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Littleton’s Emily Field stars on the ice at Boston College

Emily Field has settled in at BC to become a scoring ace who will help lead her team in the Beanpot final.

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Emily Field has settled in at BC to become a scoring ace who will help lead her team in the Beanpot final.

Field on target for Boston College women

Boston College left winger Emily Field had a choice.

She could have shot the puck into the Cornell end early in overtime on Jan. 13 and followed her linemates to the bench at the end of her shift.

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But the sophomore from Littleton, who focused on her strength and conditioning in her workouts last summer, kept her feet moving and went top shelf for the game-winner at 1:51 at Conte Forum.

“It was a great individual effort,” said BC head coach Katie King Crowley, “but it’s not a surprise because Emily is always motivated, and she’s built on what was a very good freshman season.”

The former Lawrence Academy ice hockey and field hockey captain had 11 goals and 24 assists prior to Saturday’s game at Providence College, and was third in scoring for the Eagles. Her 10 multipoint games included a goal and four assists Dec. 1 against Maine.

BC was 21-4-2 overall (13-2-1 Hockey East) after its 2-1 victory over Harvard last week in the opening round of the Women’s Beanpot. Ranked second nationally, the Eagles will take on Northeastern in the Beanpot final on Tuesday.

Field, who also takes the ice on the power play and in shorthanded situations, has impressed Crowley with her skating ability, stamina, and willingness to be first on the forecheck.

Sophomore sniper

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“And of course,” said Crowley, “the way she lightens things up in the locker room.”

Field, who played on five national championship teams with the Assabet Valley club organization during a seven-year span, is also a veteran of international competition. She played on the U-18 United States team that won the world championship in Sweden in 2011.

“After our final win, 5-2 against Canada,” she said, “everyone on the bus — players, coaches, and staff and the director of USA Hockey — sang our team song, ‘Stuck Like Glue,’ and it was quite a celebration.’’

An Independent School League all-star her senior year at the academy in Groton, Field registered 13 goals and 19 assists for Boston College last season, including a goal 57 seconds into its game in the NCAA Frozen Four against Wisconsin. BC was beaten, 6-2, by the top-seeded Badgers.

“Hockey has always been fun, even when the games are intense,” said Field, whose father, Matt, played hockey at Curry College, and older sister, Melissa, played for Assabet Valley and with the Littleton High boys’ team, “but the key is working hard every day.”

Messer is Ashland’s new baseball coach

Matt Messer has been hired as head baseball coach at Ashland High, where he is a physical education/wellness teacher. He is also an assistant football and assistant basketball coach. A 2005 graduate of Milford High, where he captained three sports, Messer played club baseball at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Messer has been an assistant baseball coach at St. Mark’s School, Milford High, and last season at Ashland. He also coached the Milford Senior Babe Ruth team in 2009 and 2010.

“I’m very humbled,” said Messer. “It’s been a lifelong goal to be a varsity head coach and a big reason is Steve Manguso, my basketball and baseball coach in high school, who was a great influence.’’

Campus notables

Bentley University’s Brett Gensler, recipient of the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston’s Walter Brown Award last year as the best American-born college hockey player in New England, is among 16 finalists for this year’s award. Gensler, a junior forward from St. Charles, Mo., was leading Atlantic Hockey in scoring with 12 goals and 19 assists through 25 games . . . Stonehill College senior Corey Thomas of Brookline (Boston College High School) was named Northeast-10 Conference Field Athlete of the Week for the 16th time in his career after he won the high jump at last weekend’s University of Rhode Island Coaches Tribute Meet. Thomas has qualified for the NCAA Division 2 indoor championships in the high jump and provisionally in the 60- ­meter hurdles. He is ranked second nationally in the high jump, with a school-record leap of 7 feet 3 inches at the Joe Donahue Collegiate Indoor Games on Jan. 25.

Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com.
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