Field hockey falls to No. 14 Boston College in OT in ACC finale

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Junior striker Riley Tata scored twice in the first half against Boston College and once more in the second half for her second career hat trick

Lauren Hornsby | Cavalier Daily

The No. 5 Virginia field hockey team fell 5-4 in overtime to No. 14 Boston College Sunday. The contest was the final regular season contest for the Cavaliers. The loss also dropped Virginia to fourth place in the ultra-competitive ACC.

Virginia (12-4, 3-3 ACC) jumped out to an early lead, as they peppered Golden Eagle goalie Leah Settipane with 15 first half shots, eight of which required a save. The Cavaliers were efficient on these opportunities as well, as three found the back of the net. Junior striker Riley Tata tallied twice and sophomore midfielder Tara Vittese added the third to give Virginia a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.

The Golden Eagles came out strong in the second half, though, and scored just 1:34 into the period. Boston College scored again 15 minutes later to cut the Cavaliers’ lead to one. Tata was able to respond with just under 10 minutes left to play to complete the second hat trick of her career, but the rest of the game belonged to Boston College.

Virginia allowed two goals in the final 10 minutes, including the equalizer with just over five minutes remaining. The Cavaliers were awarded a penalty corner with 11 seconds to go, but junior midfielder Lucy Hyams’ shot was blocked to send the game to overtime.

Boston College tallied the only shots of the overtime period, both of which came from junior midfielder Emily McCoy. The Lancaster, PA native put a shot on net that was saved by Cavalier junior goalkeeper Rebecca Holden at the 2:14 mark of the extra period. The rebound, though, found its way back to McCoy’s stick and she put the game away.

Virginia plays in-state foe James Madison in Harrisonburg, VA Friday in its regular season finale. After the showdown with the Dukes, which is set to begin at 6 p.m., the Cavaliers will turn their attention to the ACC tournament, where they will be the No. 4 seed.

—compiled by Ryan Taylor

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