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Orange ride momentum of three unanswered first-half goals
NEWTON, Mass. (TheACC.com) – In the first ACC Field Hockey Championship game in program history, No. 2 Syracuse scored three unanswered goals for a 3-1 victory against host Boston College.
The win advances Syracuse to the semifinals, where it will take on either third-seeded North Carolina or sixth-seeded Wake Forest.
The seventh-seeded Eagles jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Chapin Duke, but it did little to slow Syracuse which proceeded to score three goals on 14 shots and two penalty corners in a deciding first half of play.
Syracuse’s first tally came from Leonie Geyer off of a penalty corner. Emma Russell inserted the ball to Jordan Page, who chipped a pass to Geyer. The senior midfielder then sent a drive past Boston College’s lunging goalkeeper, Leah Settipane, for the equalizer.
The Orange’s second goal of the half and the eventual game winner came from Russell with just over seven minutes before the break. The midfielder was in perfect position on a rebound to give Syracuse a 2-1 lead.
The game’s final score came with 0.4 seconds remaining in the first half, as Syracuse’s Lauren Brooks finished on a redirect. On a rush, Geyer fired a shot from outside the circle and Brooks tipped it in for the 3-1 lead.
After allowing one goal and multiple scoring chances in the opening 35 minutes, the Orange defense tightened up to limit any chances for a comeback by the Eagles.
In total, Syracuse recorded 18 shots and five penalty corners to Boston College’s eight shots and one penalty corner.
For the season, the Orange has allowed one goal or less in 14 of their 18 matches and own an unblemished 14-0 mark in those contests.
More information on the 2013 ACC Field Hockey Championship can be found online at http://theacc.co/FHChamp.