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No. 13 Men's Soccer and No. 24 Duke Meet In ACC Semifinals




Nov. 10, 2011

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The seventh-seeded Boston College men's soccer team will face third-seeded Duke Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. in the semifinals of the 2011 ACC Championship.

The two teams met back on October 22 at the Newton Campus Field and the Eagles came away with a 2-1 win in double overtime.

Boston College has won four of its last five matches, including the 2-1 victory against second-seeded Maryland Tuesday night in the quarterfinals. Duke and Clemson played to a scoreless draw on Tuesday, but the Blue Devils advanced on penalty kicks, 5-4. Duke is undefeated in its last five outings with three wins.

Both semifinal games can be viewed live on ESPN3.com.

EAGLES FACE DUKE IN ACC SEMIFINALS
• For the fifth-straight season, the Boston College men's soccer team will take part in the semifinals of the ACC Men's Soccer Championship.
• The Eagles face third-seeded Duke Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
• The game will be aired live on ESPN3 with Sam Gore (play-by-play) and Cat Whitehill (analyst) on the call.
• BC is the only team in the ACC to reach the semifinals in each of the last five conference tournaments.

LAST TIME OUT
• Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez and junior Charlie Rugg scored early first-half goals to lead seventh-seeded BC to a 2-1 win at second-seeded Maryland Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC Championship.
• Maryland controlled possession in the opening minutes of the match, but it was Boston College that made the most of its opportunities and struck first in the 14th minute. Junior Kyle Bekker handled the ball to the left of the box and sent a low cross into the 18-yard box. A Maryland defender slowed the ball down but it went right to Rugg. He fired and hit the right post, but the rebound fell to Medina-Mendez who put it home for his seventh goal and the 1-0 lead.
• The Eagles added another goal four minutes later following a sparkling defensive play. The Terrapins sent a dangerous cross into the box but sophomore Chris Ager booted it away near the goal line with his back to the field. The clearance was sent far down the pitch and Rugg outran and outmuscled a Maryland defender, putting the ball in the back of the net to make it 2-0. That was his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
• The Terrapins opened the second half by cashing in on their first shot to cut the BC lead in half just 64 seconds in. Jereme Raley sent a cross into the box from the right, then Casey Townsend leaped and flicked the ball into the back of the net from six yards out.
• Maryland came dangerously close to equalizing the game multiple times but the Boston College defense stood its ground the rest of the way. The Terrapins outshot BC, 12-5, in the second half and 18-9 overall. Maryland also got seven corner kicks in the second half.

FOUR EAGLES EARN ALL-ACC HONORS
• Four players - juniors Kyle Bekker and Charlie Rugg, sophomore Chris Ager and freshman Diego Medina-Mendez - earned 2011 All-ACC accolades.
• Bekker and Rugg were both named to the first team while Ager was a second-team honoree. Medina-Mendez was placed on the All-Freshman team.
• Rugg became the second Boston College player to earn consecutive nods to the conference's first team. Alejandro Bedoya was the first to do it in 2007 and 2008.
• Bekker was an All-ACC second-team selection last season while he, Rugg and Ager are all former All-Freshman selections.
• Bekker leads the Eagles with six assists and is second on the squad with seven goals, 20 points and four game-winning goals. The Oakville, Ontario, product ranks fifth in the ACC in goals, ninth in points and 10th in goals scored. Bekker also has four multiple-point games this year which is third in the conference. He has been a mainstay in the midfield the last three seasons, starting 59 games with 15 goals and 17 assists. Bekker ranks eighth all-time at Boston College in career assists and 11th in points.
• Rugg currently leads the Eagles with eight goals, 21 points and five game-winners and is second with five assists. He ranks second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in game-winners, seventh in goals, eighth in points and 10th in assists. Two of his game-winners came in ACC action and both were overtime clinchers, while the other came in the victory against Maryland in the ACC quarterfinals. The Roslindale, Mass., resident has also started 59 games with 23 goals and 14 points. He ranks fifth all-time at BC in career points and sixth in goals.
• Ager has started 16 games this season as a central defender and has 31 starts the last two years. He has anchored the Eagle defense that ranks second in the ACC in shutouts (7) and third in goals allowed (21). The Gjettum, Norway, product recorded the first goal and assist of his career in a 4-3 overtime win against Virginia Tech September 16 and is serving his second year as a captain.
• Medina-Mendez has started 14 games as a freshman and has appeared in all 18 contests. He ranks second on the team with seven goals and third with 15 points and a pair of game-winners. The Lindsay, Calif., resident was especially productive in conference matches with a team-best four goals which ranked fifth in the ACC. He is the only freshman to start a game for Boston College this year.

