Sept. 28, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. - Senior Tabi Hatch scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the final nine minutes of regulation to lead the No. 12 Boston University field hockey team to a thrilling 2-1 road victory over No. 23 Albany on Friday afternoon in the America East opener for both teams.
The Terriers improve to 7-3 overall and 1-0 league play while the Great Danes slip to 4-6 with a 0-1 conference mark. All six of Albany's losses this season have been by a single goal.
After Albany got the game's first goal in the 58th minute, Hatch found the back of the cage in the 62nd and 66th minutes to provide the late heroics and seal the comeback win.
"It was an up-and-down, evenly matched game," said head coach Sally Starr. "Albany played tough and hard and was disruptive, but we used some poised passing to come through at the end."
Albany broke the scoreless deadlock with the Terriers down a player due to a yellow card. Senior goalkeeper Jess Maroney did all she could to keep the ball out of the cage off a corner, stopping four straight shots before Daphne Voormolen gave the home team a 1-0 lead.
Hatch knotted the game just over four minutes later on an assist by classmate Macey Gaumond. Gaumond penetrated the circle from the left side before sending a pass across the way to Hatch, who converted above the right post.
The senior striker waited another four minutes before providing the winner in the 66th minute. Senior Leslie Zules provided the assist on the play, passing from the top of the circle and finding a streaking Hatch, who came in from the left before completing her second two-goal effort of the season.
"Our team knew they could score and I'm proud of the way they fought right back and earned a big win against a very good team," added Starr.
Each team earned two corners in the contest while Albany held a 13-7 advantage in shots. Five of Albany's shots came on its flurry that opened the scoring.
Maroney recorded saves on seven of the eight shots she faced in the second half after sophomore Valentina Cerda Eimbcke made four saves to shut out the Great Danes in the first half. Kristi Troch registered a pair of saves for the home squad.
The Terriers will return to action on Sunday (Sept. 30) when they play host to fifth-ranked and undefeated Connecticut. Game time is set for 5 p.m. It will mark the sixth time in its last seven contests that BU has faced a ranked opponent.