Oct. 5, 2014
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BOSTON - Sophomore Amanda Cassera opened the scoring and assisted on the game-winner to lift the Boston University field hockey team to a 3-1 victory over Harvard on Sunday afternoon at New Balance Field. The result allowed Sally Starr to record her 400th win as head coach of the Terriers.
Starr ranks fifth among active coaches with 419 career wins, as she spent two seasons as the head coach at Bucknell before coming to BU in 1981. She joins Beth Anders (Old Dominion), Karen Shelton (North Carolina), Char Morett (Penn State) and Missy Meharg (Maryland) as the only coaches in Division I history to win 400 games at one school.
On Sunday, Starr's Terriers took an early lead and went ahead for good late in the first half before securing the win to improve to 5-5 on the season.
Off a corner in the eighth minute, the play was set for sophomore Bea Baumberger Altirriba at the top of the circle. Cassera was open at the right post, where Baumberger Altirrib found her for an easy redirect and a 1-0 BU lead. It was Cassera's team-best sixth tally of the season.
All four of the Crimson's first-half shots were on goal, including an attempt that would have found the top right corner if not for an impressive defensive save by freshman Allie Renzi.
Harvard got an equalizer in the 18th minute on a reverse-stick shot by Elizabeth Jacobsen, but Cassera teamed up with classmate Taylor Blood to regain the lead for BU.
After having an initial shot attempt blocked near the right post, Cassera got to the rebound and spotted Blood, who punched it in on the left post at 31:09 for her third goal of the year.
Another sophomore, Hester van der Laan, gave BU an insurance tally in the 58th minute when she got through the defense before scoring from eight yards out.
Senior goalkeeper Valentina Cerda Eimbcke made seven saves for the Terriers while the Crimson got a two-save effort from Issy Davies.
Both teams recorded 11 shots on the day and Harvard held a 6-5 edge in corners.
The Terriers will return to action on Saturday (Oct. 11) when they host Lehigh in a Patriot League contest beginning at noon.