WASHINGTON, D.C. – Competing with the regular-season title and top seed in next week's Patriot League tournament on the line, the No. 14 Boston University field hockey team prevailed at No. 20 American, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon.
Final Score: #14 Boston University 2, #20 American 1
Records: BU (12-5, 5-1 PL), American (11-6, 5-1 PL)
Location: Jacobs Field – Washington, D.C.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Eagles owned a 6-1 advantage in shots and 4-0 lead in penalty corners in the first half, but sophomore Ally Hammel earned a defensive save in the 18th minute to help keep the game scoreless.
- BU came out attacking in the second and grabbed the lead at 38:52 when senior Amanda Cassera found Kara Enoch during a scrum in the circle at the right post.
- American found the equalizer with a fortunate bounce, as a pass from outside the circle went off the post instead of out of bounds or into the net for the disallowed goal. Haley Bowcutt collected the ball and quickly scored at 54:40.
- The Terriers retook the lead in the 67th minute by creating a turnover near their circle and going on the counter. After receiving the ball past midfield, Cassera moved up and sent an outlet pass to senior Sara Martineau, who scored inside the right post.
- American immediately called a timeout to set up its strategy but was unable to get off a shot attempt in the final four minutes.
- With the win, the defending Patriot League champion Terriers will host the conference tournament for the second consecutive year and will seek their third straight NCAA berth.
- Cassera tallied two assists in one game for the first time in her career and is now tied for second on the team with four helpers this year.
- Enoch posted her fifth goal of the season, while Martineau earned her third.
- Jensen had one save for the Terriers and helped defend against four American corners.
- The Eagles finished ahead in both shots (9-5) and corners (4-3) with Maura Jacobs recording one save in the loss.
- The top-seed Terriers will next host No. 2 seed American, No. 3 Holy Cross and No. 4 Bucknell on Friday (Nov. 4) in the Patriot League semifinals with the title game taking place next Sunday, Nov. 6 at New Balance Field.
- BU opens against No. 4 Bucknell in the semifinals at 1 p.m. on Friday.
- Fans will be able to watch all of the action on the Patriot League Network.