Field Hockey Shut Out By Ninth-Ranked Boston College

Rachael Miers

WORCESTER, Mass. Boston College senior forward Janna Anctil scored two goals and made three assists to spoil the Holy Cross field hockey team's home opener at the Hart Turf Field on Sunday afternoon, as the ninth-ranked Eagles won by the final 5-0 score. Holy Cross falls to 0-2 on the season with the loss while Boston College improves to a perfect 5-0. Sophomore goalie Kelly Sotsky (Wayne, N.J.) came up with four big saves on Boston College's nine shots on-goal for her team.

Holy Cross held the Eagles to a pair of goals in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Jacqui Moorfield opened the scoring on a penalty corner with a setup from senior Emily Kozniuk and Anctil at 21:44. Later in the period, freshman Chapin Duke dished to Anctil who scored from three yards out with just under three minutes left to make it 2-0. Sotksy made two saves on the half.

The Eagles then saw the back of the cage with 27:38 left in the second half with a two yard stroke to the left corner of the cage by Anctil, assited by junior Courtney Taverner for the third Boston College goal. Less than six minutes later, junior midfielder Catherine O'Brien found grad student Tilly Brampton right in front of the cage to sneak a score by Sotsky. With 1:39 left in the game Taverner scored directly in front of the net with assistance from Anctil for the final score of the day. 

Sophomore Emily Allen (Lee, N.H.) setup a shot from senior midfielder Alanna Sikorski's (Glen Gardner, N.J.) penalty corner for the best Crusader scoring opportunity of the day.  Seconds earlier, junior Rachael Miers (Langhorne, Pa.) went down the field one-on-one with an Eagles back but was unable to score as the defender swatted the ball away.

Boston College enjoyed a 9-0 advantage on penalty corners in the first half and finished with a 12-1 edge. Crusader net-minder Sotsky made a pair of saves in each half, while Eagle keeper Kristine Stigas had to face only one shot on goal.

Holy Cross plays again on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 4:00 p.m when they travel to Loudonville, N.Y. to face off with Siena in a non-conference match-up. The game will be played on the Siena Turf Field.