Boston College throttles RIT, 6-2, as defense explodes on the offensive side of the ice; Doherty, Sanford lead BC with three points each
Michael Matheson will serve as the Eagles' captain; Michael Sit and Quinn Smith will be the assistant captains
Matheson returns to Boston College for his junior season having accrued the most career points (46) of any returning Eagle
Johnny Gaudreau becomes the 10th two-time First-Team All-American at BC; Hayes becomes 43rd Eagle to earn First-Team All-America status while Matheson is 18th Eagle to claim second-team honors
Johnny Gaudreau wins his second-straight Leonard Fowle Award as New England's MVP; York Tabbed Clark Hodder Award winner
MATHESON'S CAREER HIGHS
MICHAEL WALLACE MATHESON; born February 27, 1994 ... shoots left ... participated in Canada's National Junior team summer development camp from August 4-10 in Brossard, Que., and Lake Placid, N.Y. ... played the 2011-12 season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League ... graduated from John Rennie High School in June 2011.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2013-14):Played in 38 games ... led all defensemen in scoring ... tallied 21 points - three goals and 18 assists; registered 12 assists in 18 Hockey East outings ... finished with a +19 rating; was a +12 in Hockey East play ... earned American Hockey Coaches Association All-America second team honors ... earned All-Hockey East first-team honors ... voted a New England Men's Division I All-Star ... scored his first goal of the season and amassed a career-best +7 plus/minus rating in the victory over Wisconsin (10/18) ... scored his third goal of the season in a 5-0 shutout of Bowling Green in the first round of the Three Rivers Classic at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh (12/27) ... recorded his second-career playmaker, doling out three assists in the victory over Providence (1/10) ... handed out a pair of assists against Denver in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (3/29)...assisted on Kevin Hayes' goal against UMass Lowell in the NCAA quarterfinals at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. (3/30) ... returns as the leading career scorer to start 2014-15 season.
AS A FRESHMAN (2012-13):Played in 36 games ... earned All-Hockey East Rookie Team honors (a unanimous selection) ... earned New England Division I all-star recognition ... captured the program's Bernie Burke Outstanding Freshman Award ... recorded 25 points - eight goals and 17 assists; registered 17 points - six goals and 11 assists - in 25 Hockey East contests ... finished the season with a +15 rating; was a +12 in conference play ... scored six power-play goals and one game-winning goal ... enjoyed seven multiple-point performances, including one multiple-goal effort ... tallied three points - one goal and two assists - in a 3-2 win at Providence (3/1) ... notched three assists in a 3-3 home tie against Yale (1/4) ... notched two assists in each of three victories - against UMass-Lowell (10/28), at Maine (11/2) and at Vermont (3/9) ... scored the decisive goal in the team's 5-2 home win over Boston University (12/1) ... missed two games against Maine (1/24-25) because of injury
BEFORE BC: Earned USHLA All-Rookie Team honors after he led all Dubuque defensemen in scoring with 27 points - 11 goals and 16 assists - in 53 regular-season games for the Fighting Saints in 2011-12; recorded five points, including four goals, in five playoff contests ... played for head coach Jim Montgomery ... played two seasons of Quebec Midget AAA hockey as a member of the Lac Saint-Louis Lions for two seasons; recorded 49 points - 19 goals and 30 assists - in 65 regular-season games from 2009-11; recorded 38 points - 25 goals and 25 assists - in 32 playoff contests ... earned 2009-10 Quebec Midget AAA Prospect Award recognition ... played for Lac St.-Louis head coach Jon Goyens.
PERSONAL: Enrolled as a psychology major in the College of Arts and Sciences ... was selected by the Florida Panthers in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft ... is the 2013-14 recipient of the Leahy Family Scholarship Fund ... Michael and his older siblings Kelly and Kenny are the children of Rod and Margaret Matheson; his brother Kenny is a member of the Hamilton College hockey team.