Field Hockey Falls To #20 Boston University In Patriot League Semifinals
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BOSTON, Mass. – The Holy Cross field hockey team took a 4-0 loss to Boston University on Friday afternoon in the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament. The Terriers got off to a strong start, outshooting the Crusaders 15-1 in the first half. BU found the back of the net in the 15th minute with a bouncing shot from Kiley Gallagher on a penalty corner play. Grace Boston made it 2-0 in the 17th minute with a tip in front of the net. The Terriers continued their pressure and notched their third goal of the game in the 20th minute with a goal from Maika Akroyd before Boston scored her second of the game to make it 4-0 before halftime.
Despite BU adding 11 shots in the second half, the Crusader defense succeeded in limiting the Terriers’ chances and held them scoreless in the final 35 minutes. BU threatened early on the second half with a solid cross-pass for an open shot, but sophomore Marcia LaPlante made a diving save to hold off the scoring chance. The Crusaders created a solid scoring chance the other way late in the game. Junior Emily Loprete registered the shot on goal, but Kathleen Keegan came up with the save for BU to maintain the shutout.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The Terriers outshot Holy Cross 26-2.
- LaPlante stopped six shots on goal for the Crusaders.
- Millie Baker and Keegan each played one half in net for BU, with Keegan earning the lone save.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Senior Maureen Connolly finishes her career with 123 points on 50 goals and 23 assists. She ranks second all-time for career points and goals. In the win over Lafayette, she broke the school record for points in a single season with 47, and tied the record for single-season goals at 19.
- This was the second-straight Patriot League Tournament appearance for the Crusaders, marking the first time the team has made consecutive postseason appearances since the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
- The 2017 season has concluded.