The Lafayette field hockey team put together one of its toughest fights of the season on Friday afternoon in Boston, but a 64th
-minute goal from the home side proved to be the difference as No. 24 Boston U. ended the Leopards' season by a score of 2-1.
The loss closed the book on the 2018 season for the Maroon and White with an overall record of 8-11, going 4-2 in conference play. It also proved to be the final game for seniors Rachel Bird
, Theresa Delahanty
, Adriana Pero
, Kristen Taylor
and Liza Welch
The game was played much different than the earlier meeting between the two sides that saw an offensive show of 11 goals between the two sides. This was a defensive affair with the teams combining for just 10 shots on goal.
Boston U. opened the scoring in the 20th
minute when Petra Hall finished off a corner set up by Jordyn Beesmer and Ailsa Connolly. Lafayette's answer came off its second corner opportunity in the opening half as the initial shot from senior co-captain Rachel Bird
was stuffed in front. Staying with it was junior Caroline Turnbull
, who picked up the ball out of the scrum and forced it into the back of the cage to tie it up at 1-1.
It looked as if BU would take control just a few minutes later as the Terriers were awarded a penalty stroke. Freshman Hailey Abbott
subbed in for junior Sarah Park
on the play and made a beautiful diving save to her left to stuff the point-blank opportunity and keep the game knotted up into the intermission.
The game remained at 1-1 through the majority of the second half before Hall struck again with the deciding tally. Working into the circle from the left side, Hall fired a shot that caught the right pad of Lafayette goalie Sarah Park
, but ricocheted into the back of the cage for the score.
Lafayette had its chances at an equalizer as freshman Molly McAndrew
forced a beauty of a kick save from BU keeper Kathleen Keegan on a breakaway as the Leopard pressure mounted late. Unfortunately, time ran out on the comeback bid as the buzzer sounded on a 2-1 final.
Shots finished at 13-8 in favor of the home side, while Lafayette out-cornered the Terriers, 3-1. Park finished with four saves on the afternoon to finish out her junior season and Keegan added two stops for BU.
Lafayette will graduate just three of its 11 starters this spring as the Leopards look ahead to the 2019 campaign.