Nov. 2, 2013
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BOSTON - Thanks to a strong effort in goal by junior Valentina Cerda Eimbcke and an offensive spark from sophomore Sofi Laurito, the Boston University field hockey team closed out its regular season with a 2-0 victory over Lafayette on Saturday at New Balance Field.
Laurito set up the first goal, which was scored by freshman Sara Martineau, and then scored in the second half to help BU seal the victory.
The Terriers matched their win total from last season and now stand at 12-6 overall. Saturday's win gave BU a 5-1 Patriot League record in its first year in the conference. In the Patriot League semifinals on Friday (Nov. 8), the No. 2-seed Terriers will take on third-seeded Bucknell at 2 p.m. at American.
Cerda Eimbcke turned back all seven shots she faced to pick up her fifth shutout of the season and third in League play. She got help from senior Ysi Schieb, who picked up a defensive save after stopping a rebound attempt at the right post in the opening half.
BU earned the first penalty corner of the game and then had to weather four straight Lafayette corners before Martineau got the Terriers on the board first in the 26th minute.
Laurito gained possession in the midfield and dribbled through the Lafayette defense before penetrating the right side of the circle and drilling a shot on goal. Lafayette netminder Jessica Deutsch made the save on the attempt but the ball was loose in front of her. Martineau was at the left post and poked the rebound underneath Deutsch for her second goal of the year.
The Leopards' best chance to draw even came in the opening stages of the latter half, when they earned three straight corners, but only managed one shot on goal.
BU didn't get its first shot of the second half until the 59th minute, but Laurito used the chance to secure a key insurance goal.
Senior Madeleline Hackett dribbled through the right side before sending a pass across the circle. It glazed off a stick in front before finding its way to Laurito, who collected it left of the goal before blasting a reverse-stick shot to the top right corner of the cage.
The visitors earned their eighth and final corner in the closing minute of regulation. Cerda Eimbcke was sharp once again, however, and made a save to preserve the shutout and close out the 2-0 victory.
Lafayette (6-10, 3-3 PL) held a 12-9 shot advantage for the game and got two saves from Deutsch.
Prior to the game, BU honored its eight-member senior class before the group played its final home contest. BU finished with a 7-4 home record in its first season at New Balance Field.