Dores' Upset Bid Falls Short

Vandy takes fifth-ranked Boston College to the brink

NEWTON, Mass. – Vanderbilt proved Sunday that it can play with the nation’s best as the Commodores continued their season-opening road swing with a hard-fought match at Boston College, falling 15-12 to the fifth-ranked Eagles.

“This was a really hard-fought battle,” Vanderbilt head coach Beth Hewitt said. “I am proud of the girls for the way they executed the game plan and for the effort they gave for 60 minutes. Boston College is a great team, and we just needed to make a few more plays to come out with the win. Our job now is to continue to get better each day.”

It did not take long for the scoring to get underway. Bri Gross was the first to find the back of the net for the Commodores (1-1) less than three minutes of game time. The teams traded goals throughout the half, with both sides embarking on deep runs.

In the middle stages of the first, the Commodores notched four unanswered goals after a Boston College spurt to pull ahead 5-3. The Eagles scored three of the next four to take a 6-5 advantage into intermission.



Gross and Emily Mathewson secured hat tricks in the second half with their third goals coming within minutes of each other.

Freshman Paige Finneran scored her first career goal to pull Vanderbilt within 8-7 as part of a 3-1 Commodore jaunt. But 20 seconds after taking a 10-9 advantage, the Eagles pulled away.

Boston College used six consecutive goals to seize momentum and put the game out of reach. Never quitting, the Commodores put away two late goals to cut the final deficit to three.


Gross and Mathewson contributed five and four points, respectively, for the Dores. In addition to their offensive output, the duo combined for four of seven caused turnovers.

The Commodores will finish up the road swing at noon Wednesday at Kennesaw State.