Third-ranked Boston College fends off fourth-ranked Cornell in OT for win
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Sophomore Emily Field’s three points, including the game winner in overtime, helped No. 3 Boston College (16-3-2, 10-2-1 WHEA) overcome a late deficit to top No. 4 Cornell (11-4-0, 8-2-0 ECAC) 4-3 on Sunday.
Corinne Boyles won her 14th consecutive decision while stopping 30 shots to improve to 14-1-0 this season. Lauren Slebodnick stopped 23 for the Big Red, falling to 8-4-0.
The Eagles started off with a goal at the 15 second mark by Melissa Bizzari, her seventh of the season. Alex Carpenter notched an assist and tied with former Eagle Kelli Stack’s for most consecutive games with a point at 19. BC carried the play for a majority of the period, but Cornell started to storm the Eagles and it finally paid off when Victoria Pittens finished off a feed in the slot to knot the game at one. Shots on goal after 20 minutes of play were 12-11 in favor of BC.
The Big Red opened up the scoring in the second period with a goal by Emily Fulton at 5:42. With Cornell’s Hayleigh Cudmore sent off for slashing, the Eagles took advantage as Haley Skarupa buried a shot from the slot to tie the game at two. Cornell regained the lead late in the second as Monika Leck hammered home a centering feed from Taylor Woods past Corinne Boyles at 18:21. Shots on goal after 40 minutes were 22-18 in favor of Cornell.
With Corinne Boyles off for the extra attacker, Skarupa tied the game at three with her 20th goal of the season at 19:17.
In the extra frame, Emily Field grabbed a loose puck from her own end and found the goal with a wrister over the glove of Slebodnick to give the Eagles a 4-3 win.