Field Hockey, Women’s Soccer Eliminated from NCAA Tournaments
Successful seasons for both teams end with road losses
BU’s field hockey and women’s soccer Terriers were both blanked 3-0 by familiar foes this weekend in their respective NCAA tournaments – losses that ended incredible seasons for the nationally ranked squads.
On Saturday the field hockey team dropped its first round match to UConn, a national power that beat BU 6-0 earlier this year. On Friday, the women’s soccer team came up short against Boston College, the same school that bounced BU from the tournament a year ago.
At Princeton’s Class of 1952 Stadium, UConn scored all three of its goals in the first half, leaving BU in a hole it could never dig out of. The Terriers pressured the Huskies in the second stanza with six shots, but to no avail. BU finished the season ranked 20th in the nation and won its conference
title for the second year in a row.
The 2006 edition of the BU field hockey team got off to a rocky start with a 2-4 record before the Terriers got in a groove and won five straight games, posting shutout victories over UMass and Northeastern. The team stumbled again, losing two of three, including a humbling 6-0 blanking at the hands of UConn on October 18. But then BU rolled over its next six opponents.
The Terriers’ last two victories, a 1-0 squeaker over
Sarah Shute (SHA’08) scored what proved to be the game-winner against
This year’s conference title marks the sixth in the Terriers’ history and their second in a row: BU also victimized Maine in last year’s America East championship, 3-1. Shute scored two goals in that victory. “I’m proud of this team,” says Starr. “The players have been motivated and mature. They didn’t let the earlier loss to UConn get them down, and they played extremely smart hockey down the stretch.”
In the first round of the NCAA tournament at
of the women’s soccer team
defense. Photo by Rob Klein
The women’s soccer Terriers were invited to the NCAA tournament despite being eliminated from the America East tournament in a semifinal loss to the
“We put ourselves in a great position with quality wins and a strong schedule,” says coach Nancy Feldman. “The at-large bid was a great achievement, in a funny sort of way.”
Of course, Feldman would rather have seen her team beat
The Terriers have appeared in five of the last seven NCAA tournaments. This year marked their first at-large bid. Feldman says the commitment of the team’s veteran players, along with the surprising surge of the freshman class, was behind the success of this year’s squad. “The freshmen know what it takes to get to the NCAA tournament,” she says. “It bodes well for the future.”
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