Nov. 14, 2009

PRINCETON, N.J. - The eighth-ranked Syracuse University field hockey team defeated the ninth-ranked Boston College Eagles, 6-2, this afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Class of '52 Stadium on the campus of Princeton University. The Orange scored four first-half goals all off penalty corners and added two goals in the second half. Syracuse improves to 18-3, while Boston College ends the year with a 13-7 mark.

Syracuse will play No. 4 Princeton tomorrow at 2 p.m. with a Final Four bid on the line. The Orange defeated the Tigers, 3-2, in overtime to advance to the program's first Final Four last season.

Freshman back Amy Kee scored Syracuse's first goal off a low sweeping shot created by SU's fifth penalty corner of the day 11:37 into the game. Junior back Maggie Befort provided the push and sophomore midfielder Martina Loncarica was there on the stop. It was Kee's 11th goal of the year, Befort's eighth assist and Loncarica's team-best 15th assist.

Boston College evened the score four minutes later as Chelsey Feole beat freshman goalkeeper Leann Stiver low glove side after taking a pass from Kate Gillis.

Befort made the score 2-1 on SU's sixth corner 17:51 into the contest. The junior put home a rebound off a Kee blast. It was Befort's 10th tally of the season.

Princeton evened the score again at 24:49. Taylor Turchi found the back of the cage off a rebound from her initial shot. The play was created by Boston College's second corner of the day.

Senior forward Tracy Deitrick gave the Orange a 3-2 advantage at 28:53 of the first half. The senior's fourth goal of the year came off a scrum in front of the cage.

Junior forward Shelby Schraden moved the score to 4-2, tipping in a shot from Loncarica at 30:19 of the first half. It was Schraden's eighth goal and Loncarica's team-high 16th assist of the season.

Junior forward Kristin Girouard gave the Orange a 5-2 advantage at 39:48, deflecting home a shot from junior forward Lindsey Conrad. It was Girouard's sixth goal and Conrad's ninth assist of the year.

Conrad put the score at 6-2 at 43:10, converting on a shot from the right-side of the arc.

The Orange outshot the Eagles, 18-14, and held an 11-5 advantage in penalty corners.

Stiver made eight saves in the cage for Syracuse. Kristine Stigas had five for Boston College.