey team was upended by No. 3 Delaware, 2-1, in the semifinals of the America East Championship on Friday night (Nov. 2) at Sweeney Field in Boston. The loss ends the season for the Terriers, who finish the year with an 8-11 record.

The tempo of the game started in favor of the Terriers, whose stifling defense held the Blue Hens to only three shots in the first half. B. U. broke into the scoring column just 3:58 into the game, as senior Felicia Cappabianca (North Caldwell, NJ), playing in her last game, deflected a shot from freshman Meredith Long (Ocean City, NJ) that found the back of the cage, giving the Terriers a 1-0 lead.

Delaware (13-7) evened the score at 10:46 of the first half, as freshman Leah Geib (Schwenksville, PA) drove into the circle to the right of Terrier goalkeeper Susan Harrington (Tuftonboro, NH) and took a shot that got past Harrington's right side.

The score remained 1-1 until the 21:59 mark of the second half. The Blue Hens got only one penalty corner opportunity in the second half and they capitalized as Geib redirected a shot taken off the corner and found the back of the cage for her second goal of the game to put Delaware up to stay, 2-1.

When asked about whether she was happy about the Terriers' effort, B. U. head coach Sally Starr said she wasn't happy with the outcome but thought the Terriers had fought hard for 70 minutes. "Our team competed hard tonight, and they left it all on the field, but Delaware is a good team," said Starr.

Harrington withstood an invigorated Delaware offense in the last 10 minutes, making a number of difficult saves to keep the Terriers close. Delaware's defense put the clamps on B. U.'s offensive attack in the second half, limiting the Terriers to two shots in the period.

"Susan was outstanding, she really kept us in this game," remarked Starr. "Some of the second-half shots that she took were just some highlight-type saves."

Harrington finished the game with three saves. Delaware's redshirt freshman goalkeeper Heidi Hibshman made two stops, recording her sixth victory of the season.

Delaware advances to play in the championship game against No. 1 Northeastern, a 2-1 winning over No. 4 Maine in the opening semifinal game.

No. 3 Delaware (13-7) 1 1 -- 2
No. 2 Boston Univ. (8-11) 1 0 -- 1

SCORING SUMMARY First Half: (BU) Felicia Cappabianca (Meredith Long), 31:02; (UD) Leah Geib (Unassisted), 10:46. Second Half: (UD) Geib (Unassisted), 21:59. Shots on Goal: UD 8; BU 7. Penalty Corners: UD 4; BU 2. Goalkeeper Saves: UD (Hibshman 2), BU (Harrington 3).



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