Deacs Drop 2-1 Decision at No. 16 Boston College
Oct. 26, 2012
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Two goals in the final 10 minutes by No. 16 Boston College spoiled Wake Forest's regular season finale in Chestnut Hill, Mass., as the Demon Deacons fell 2-1 to the Eagles on Friday evening.
Wake Forest finishes the regular season with an 8-10 record overall and a 1-4 mark in ACC games, while Boston College improves to 10-8 and 2-3 in conference matchups.
Freshman Madi Julius came out firing early for the Deacs, tallying two shots on goal in the first six minutes against Eagles goalkeeper Leah Settipane. Wake Forest dominated much of the possession in the first half, limiting Boston College to just three shots, only one of which was on goal.
Late in the half, the Demon Deacons had their best chance to score but could not capitalize. A penalty corner by Jess McFadyen led to a strike by Molly Murphy, but Settipane again stepped up for the Eagles to keep the score 0-0 heading into the halftime break.
Anna Kozniuk opened the second half with a shot on goal at the 35:46 mark that was stopped, but that shot was just the beginning of a fantastic half for the Canadian sophomore. Despite not registering a shot in the first half, Kozniuk finished with four shots on goal.
Wake Forest grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 46th minute on one of those shots by Kozniuk. The goal, her fifth of the season, came on an unassisted backhanded chip into the top corner of the cage to give Wake the advantage.
As the clock ticked under 10 minutes remaining, Boston College pulled Settipane in order to gain an extra attacker, a strategy that paid off just one minute later when the Eagles were rewarded with a penalty stroke after a foul inside the circle. Paige Norris converted the attempt at 63:01 to tie the game at 1-1.
Both sides seemed poised for overtime, but Boston College struck with just two minutes remaining to seal the victory. Virgynia Muma tipped a shot, but Kaitlyn Ruhf made the save on the attempt. Chapin Duke collected the rebound, however, and sent it past Ruhf for the game-winning goal.
The Deacs had chances on two late penalty corners, but two saves from Settipane in the final two minutes kept the Eagles in front.
Ruhf's second save of the night was the 300th of her career, making her just the fourth goalkeeper in Wake Forest history to reach that milestone.
Wake Forest outshot Boston College 15-10 and outcornered them 4-2, but could not make the most of their chances. Despite the loss, Kozniuk and Julius each had outstanding games and combined for nine of Wake's 15 shots.
The Demon Deacons will return to action next Thursday afternoon for the quarterfinals of the 2012 ACC Field Hockey Championship set to be hosted in Chapel Hill, N.C. Their seed and opening opponent have yet to be determined, but will be announced by the league offices on Saturday.