ORONO – When Boston College senior midfielder Thalia Steenssens acquired the ball at midfield within the first additional time interval of the Terriers subject hockey recreation in opposition to the College of Maine, she heard teammate Amalia Preece calling for the ball.
She then put a protracted cross proper on the broad open Preece’s stick, and Preece transformed in a one-on-one with UMaine freshman goalie Jayde Temby to provide the Terriers a 3-2 victory on the off-UMaine subject hockey complicated on Friday.
“Martu Coulo made a deal with, and I finished the ball. I noticed [Preece] yelling for it and I instantly smashed it up entrance, hoping [she would get it],” mentioned Steenssens.
There wasn’t a Black Bear within the neighborhood.
Groups take away 4 gamers in additional time and play seven versus seven.
“In a one-on-one with the goalie, the hot button is shifting the goalie,” mentioned sophomore ahead Preece. “So, you go to 1 facet, after which attempt to run round her [to the other side] as a result of they’re slower within the goalie pads. You attempt to beat them together with your pace.”
Preece went left at first, then sprinted throughout to her proper earlier than sliding the ball previous the outstretched left leg of Temby.
BU is now 1-1 and can play 0-1 Ohio College on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Orono.
UMaine, 1-2, will play Ohio College on Sunday at midday.
BU’s Payton Anderson opened the scoring on Friday 17:12 into the sport off a penalty nook.
Steenssens inserted the ball to Megan Wetzel, who stopped it and set it up for Anderson, who blistered a low shot previous the proper hand facet of UMaine goalie Mallory Drayer.
That was the one aim of the primary half.
UMaine’s finest likelihood got here off the stick of Saylor Kuefler, who discovered herself alone in entrance of BU goalie Kate Thomason.
However Thomason held her floor and made a proper pad cease.
Mallory Mackesy tied it for UMaine within the third quarter off a penalty nook.
Kristjana Walker inserted it to Poppy Lambert on the prime of the circle. As a substitute of capturing, Lambert slid it to Mackesy who fired it previous Thomason for her third aim of the season.
Freshman ahead Kuefler gave UMaine a 2-1 lead simply 1:48 later together with her first profession aim as she scored from a decent angle to the left of Thomason, who obtained a bit of the shot however couldn’t cease it.
However BU answered off a nook simply 2:25 later when Alex Purcell scored off a rebound.
An preliminary shot by Anderson was blocked by a Black Bear however the rebound spilled over to freshman again Purcell to the proper of Temby, and she or he ripped it previous the goalie.
UMaine had a five-minute one-player benefit late within the fourth quarter however couldn’t capitalize.
Thomason completed with six saves on 11 UMaine shot makes an attempt whereas Temby was credited with one save and Drayer didn’t have any within the first half.
BU had eight shot makes an attempt.
“I knew it was going to be such a hard-fought recreation immediately,” mentioned BU coach Sally Starr, a 2014 inductee into the Nationwide Subject Hockey Coaches Affiliation Corridor of Fame. “I’ve a lot respect for Josette (UMaine head coach Josette Babineau) and her program.
“I watched their video games in opposition to BC (Boston Faculty) and PC (Windfall Faculty) final weekend. I knew they’d be competing for each ball. So we needed to come out and play structurally disciplined and we needed to be able to compete,” Starr added. “I’m actually pleased with our women.”
“They had been the higher group within the first half,” mentioned Babineau. “We had been down 1-0 at halftime and I felt like we had been a bit bit defeated. However the mentality modified at halftime, and I believed we had a extremely good second half, and so they had been a bit bit flatter.
“Bought ourselves within the lead. However additional time is difficult. You suppose you may execute your ability however you actually can’t since you are so fatigued. One massive hit will get by the group. That’s the way in which it’s in additional time,” she added.
However she was upbeat, saying BU is an efficient group, and her group had “actual issue” with BU in an exhibition recreation a yr in the past.
“They outmatched us fairly a bit however the matchup was so much nearer immediately,” Babineau mentioned.