CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Kate Leary was the only Eagle to score on Syracuse goaltender Kallie Billadeau, who made 43 saves in the game, as the No. 4/3 Boston College women's ice hockey team fell to Syracuse 4-1 at the Tennity Ice Arena on Friday.
Syracuse took a 1-0 lead at 2:44 of the first period as Jessica Sibley skated from the boards to the slot and lifted a backhanded shot past BC goaltender Corinne Boyles and into the top of the net to get the scoring started.
The Eagles peppered the net with shots in the first period and led the Orange 15-5, but couldn't find the back of the net. Haley Skarupa and Emily Field led the way with three shots on goal in the opening stanza. BC looked strong on all three power play opportunities in the first, but was unable to convert any of its chances.
The Orange doubled the lead at 3:48 with a power play goal from Allie LaCombe. Syracuse cycled the puck up to the blue line, Nicole Renault passed the puck to Kaillie Goodnough who took a slap shot, and LaCombe tipped the puck over Boyles' shoulder to give Syracuse a 2-0 lead.
Nicole Renault set up the same play as the second Syracuse goal, taking a shot from inside the blue line that Margot Scharfe redirected with her stick and into the net at 18:09 of the second stanza to give Syracuse a 3-0 lead.
Emily Pfalzer had a chance at 12:54 of the second period with a hard shot to the far post but Syracuse netminder Billadeau slid into place and made a great save to deny the goal.
Kate Leary buried the rebound on Lexi Bender's shot and got the Eagles on the board at 9:49 of the third period to make the score 3-1, but Syracuse answered right back with a goal of its own less than a minute later to regain the three goal lead.
The Eagles had a 44-25 advantage in shots in the game.
BC was 0-7 on the power play, while Syracuse was 1-6 on the man advantage.
Boyles made 21 saves and falls to 4-2-0. Billadeau stopped 43 shots and improves to 2-4-0.
The Eagles have a week off before traveling to Providence, R.I. to take on the Friars on Nov. 1.