September 4, 2009

Field Hockey Falls To No. 14 Boston College, 5-0, In Season Opener

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Quinnipiac University field hockey team lost to nationally ranked No. 14 Boston College, 5-0, in a non-conference match-up in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Quinnipiac opens the year at 0-1 while Boston College improves to 3-0.

"It was a tough game," head coach Becca Kohli said. "I think that we had a lot of first-game jitters, and it showed early. Not to mention that we were facing a nationally ranked team...we did not play well in the first half. It's extremely comforting to see the team shake off the cobwebs and it was good to see them focus and execute a game plan in the second half of the game."

Boston College senior captain Chelsea Feole scored twice, and assisted on two more goals, to push Boston College out to a 5-0 lead as the first half came to a close. Janna Actil scored one goal in the first frame, and also assisted on two other goals. Jessica Roberts and Emily Kozniuk also scored in the first half. Quinnipiac senior goalkeeper Jenna Grossman (Flanders, N.J.) did her best in stopping four of the nine shots on goal in the first half.

Boston College took an early lead with a goal less than thirty seconds into the game. Actil's shot was the first of the game for the Eagles and resulted in her third goal of the season. Feole scored her third goal of the year, unassisted at the 30:49 mark. Actil then picked up another point on an assist on Feole's second goal of the half at 17:12. Feole and Actil converted on assists on Roberts' second goal of the season to give the Eagles a 4-0 lead. Kozniuk scored with just under three minutes to play in the half to give Boston College a 5-0 lead heading into halftime. Feole also had an assist on Kozniuk's goal.

Grossman was lifted from goal following the first half and relieved by sophomore Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) Lewis stopped all four shots that came her way to hold the Eagles scoreless in the second half. Quinnipiac held Boston College to just nine shots down the stretch, thanks in large part to the efforts by Brandy Longacre (Bethlehem, Pa.), Bonnie Shea (Walpole, Mass.) and Cassie Adams (Shushan, N.Y.), who rotated four positions over the course of the game.

"We were a little hesitant in the first half," Adams said. "I think we came out a little more focused in the second half. You could tell once we got out there, we played much better."

The Bobcats return to action on Friday, Sept. 11 when they host Northeastern University for their 2009 home opener at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex on the Mt. Carmel campus of Quinnipiac University. The game, originally scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, is now being played at 4 p.m. Quinnipiac will also host Columbia University on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m.