BC IN THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
• Boston College is the only team in the Atlantic Coast Conference that has reached the semifinals of the ACC Championship in each of the last five seasons.
• The Eagles captured their first and only ACC Championship title in 2007 after earning the regular-season crown as well.
• BC is 6-6-0 all-time in the ACC Championship.
• Boston College is 2-0-0 in a pair of matchups against Duke in the ACC Championship.
• The Eagles and Blue Devils have met the last two seasons in the quarterfinal round with BC winning both times, 1-0. The 2009 matchup was an overtime triumph.

EAGLES-BLUE DEVILS IN ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
• Boston College has won both times against Duke in the ACC Championship.
• Last season, Amit Aburmad netted the game's only goal in the 17th minute to lead fifth-seeded Boston College to a 1-0 victory over fourth-seeded Duke in the quarterfinals.
• A streaking Aburmad one-timed a feed from Edvin Worley from eight yards out for his fourth goal of the season at 16:21. Kyle Bekker also assisted on the goal.
• In 2009, Edvin Worley broke a scoreless tie in the 96th minute by converting a diving header off Colin Murphy's cross to lift third-seeded BC to a 1-0 overtime victory over sixth-seeded Duke.
• Junior Justin Luthy has been credited with clean sheets in both victories. He has five saves in the two matches, including four in last season's contest.

NOTING THE QUARTERFINAL WIN
• Tuesday night's 2-1 Boston College win against Maryland was the first time the Eagles beat the Terrapins in the ACC Championship in three tries.
• Maryland served as the No. 2 seed for the ACC Championship while BC is the No. 7 seed. Those were also each team's respective national RPIs entering the match.
• It was the first time Maryland lost at home since the 2010 season opener against Michigan State.
• It was also the first time BC won at Ludwig Field since 2006.

LAST TIME AGAINST DUKE
• Junior Charlie Rugg's goal with fewer than three minutes left in the second overtime session capped a Boston College rally and lifted the host Eagles to a 2-1 win against Duke October 22 at the Newton Campus Field.
• After Duke claimed a 1-0 lead on Christopher Tweed-Kent's goal at 18:47, BC trailed for nearly 60 minutes before evening the score on freshman Diego Medina-Mendez's fifth goal of the season.
• Medina-Mendez won the scramble for the rebound of a teammate's shot and found the top of the net from eight yards out.
• Duke had the first great scoring chance of the extra sessions - just 40 seconds into the second session - when Tweed-Kent was robbed of his second tally of the night by a spectacular save by BC junior Justin Luthy.
• Less than four minutes later - at 106:19 - Rugg sent the crowd home happy, taking a pass from classmate Kyle Bekker, gaining a step on the Duke defender and beating Blue Devil keeper James Belshaw from 17 yards out.
• BC's Luthy made six saves, including one in each extra session, to earn his 11th win of the season.

BC SEVENTH IN RPI
• Boston College entered this week ranked seventh in the nation in the latest RPI rankings.
• The Eagles defeated Maryland Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship. The Terrapins are currently ranked second in the RPI.
• BC has played four matches against teams currently in the top 5 in RPI, including two against Maryland, one against Connecticut (third) and one versus North Carolina (fourth).
• The Eagles are 3-3 this season against teams ranked in the top 25 of the RPI and all three of those wins have come in the last four outings.

