Mallory Cuccio notched seven saves in today's 3-2 loss against No. 11 Boston College.
The No. 13 Liberty field hockey squad dropped a tough 3-2, double-overtime decision on Sunday against No. 11 Boston College in Lynchburg, Va.
The Eagles clipped the Lady Flames in the first-ever meeting between the programs, improving to 6-4 on the season. Liberty falls to 6-3 following the loss.
It was Liberty who struck first in the eighth minute of competition. Cassidy Bremner corralled the ball in the midfield and sent a quick pass to Natalie Barr at the top of the circle. Barr dribbled to her left and delivered a reverse shot between the legs of Leah Settipane to take an early 1-0 lead.
However, Boston College scored two unanswered to take the 2-1 advantage. Chelcie Mendonca scored in the 21st minute to knot the contest at one apiece. Emily McCoy found the back of the net just five minutes after intermission to take a 2-1 lead.
The Lady Flames were able to swing momentum back in their favor in the 50th minute. Liberty forced back-to-back penalty corners, converting with an equalizer on the second corner. Natalie Barr collected the ball at the top of the circle, finding Hannah Jones for her second goal of the contest. Barr passed the ball to the left side of the goal where Jones was there to deflect it behind the Boston College goalie to knot the contest at two apiece.
Regulation ended in a stalemate, forcing Liberty's first overtime contest of the season. The Eagles controlled the first portion of the overtime period, taking four shots to just one from Liberty. However, Liberty gained momentum and outshot the Eagles 2-1 over the final minutes of play in the first overtime period. Liberty's closest chance came in the 83rd minute when Serena Barr's shot was blocked in front of the net.
The Eagles regained momentum in the second overtime period. Boston College outshot Liberty, 5-0, in the frame. The Eagles were granted a penalty corner in the 90th minute, their fourth between the two overtime periods. Emily McCoy capitalized on this corner, ripping a shot that Mallory Cuccio couldn't get enough of, finding the back of the net for the game-winner.
For the contest Boston College outshot the Lady Flames, 18-17, including 10-3 in the combined overtime periods.
Despite Cuccio's seven saves, including five in the overtime periods, the Colorado native falls to 6-3 on the season. Cuccio now has 173 career saves, needing just six to pass Ann Jefferis for the most career saves in program history.
Natalie Barr needs just one goal to become the first player in program history to score 50 career goals.
The Lady Flames return to action on Sunday when they travel to Philadelphia, Pa., taking on Temple at 1 p.m.