February 16, 2011

No. 19 BC Pulls Away from No. 20 Hofstra

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Moira Barry scored three second half goals as the 19th-ranked Eagles of Boston College pulled away from #20 Hofstra in the final 30 minutes for a 14-9 victory in the season opener for both teams Wednesday evening at James M. Shuart Stadium.

The Eagles outscored the Pride, 9-5, in the second half to improve to 1-0 on the season. Hofstra's Stephanie Rice had three goals and an assist in the losing effort.

The Pride trailed at the half, 5-4, after a back and forth opening 30 minutes. Brittany Wilton's third goal of the opening half, off a feed from Barry, broke a 4-4 tie with 14 seconds left in the opening stanza.

The Eagles looked poised to break it open in the second half as Sam Taylor and Barry scored unassisted goals at 28:47 and 28:29 to make it 7-4 in favor of BC. But Hofstra battled back and scored four of the next six goals to make it 9-8 with 20:11 on the clock.

Jackie Ardolino got the spurt started for the Pride with a free position goal at 25:18. After a Kristin Igoe goal gave BC an 8-5 advantage, Rice scored her third of the game at 23:17 and Claire Brady scored off a feed from Rice at 21:59 to make it an 8-7 game. Igoe snapped the run with a goal at 20:26 before Brady scored again at 20:11, this time converting a breakaway pass from Jenn Ward to make it 9-8 in favor of Boston College.

That would be as close as Hofstra would get as Boston College reeled off four straight goals, two by Barry, to take a 13-9 lead with 11:49 remaining. Ardolino would score from Brady at 8:24 and Wilton netted her fourth of the game with 1:40 left to close out the scoring.

Hofstra keeper Jackie Pandolf made 11 saves, while her counterpart Sheila Serafino posted three saves. Pandolf also recorded a game-high six ground balls. Boston College outshot the Pride, 39-15 and held a 16-15 advantage in ground balls.

Barry finished with five goals and two assists, while Igoe netted three goals and two assists. Jill Maier had one goal for the Pride, while Lindsay McKinnon added an assist.

Hofstra returns to action this Sunday, February 20, when it travels to Eugene, Oregon, to take on the University of Oregon.

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