Oct. 17, 2014BOSTON – On a night when the Terriers honored their head coach for her ongoing legacy, sophomore Taylor Blood had the first multi-goal game of her collegiate career to help the Boston University field hockey team earn a 4-0 Patriot League victory over Holy Cross on Friday evening at New Balance Field.
During a pregame ceremony, director of athletics Drew Marrochello presented head coach Sally Starr with a large print that included images spanning her BU career. Starr picked up her 400th win as head coach earlier this month and will be inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in January.
In the game, BU scored twice in each half to improve to 8-6 overall and 3-1 in conference play. The Terriers can secure a bid to the Patriot League tournament as soon as Saturday if Bucknell defeats Lafayette.
Sophomore Hester van der Laan opened the scoring off a corner in the closing seconds of the 21st minute. Junior Sofi Laurito received the ball on the play and sent it to the middle of the circle, where van der Laan redirected it to the boards for her fifth goal of the season.
Just 57 seconds later, Blood doubled BU’s lead when she knocked in a loose ball above the left post after Holy Cross goalkeeper Kat Matchett misplayed an entry ball.
Blood teamed up with fellow sophomore Amanda Cassera to make it a 3-0 affair. Laurito sent the ball into the middle of the circle and Cassera beat a defender to it, tipping it to Blood, who sent it home at the 37:59 mark.
Laurito capped her strong night when she dribbled around a pair of defenders to create space along the left side of the circle, where she drilled a reverse-stick shot home for her third goal of the season.
Senior Valentina Cerda Eimbcke stopped all three shots she faced in 63:18 before sophomore Cammy Jensen played the final 6:42 in her collegiate debut. She made one save to keep Holy Cross off the board and earned a shared shutout with Cerda Eimbcke.
BU held a 21-7 shot advantage and earned 11 corners while giving up four. Matchett made three saves in the first half for the Crusaders before Maya Langman took over for the latter half and made a pair of saves.
The Terriers will return to action on Sunday (Oct. 19) when they cross the state to visit Massachusetts. Game time is set for 2 p.m.