Wake Forest Downs Boston College 3-2 on Senior Day
Oct. 28, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The third-ranked Wake Forest women's field hockey team closed out its regular season with a 3-2 victory over No. 12 Boston College in an Atlantic Coast Conference game on Sunday afternoon on Senior Day. The Demon Deacons ended the regular season with a 12-4 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the ACC, while the Eagles fell to 12-7 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
Wake Forest immediately took possession and opened the game with several consecutive shots, but Eagle goalkeeper Julia Berkowitz made four saves to keep the score knotted at zero.
But the Demon Deacons kept pushing and took advantage of its first penalty corner. After a shot by Minou Gimbrere was blocked, Emily Cummings tapped the ball over to Melissa Martin who knocked in the first goal at the 13:44 mark for her seventh goal this season.
The Eagles finally took their first shot after more than 20 minutes into the game and after a Wake Forest corner went awry, Boston College took over on offense. Boston College's Crystal Frates broke free of the Deacon defense and pounded Wake goalkeeper Crystal Duffield with three shots, but the junior saved each one.
Boston College tied the score at 1-all after capitalizing on its first penalty corner when Tara Fernandes scored at the 30:06 mark with an assist from Frates.
With the score knotted at one, both teams battled to get something started on offense, but it would be almost 10 minutes before either team took a shot. Wake Forest struck at the 49:52 mark when Cummings fired a shot from the top of the circle, sneaking it past Berkowitz for the go-ahead goal.
The Deacs continued to dominate on offense and added another goal, which proved to be essential late in the game. Regina Shannon knocked in the Deac's third goal at the 58:26 mark, connecting on a deflection from Martin's shot just seconds earlier.
As the clock neared the end of regulation, the Eagles Chelsey Feole cleared Wake's defense and faced Duffield one-on-one. Feole passed Duffield and took an open-net shot, but the ball hit the post. With less than a minute to go and the ball still in Boston College's possession, the visiting team was awarded a penalty stroke with 12 seconds remaining in the game.
Bob Dirks gave the Eagles their second goal to minimize Wake's advantage by one, but it was too little, too late as Wake Forest recorded the 3-2 victory.
Gimbrere led all players with five shots, while Cummings, Martin and Michelle Kasold recorded four each. The Deacs held a 28-9 advantage in shots, including a 16-3 advantage in the second half.
Wake Forest, which finished third in the conference behind North Carolina (5-0) and Maryland (4-1), will travel to Chestnut Hill for the ACC Championship beginning Nov. 1.
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