RARE ACC HOME LOSS
• No. 3 North Carolina beat BC, 2-0, in the regular-season finale November 2 at the Newton Campus Field.
• It was the first loss for BC at home in an ACC contest since October 3, 2008 against Duke. The Eagles were 10-0-3 in their last 13 conference matches in Newton.
• BC is 17-3-4 since 2006 in conference clashes at home following a 0-3-1 season in 2005 - the team's first in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

IN THE ACC REGULAR SEASON
• Boston College was 3-1-0 at home in Atlantic Coast Conference matches this season and got its first points on the road in its last chance with a 2-1 win at Virginia October 29.
• Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez led the team in goals (4) and points (8) during conference play. He scored the game-winning goal against the Cavaliers in the 48th minute.
• Junior Kyle Bekker notched a team-best four assists in ACC action and three of them came at home. He was credited with an assist against Virginia.
• BC had only scored one goal in ACC road matches before its win at Virginia in which it scored twice.
• The Eagles were better in all statistics at home than on the road including: goals (8-3), goals per game (2.00-0.75), shots (50-46), shots on goal (19-16), shots a game (12.5-11.5), corner kicks (24-15) and goals against average (1.42-2.25).

POLL VAULTERS
• Boston College rocketed into the top 10 of three different national polls following its 4-0 start to the season.
• The NSCAA gave the Eagles the biggest bump, moving them to No. 8 after having been ranked 16th the week before.
• College Soccer News also ranked BC at No. 8 - up five spots from the No. 13 slot it held - while Soccer America moved BC from No. 18 to No. 14.
• Top Drawer Soccer ranked the Eagles highest at No. 7, improving four spots from the week prior.
• The Eagles are ranked in the top 20 in all four national polls this week.

TEAM STATS
• The Boston College attack had been firing on all cylinders before the shutout it suffered at No. 2 Maryland, scoring 12 goals in the first four matches.
• The Eagles rank fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in goals (31), assists (28) and points (90).
• BC entered this week ranked 40th in the country in scoring offense (1.71) and 49th in goals scored (29).
• On the other side of the pitch, the maroon and white is second in the ACC in shutouts (7) and third in goals allowed (21) and goals against average (1.15).

MEJIA BREAKS OUT
• Junior Kevin Mejia was knocking on the footsteps of his first goal since 2009 and he finally broke through at Virginia October 29.
• Mejia played a part in both Boston College goals to lead the Eagles to a 2-1 win.
• It was the first time in Mejia's career that he recorded a goal and an assist in the same match.
• The Pasadena, Calif. product gave the Eagles the lead in the 27th minute when he put away a shot to the upper left corner from eight yards out with the goalie coming off his line.
• He then assisted on BC's second goal in the 48th minute for a 2-0 lead before Virginia scored in the 70th minute.
• Mejia has three assists and five points this year.

LUTHY ANCHORS THE DEFENSE
• Junior Justin Luthy has been a mainstay in goal since his arrival on campus three years ago.
• He has started all 59 matches in goal the last three seasons and was an All-ACC second-team and Freshman Team honoree in 2009.
• In nine matches from September 23 to October 29, he made 36 saves (.857 save percentage) and allowed just six goals (0.66 GAA).
• The Dublin, Ohio product has a 1.17 goals against average this season and has been credited with 69 saves - a .767 save percentage.
• He has helped pitch seven shutouts this season which ranks second in the ACC while being third in goals against average and save percentage.

LUTHY'S CAREER NIGHT
• Junior Justin Luthy had to do everything he could to give BC a 1-0 win at Rhode Island September 23.
• He recorded his second shutout of the season, saving a career-high 12 shots in the process.
• Eight of those saves came in the second half, including five in the final 8:30 of play.
• The 12 saves are the second most in a match in the ACC this season.
• It was also the most saves by an ACC keeper since Duke's James Belshaw had 15 on September 3, 2010.

