Oct. 9, 2015
WORCESTER, Mass. – Fueled by freshman Ally Hammel’s first collegiate hat trick, the No. 17 Boston University field hockey team remained undefeated in Patriot League play with a 6-1 victory over Holy Cross under heavy rain on Friday evening at Hart Turf Field.
The win gave the Terriers the first point in the inaugural Turnpike Trophy competition between the two schools and Hammel was named the first-ever Turnpike Trophy MVP for her performance. BU will host the next two competitions in the series with men’s and women’s soccer games later this month.
Sophomore Grace Boston added two goals and junior Amanda Cassera also scored for the Terriers, who improved to 9-3 overall and 4-0 in league play. Holy Cross suffered its first home loss in six games and moved to 6-6 with a 1-2 PL mark.
The rookie notched her hat trick before halftime. She opened the scoring when she pounced on a rebound at the left post in the 16th minute.
Off a corner five minutes later, Hammel took a direct insert from senior Rachel Coll and blasted it to the boards to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.
Sophomore Grace Boston pushed the lead to 3-0 moments later when she curled around the defense and poked the ball past Holy Cross goaltender Megan Inch for her third goal of the year.
In the final minute of the opening half, Inch raced out to defend a shot by junior Taylor Blood. Hammel was there to pick up the rebound and send it home with 11.9 seconds on the clock to complete her three-goal night.
The Crusaders got on the board early in the second half off a BU giveway at the top of the circle, as Lauren Ineson picked off a pass and found the back of the cage.
Cassera made it a four-goal lead once again off a corner in the 45th minute when she redirected in an offering from junior Bea Baumberger Altirriba.
Right before the final horn sounded, Blood scored from the middle of the circle on a reverse stick shot with Baumberger Altirriba picking up her second assist of the night on the play.
The Terriers held a 26-10 shot advantage and earned five corners while allowing just one.
BU will return to action on Sunday (Oct. 11) when it plays host to No. 4 Duke. Game time at New Balance Field is set for 1 p.m.