Nov. 13, 2000
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College men's soccer team, fresh off its second BIG EAST tournament championship, will play the University of Rhode Island in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday, Nov. 19 in Kingston, R.I. at 1 p.m.
The Eagles currently sport a 12-6-1 overall record and are on a six-game winning streak. This berth in the NCAA tournament marks the school's third appearance in the annual event, the Eagles were also selected in 1982 and 1990. Their 1990 appearance was also the last time they won the BIG EAST tournament.
Rhode Island, with its 16-5-1 overall record, earned its spot in the NCAA tournament by virtue of its 4-3 overtime win over Georgia Southern University in the NCAA Play-In game on Saturday, Nov. 11.
After being picked ninth in the preseason BIG EAST Coaches' Poll, the Eagles finished third in the league with a 7-3-1 record. Lead by BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, sophomore Casey Schmidt, and BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year, senior Chris Hamblin, the team has turned around its fortunes after a 6-9-2 campaign in 1999. Head Coach Ed Kelly was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year after guiding the team through the turnaround.
Several local Eagles have spearheaded the late season push to the NCAA tournament. Bobby Thompson, a sophomore from Framingham, Mass., was named BIG EAST tournament Most Outstanding Player with his two goals and two assists in three tournament games, including the game-winning goal against Seton Hall in the final on Sunday, Nov. 12. Milton's Chris Cleary, a junior midfielder, is the team's third leading scorer and has added four game-winning goals this season. Newton native Adam Pfeifer, a freshman, is the team's leading assist man with six this season.
The Eagles' defense is ranked eighth in the nation in the last NCAA statistics with a .71 team goals against average through Nov. 5 and is led by senior co-captains Paul Bourke and Kevin Boyd.