ALLSTON, Mass. – In the first meeting between the two programs in 10 years, the Boston University field hockey team fell to Vermont, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at Berylson Field.
The visiting Catamounts got two goals from Maddie Moran and were up 2-0 through three quarters. Junior Tess Csejka notched her team-leading fourth goal of the season in the 50th minute to cut the deficit in half, but Vermont scored less than two minutes later to regain a two-goal cushion.
BU held commanding advantages in both shots (22-10) and corners (15-4).
The Terriers are now 2-4 on the season while the Catamounts improve to 4-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Neither team was able to score in the opening quarter, but they did combine for three shots on goal (UVM 2, BU 1).
- BU was the dominant team in the second quarter, holding a 12-2 shot advantage and earning nine corners while allowing none, but the visitors were able to score on one of those two shots to take a 1-0 lead into the half.
- Moran corralled an entry ball curled around the right side of the circle before sneaking a shot past the BU netminder Caroline Kelly just 49 seconds into the second quarter.
- The Terriers then earned nine corners within a span of 12 minutes but could not come up with an equaliser.
- Vermont doubled its lead at the 35:57 mark when a sophomore Sophia Drees sent a hard-hit ball into the middle of the circle, where Moran tipped it high into the netting to make it 2-0.
- BU put pressure on the Vermont defense early in the fourth quarter and got on the board in the 50th minute.
- The Terriers forced UVM goalkeeper Sierra Espeland to make a save that sent the ball outside the arc and senior Ellie McIntyre pounced on it on the right side before sending it back in and finding Csejka, who slid it to the boards from above the right post.
- BU threatened again just over a minute later but a blocked shot allowed the Catamounts to take it the other way and earn a key insurance goal.
- Reggie Hillary entered the circle from the left side and sent a shot towards the cage that Sophia Lefrance tipped in at the 50:50 mark to regain a two-goal cushion at 3-1.
- BU did not give up, however, and earned three more corners but Espeland put the finishing touches on an impressive performance with four more saves to help her team seal the win.
- This was the first time the teams had met since 2012 during BU’s final season in America East.
- The result snapped BU’s seven-game win streak in the series as the Catamounts’ last victory came in 2006.
- Espeland turned in a 10-save effort, recording five in each half.
- Kelly made one save in the first half before junior Kate Thomason took over at halftime and added two saves over the final 30 minutes.
- McIntyre’s assist pushes her team-leading total to three this season.
- The Terriers will stay home for their next game as they will open their Patriot League slate with a tilt against Lehigh on Saturday (Sept. 17).
- Game time at Berylson Field is set for 1 pm