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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Lizzie Rae tallied her second career hat trick to lead the No. 4 Wake Forest Demon Deacons to a 4-3 win over No. 5 Boston College Thursday afternoon at the 2011 ACC Field Hockey Championship. With the win, Wake Forest advances to the semifinals and will face No. 1 North Carolina on Friday.
Despite being outshot 23-6, Wake Forest converted on four of their shots. Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Ruhf made nine saves – six coming in the second half – to secure the win.
“I thought that Kaitlyn would be a key for us today. Certainly in the first half she did that and then she came up big in the second half as well,” said Wake Forest head coach Jennifer Averill. “She played a great game.”
“I don’t think I could ask for anything more. They showed tremendous character,” said Boston College coach Ainslee Lamb. “I don’t know if there is anything more that we could have done other than put the ball into the net. We kept asking them to persevere and that is exactly what they did. We had 23 shots; with that you expect to win the game. “
Boston College opened the scoring nine minutes into the game. Maike de Jager took control of a rebound on the left post after a penalty corner and knocked it in for her sixth goal of the season.
Wake Forest took advantage of its chances in the first half, getting three shots and converting on all of them. Lizzie Rae deflected a shot from Anna Kozniuk ten minutes into the game and added her second of the game just over five minutes later, converting a penalty corner set up by Lauren Greenwald and Jess McFadyen.
With 1:23 left in the first half, McFadyen inserted a penalty corner and then deflected a Kozniuk shot on the left side of the goal to give the Demon Deacons the 3-1 lead going into halftime.
Boston College junior Jacqui Moorfield scored her third goal of the year 11:07 into the second half, set up on a penalty corner by Carla Tamer on the right side to make the score 3-2. Emma Plasteras then knotted the score at 3-3 with 11:32 remaining in the game. The freshman grabbed a loose ball in the circle and fired a shot past Wake Forest goaltender Ruhf for her sixth goal of the year.
With less than three minutes remaining, Rae grabbed the ball down low on the right side, dribbled it in against two Boston College defenders, and elevated a shot on the near post for the winning score. It was her 13th of the year and the first hat trick since her freshman season.
“She does great things like the last goal. She is a player that can be dynamic,” said Averill. “Opponents double and triple down on her and it makes it difficult. I have no idea how she got the last goal in.”
The Demon Deacons advance to play No. 1 North Carolina Friday at 1 p.m. The game can be seen on the ACC’s regional sports network.
More information on the 2011 ACC Field Hockey Championship can be found online at http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-acc-field-hockey-championship.html.