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Syracuse's Kati Nearhouse, 30, is pressured by Boston College's Emma Plasteras, 9, during the ACC Field Hockey Quarterfinals, on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Durham, N.C. #ACCFH (Photo by Sara D. Davis, theACC.com)
Orange advance to face No. 2 North Carolina
DURHAM, N.C. -- Behind the record-setting performance of forward Emma Russell, No. 6-seeded Syracuse defeated No. 3 Boston College, 5-2, in the first round of the 2014 ACC Field Hockey Championship in Durham, N.C.
Russell had a hand in all five of the Orange’s scores with four goals and an assist, setting a new single-game ACC Championship record for goals in the process.
With the victory, Syracuse avenged a 3-2 overtime loss to the Eagles earlier in the season and will face No. 2-seeded North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
“When we played them in September we were still trying to figure ourselves out and we wanted to be more aggressive,” said Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley. “A key focus for us tonight was aggressive play and to be able to move the ball quickly, and I think we did that pretty well with keeping the tempo and keeping the pace.”
The Orange opened the scoring 30 seconds into the game when Russell, a junior from Enniskerry, Ireland, took a pass from Laura Hurff and backhanded it into the net.
Boston College quickly answered with a goal of its own in the fifth minute after Emma Plasteras inserted a penalty corner to Emily McCoy who assisted on the goal by Kelcie Hromisin.
The third score of the game came with under three minutes to play in the half when Russell gathered the ball from a scrum and scored for her second of the evening.
The Eagles tied up the game at 2-2 with a goal just after halftime by Hromisin, her second of the match and ninth of the year.
Syracuse took the lead for good in the 59th minute as Russell secured the hat trick, scoring on a backhand. She then added an insurance tally in the 66th minute with her fourth of the game to put Syracuse up 4-2.
The Orange scored once more with four seconds left as Kati Nearhouse put home an empty netter, assisted by Russell.
Syracuse held a 20-16 advantage in shots while Boston College had a 9-6 edge in penalty corners.
With the win, the Orange moves to 10-0 this season when scoring four or more goals and 14-1 when out-shooting its opponent.