BEND IT LIKE BEKKER
• Junior Kyle Bekker has been the catalyst for the attack all season long, leading the team with six assists while being second with seven goals, 20 points and four game-winners.
• In his first game of the season against Fairfield, the Oakville, Ontario product provided both goals in a 2-1 triumph.
• His first goal came in the 68th minute to break a scoreless tie and his other was on a free kick from 19 yards out in the 87th minute to win the game.
• In the 5-0 win vs. Quinnipiac, he tallied a goal and an assist and then he also provided a helper September 4 at No. 22 Dartmouth.
• Bekker tallied three assists in a three game span from September 4-16. He had one in a win at Dartmouth and then picked up two more in a 4-3 home victory against Virginia Tech.
• After three scoreless matches from September 20-27, Bekker had three goals in the next three outings.
• He scored against NC State September 30 for his first goal since September 1 and then added both goals in a 2-0 win against Harvard October 11.
• Bekker added the lone goal in a 1-0 win at Boston University October 18 and assisted on the game-winner in double overtime against Duke.
• He also recorded an assist in the win at Virginia October 29.
• Bekker ranks fifth in the ACC in goals, ninth in points and 10th in goals scored.

RUGG BURN
• Junior Charlie Rugg has also done his part being a spark for the attack.
• The forward has put up similar numbers as Kyle Bekker, leading the team with eight goals, five game-winners and 21 points while also having five assists.
• Two of those game-winners have come in overtime victories against ACC opponents - Virginia Tech and Duke. Another one came in the quarterfinal win against Maryland on Tuesday.
• Rugg has tallied a point in 12 of the 18 matches this season.
• He scored twice in a 3-2 season-opening win against George Mason and earned ACC Player of the Week honors for his performance.
• He recorded an assist against Fairfield and then found the back of the net again vs. Quinnipiac.
• Rugg added another assist in the 2-0 win at No. 22 Dartmouth.
• He scored three goals in a five-game span from September 16-27 and two of them (vs. Virginia Tech, at Rhode Island) proved to be game-winners.
• The goal against the Hokies came in the third minute of overtime off a corner and then the one at Rhode Island came just 1:58 after the opening whistle.
• Rugg put up his seventh goal of the season in dramatic fashion against Duke. He took a pass from Bekker in the 107th minute, gained a step on a Duke defender and beat Blue Devil keeper James Belshaw from 17 yards out.
• The game-clinching goal against Maryland Tuesday came in the 18th minute and put the Eagles up 2-0. A clearance from the defensive end was sent far down the pitch and Rugg outran and outmuscled a Maryland defender, putting the ball in the back of the net.

RUGG TWICE NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• Junior Charlie Rugg was named the first Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week this year and then earned the honor again on October 25.
• Rugg paced the Boston College offense with a pair of goals in a 3-2 win against George Mason August 26 to earn the first Player of the Week honor.
• His first score came in the 44th minute to give the Eagles a 2-0 edge.
• After Mason made it a 2-1 game with a tally in the 79th minute, Rugg beat a couple of defenders by himself in the left side of the box and then beat the keeper for the game-winning goal in the 89th minute.
• It was the third time in his career that he scored a pair of goals in a match, and the first since 2009.
• For his second recognition, Rugg played a part in both of Boston College's game-winning goals in wins against Boston University and Duke. He was credited with the assist on junior Kyle Bekker's goal in the 67th minute at BU in a 1-0 win, and then he scored the game-winner in the 107th minute of the second overtime against Duke.
• It was the second time this season Rugg has scored a game-winning goal in overtime in an ACC match. He also did it against Virginia Tech.

MEDINA-MENDEZ MAKES QUICK IMPACT
• Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez has started 14 matches and appeared in all 18. He is the only freshman to earn a start this season.
• The speedy midfielder has scored seven goals and assisted on another for 15 points.
• His seven goals rank second on the team and four of them have come in ACC play which led the squad and ranked fifth in the conference. He scored what proved to be the game-winner at Virginia October 29 and tallied the initial goal in the 14th minute Tuesday at Maryland.
• The Lindsay, Calif. native had two goals in a three-game span from September 27 to October 7, including what proved to be the game-winner at Brown.
• He also came off the bench and scored a goal in the 79th minute against Wake Forest.

ABURMAD-NESS
• Senior Amit Aburmad got off to a torrid start in the first six matches this season. He had five goals and four assists in that span - both of those numbers led the team.
• He is currently second on the team with five assists and fourth with five goals and 15 points.
• Aburmad ranks 10th in the ACC in assists while being third in multiple-point games with four.

