DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire field hockey team took a 2-1 lead at the end of the first half, but the 14th-ranked Boston College Eagles increased the offensive pressure in the second half, eventually earning two goals to defeat the Wildcats, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Memorial Field.
Boston College (12-4) struck first halfway through the first half, when Bronwen Kelly sent a penalty corner to Meg Palisoul's stick. Bob Dirks used a running start for a hard shot, which deflected off a UNH player's stick into the cage to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead at the 18:48 mark.
Less than four minutes later, the Wildcats tied the match as Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) received a free hit after a BC foul. She sent the ball into the box and found Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.), who shot it past Eagle goalie Jillian Savoy for her third goal of the season at the 22:01 mark.
UNH earned its first penalty corner of the match at the end of the first half and took advantage of the opportunity. MacKenzie Stuart (Washington Depot, Conn.) sent a shot towards the cage, and Sellenger dove onto the turf to deflect the ball past Savoy to give the Wildcats the halftime lead.
The second half belonged to the Eagles, as they outshot the Wildcats 12-1. Boston College tied the match at the 44:30 mark when Caitlin Gillen found Crystal Frates at the left post and Frates beat Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) for the goal.
Almost 12 minutes later, Frates notched the eventual game-winning goal, this time from the right side of the cage as she received a pass from Caitlyn Young and sent it in for her 12th goal of the season. After that goal at 56:20, the Eagles kept the Wildcats from spending a lot of time in the UNH offensive zone, giving up only a Sellenger shot that went wide.
Shute finished the match with ten saves, including several saves off close-range chances by the Eagles. Savoy earned two saves, both on shots from Kaitlyn Skelley (Wolfeboro, N.H.) in the first half, in picking up the victory for Boston College.
New Hampshire (6-12) finishes the regular season Saturday, October 29, against UMBC beginning at 1 p.m. at Memorial Field. The Wildcats need to defeat the Retrievers and have Vermont defeat Albany, who will be playing at the same time in Albany, N.Y., in order to qualify for the postseason conference tournament.