Oct. 24, 2010

Courtesy of Syracuse Athletics

SYRACUSE - All-American Martina Loncarica netted a penalty stroke past Boston College graduate student goalkeeper Kristine Stigas into the bottom left corner with 5:10 left in the game to propel the No.8 Syracuse University field hockey team to a 3-2 victory against No. 14 Boston College this afternoon at J.S. Coyne Stadium. Syracuses fifth consecutive win improves the Orange to 12-4 overall, while the Eagles move to 10-6.

The Orange was able to hold off a flurry of Eagles attacks while playing down two players for the final five minutes after Loncarica drew a yellow card for throwing her stick in celebration and Boston College pulled its goalkeeper. Syracuse successfully defended against two consecutive Boston College penalty corners with two minutes left to ensure the victory.

Syracuse struck first just 3:43 into the game when sophomore back Iona Holloway deflected a blast by fellow sophomore back Amy Kee into the cage to give the Orange a 1-0 advantage. Boston College came right back, answering 24 seconds later when junior forward Courtney Tavener beat sophomore goalkeeper Leann Stiver left side to tie the score 1-1.

Kee launched a penalty stroke into the top left corner at 22:03 to put the Orange ahead, 2-0, entering halftime.

Tavener netted her second goal, equalizing the score, 2-2, seven minutes into the second half. Standing next to the right post, Tavener knocked in a pass off a penalty corner from sophomore back Jacqui Moorfield.

The Orange defense took away the Eagles momentum following the Tavener goal by thwarting all of their scoring opportunities for the rest of the game.

Syracuse outshot Boston College by a slim 14-13 margin and took eight penalty corners compared to the Eagles nine.

Loncaricas game-winning goal added to her BIG EAST Conference lead with six on the season.

With the victory, Syracuse extended its home winning streak to 14 games.

The Orange caps off its regular season with a showdown against BIG EAST Conference foe Villanova on Saturday, October 30 at 1 p.m. at J.S. Coyne Stadium in Syracuse.