AGER ENTERS POINT COLUMN
• Sophomore Chris Ager has started 31 games on defense and it took 20 to record his first career goal and assist - and both came in the same game.
• The Gjettum, Norway product scored and assisted on another goal in BC's 4-3 overtime win against Virginia Tech on September 16.
• Ager headed in a corner kick from junior Kyle Bekker in the 29th minute to tie the game, then assisted on the next score less than two minutes later to give the Eagles a 2-1 edge.

GOALS COME IN PAIRS
• Goal scoring came in bunches in the first three matches of the season.
• In the season opener against George Mason, junior Charlie Rugg recorded two goals to lead the Eagles to a 3-2 victory.
• Rugg had a goal in each half, including what proved to be the game-winner in the 89th minute.
• It was the third time in his career that he scored twice, the last coming in 2009.
• In the next contest against Fairfield, junior Kyle Bekker made his first appearance of the season with a bang.
• He scored both BC goals in a 2-1 win against Fairfield.
• It was the first multi-goal game of Bekker's career, who peppered the net with a game-high eight shots.
• His first goal came in the 68th minute to break a scoreless tie and his other was on a free kick from 19 yards out in the 87th minute to win the game.
• Senior Amit Aburmad scored two second-half goals and assisted on another to lead BC to a 5-0 win against Quinnipiac.
• Aburmad established a career high with five points in the match. It was also the first time he scored two goals in his career.
• Bekker added two more goals to his season total against Harvard when he scored both Eagle goals in a 2-0 win.

HOT START
• Boston College started out the season 4-0-0 for just the second time in program history. It also did it in 2004 - its last year playing in the Big East.
• BC beat Brown, Cal State Northridge, Syracuse and Boston University that season. The win against the Orange was the only one on the road.
• The Eagles have never gone undefeated in the first five games of a season.

FIVE WINS, FIVE SHUTOUTS
• The Eagles won five of seven matches dating from September 23 to October 18 and each of those wins came by way of shutout.
• Junior Justin Luthy racked up 22 saves in those five wins, totaling 438:10 in net.
• Boston College held a 65-52 edge in shots against its opposition in the triumphs, but trailed in other statistical categories.
• Opponents got off more corner kicks with a 22-15 advantage and also held a 22-21 lead in shots on goal.
• The last time that BC won five games consecutively by shutout came during the 2004 season when they had seven wins with clean sheets.

OFFENSIVE OUTBURST
• Boston College scored five goals in a 5-0 shutout victory against Quinnipiac September 1.
• Senior Amit Aburmad scored two second half goals and assisted on another to lead the squad.
• It was the most goals scored by the Eagles since an 8-0 win against Maine on September 18, 2007.
• Aburmad established a career high with five points in the match. It was also the first time he scored two goals in his career.
• Junior Kyle Bekker recorded a goal and an assist.
• Junior Charlie Rugg scored a goal while freshman Diego Medina-Mendez found the back of the net for the first time in his BC career.
• Junior Stefan Carter and sophomore Ryan Dunn were both credited with assists. It was the first of Carter's career.

TOUGH AT HOME
• BC has been hard to beat at the Newton Campus Field over the last two seasons.
• The Eagles went 6-0-3 at home in 2010 and are 7-2-0 this year.
• Boston College is 17-2-3 in its last 22 regular season home games dating back to 2009 and is 21-6-3 overall in Newton since 2009.
• BC's last home loss came at the hands of No. 3 North Carolina last Wednesday night.

THREE CAPTAINS NAMED
• The Eagles selected sophomore D Chris Ager, senior D/M Conor Fitzpatrick and junior D/M Colin Murphy as captains for the 2011 season.
• Ager is serving as team captain for the second time and has started 31 games at central defender that last two years.
• Fitzpatrick has been a mainstay on the pitch since his arrival on campus, starting a team-best 72 matches in his career. He has seven goals and two assists in his first three seasons.
• Murphy earned valuable international experience by representing New Zealand in the U-20 World Cup over the summer. He has played in 60 games with 55 starts at BC.

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