CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia field hockey team (4-6, 0-1 ACC) succumbed to No. 6 Boston College in the eighth minute of the second overtime and dropped its ACC opener, 5-4, Friday at the University Hall Turf Field. Sophomore Carrissa Vittese converted on two penalty stroke opportunities and assisted on another goal for the Cavaliers in the loss.
Boston College senior Courtney Tavener scored the game-winner, beating two defenders and Virginia goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone to secure the victory for the Eagles.
BC (7-2, 1-1 ACC) outshot Virginia 20-12 for the game and also registered nine penalty corners to UVa's five.
The Cavaliers got on the board first in the 24th minute when freshman Kelsey LeBlanc recorded her second goal of the year on an assist from Vittese. BC tied the game just before half when Jacqui Moorfield shot the ball that deflected off a UVa defender and went across the goal line.
In the second half, Virginia retook the lead. Sophomore Elly Buckley fired a shot towards the cage that was gently deflected in by classmate Katie Robinson. It was Robinson's second goal of the season and gave the Cavaliers a 2-1 lead.
The Eagles responded a minute later when Tavener scored her first of three goals on the night, tying the game at two. She then gave Boston College its first lead of the contest, 3-2, with another goal in the 58th minute, as the Cavaliers were a player down.
The Eagles continued to take advantage of the extra man and scored on a penalty corner in the 61st minute to go ahead 4-2. Carla Tamer tallied the score with assists to Paige Norris and Tavener.
The Cavaliers fought back and continued to apply offensive pressure. With 1:48 remaining, Virginia was awarded a penalty stroke and Vittese beat BC goalkeeper Nicole Barry to pull within one, 4-3.
As time neared the close of regulation, another UVa player was brought down in front of the cage, and the Cavaliers were awarded another stroke as time expired. Vittese converted again to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Virginia and Boston College played a scoreless first overtime. The Eagles outshot UVa 4-2 and took a penalty corner during the first 15 minute session.
Both teams took two shots in the second overtime. BC's game-winner by Tavener came in the 93rd minute.
Johnstone finished with four saves in just over 80 minutes of time. Senior Adrienne Ostroff played 12 minutes of the second half and collected two saves. Barry recorded four saves as well for BC.
The Cavaliers will face Richmond at 1 p.m. Sunday at the University Hall Turf Field.