WORCESTER, Mass. – Boston University used a pair of goals in the fourth and 69th minutes to defeat Holy Cross, 2-0, in Patriot League field hockey action on Friday evening at the Hart Turf Field. With the win, the Terriers improve to 7-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference, while the Crusaders slip to 3-7 on the season and 0-2 in the Patriot League.
Holy Cross had the first chance to score a goal in the second minute of action, as it earned a penalty corner opportunity. Crusader junior forward Molly Feit (Acton, Mass.) launched a shot on net off the corner, but BU goalkeeper Valentina Cerda Eimbcke made the stop. The Terriers countered and worked the ball down to the other side of the field, where Sofi Laurito potted the game's first marker at the 3:25 mark of the first half. Laurito dribbled the ball down the right side and lofted a shot that found the back of the net.
BU kept up the offensive pressure, as it fired off a total of five shots on net over the next 20 minutes of action, but Holy Cross junior netminder Kat Matchett (Maple Glen, Pa.) made the clutch saves. At the 25:51 mark of the contest, Crusader sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Murray (Farmington, Conn.) drove a shot on net, but it was pushed aside by Eimbcke. The Crusaders earned back-to-back penalty corners in the 27th minute, but they were unable to convert on the opportunities. Both teams traded possessions over the final eight minutes of action, as BU went into the locker room with the 1-0 edge. The Terriers outshot the Crusaders 13-3 in the first half and also had seven shots on net to Holy Cross' two.
The second half proved to be an offensive struggle, as neither team had many scoring opportunities. Both defenses were stingy as BU held the 3-1 advantage in shots during the stanza. Holy Cross had a pair of penalty corners during the 65th minute, but the Terrier backline stood tall and prevented any shots from finding the net BU was able to add an insurance goal at the 68:27 mark of the contest. Off a penalty corner, Hester van der Laan took a pass from Anne Fruitema and lifted a shot that found the top corner of the net to clinch the match for the Terriers.
Eimbcke was called upon to make a pair of saves in the winning effort for BU, while Matchett played well and made eight stops on the evening. The Terriers held advantages in shots (16-4) and shots on goal (10-2), while the Crusaders held the 8-7 edge in penalty corners.
Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, Oct 6, when it will host Cornell at 1:00 p.m. on the Hart Turf Field. At that contest, the field hockey program will host its fourth annual "Think Pink Day" to raise awareness for breast cancer.