Stewart Powers Offensive Outburst, But Maine Field Hockey Falls, 5-4 to #19 Boston College
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Holly Stewart tallied two of Maine's four goals in the Black Bears' first road contest of the year but the squad came up short against No. 19 Boston College, losing 5-4 to the Eagles on Tuesday, in Chestnut Hill, Mass. In total nine goals were scored between the two sides as Maine fell to 0-3 on the year while Boston College improved to 3-0.
The Black Bears started quickly in the contest, stunning the Eagles with two quick markers in the game's first six minutes.
Stewart scored her first goal of the year as she was the beneficiary of a Nicole Sevey interception and pass into the circle, which Stewart fired past Eagles netminder, Leah Settipane. Marissa Shaw made it 2-0, picking up where she left off this weekend, finding a loose ball off a scramble and putting it past a sliding Eagles goalkeeper.
Boston College responded shortly thereafter as Emma Plasteras cut the deficit in half, scoring off a corner with Rommee Stiekema getting credited with the assist.
The Eagles made it 2-2 nine minutes later as Emily McCoy scored her third of the season off another penalty corner, as Paige Norris and Stiekema combined for assists on the tally.
The Black Bears took control early in the second half as Stewart notched her second of the season as Kaitlynn Stymiest rocketed a shot into the circle with Stewart deflecting it into the corner of the cage. That goal came in the 39th minute to give the Black Bears a 3-2 lead.
Boston College responded once again, two minutes later, as Plasteras broke through for her second of the game and fourth of the season, putting home a rebound, knotting it up at 3-3.
Kelcie Hromisin gave the Eagles their first lead of the contest, scoring in the 44th minute as McCoy centered a pass to Hromisin who tipped it past Natasha Ford to make it 4-3. Boston College broke away, scoring on its third corner of the day with McCoy firing off the insertion in the 54th minute of play.
Cassidy Svetek cut the Eagle lead to 5-4 at the 54:40 mark as she found room in the left corner of the cage but Boston College was able to fend off the Black Bears for the remaining 15 minutes to record its third victory of the season.
Stewart finished the match with four points (two goals) leading the Black Bears, while Plasteras recorded five points for BC (two goals, one assist) for the team lead.
Ford got her third start of the year, and this time was the only goalkeeper to see playing time, as she made nine saves on 14 shots and allowed five goals. Settipane started in the cage for Boston College, making four saves on eight shots and giving up four tallies to Maine.
Boston College controlled offensive play as they fired 23 shots toward the Black Bear net with 14 shots on goal. Maine recorded nine shots with eight on frame. The Eagles also held a decided advantage in the penalty corner category, as the team was credited with 12, with Maine recording four.
The Black Bears continue their busy week as they prepare for two weekend games on Saturday and Sunday. Maine will first take on Hofstra in Long Island, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon, and will follow that up with a matinee against Quinnipiac on Sunday. Both games are slated for noon.