On Saturday, the Syracuse field hockey team did something it hadn't in seven years. By falling to Boston College at J.S. Coyne Stadium, the Orange lost a second consecutive regular season game for the first time since 2007.
Syracuse opened the scoring early when junior forward Emma Russell, assisted by Jordan Page, scored just two minutes and 33 seconds into the game. But Boston College answered, getting goals from Emily McCoy and Emma Plasteras to take a 2-1 lead in the second half. It took a goal from Syracuse's Annalena Ulbrich to tie the score and send the game into overtime. The game was ultimately decided on penalty corners, and Romee Stiekema scored her first goal of the season to clinch the win -- and some #OrangeEagle points for BC.
The Orange are now 6-2 overall but winless (0-2) in ACC play, something that head coach Ange Bradley hinted might be a result of Syracuse's young roster.
"We have a mix of experience and inexperience and in ACC play, things happen a lot faster," Bradley said in a press release.
Syracuse has 10 freshmen on its 22-person roster. Of those 10 freshmen, five saw significant playing time in the loss.
"There are 10 people new doing something for the first time. I think they're starting to get it, but as a group there there's a lot of room to grow," said senior Jordan Page.
The Orange next play on Friday, when they travel to Charlottesville, Va. to take on Virginia.