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No. 8 Men's Soccer Hosts Rutgers Sunday In NCAA Second Round




Nov. 19, 2011

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The No. 8 Boston College men's soccer team - the nation's fourth overall seed - hosts Rutgers Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Newton Campus Field in the second round of the NCAA Championship.

The Eagles earned the fourth seed in the tournament with a 14-6-0 overall record and the fourth-best RPI in the country. BC advanced to the finals of the ACC Championship with wins against Maryland and Duke. Rutgers is 6-1-2 in its last nine outings and is 10-6-3 overall.

EAGLES HOST RUTGERS IN NCAA 2ND ROUND
• No. 8 Boston College - the nation's fourth overall seed - will host Rutgers Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Newton Campus Field in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Rutgers defeated Colgate, 4-2, Thursday night in first round action in Piscataway, N.J.
• The Eagles are 14-6-0 overall and have the fourth-best RPI in the country.
• Rutgers is 6-1-2 in its last nine outings and is 10-6-3 overall.
• BC and Rutgers have met 11 times with the Scarlet Knights owning a 7-2-2 record.

BC IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
• The Eagles are making their 11th appearance in the NCAA Championship. Head coach Ed Kelly has led BC to 10 of those tournament appearances, earning bids in 1990, 2000-02, 2004 and from 2007-11.
• Boston College has a 5-9-2 all-time record in NCAA Tournament action. It is 1-1 in penalty kick shootouts.
• BC is 5-4-2 at home all-time in the NCAA Tournament and is 3-1-1 in the last five home outings.
• The Eagles are looking to make their first ever appearance in the College Cup, which will be held at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala., December 9 and 11.
• BC reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship in 2002 before losing to Creighton. It also advanced to the third round of the tournament in 2009 before falling to Drake.

THE SERIES WITH RUTGERS
• Boston College and Rutgers have met 11 times dating back to 1989. Rutgers leads the series, 7-2-2.
• The Eagles were winless in their first seven matches against the Scarlet Knights, earning a tie in 1995.
• BC's first win against Rutgers came in the semifinals of the 2000 Big East Tournament. BC went on to win in the final against Seton Hall.
• BC is 2-1-1 in its last four meetings with Rutgers but is 0-4-1 at home in the series.

LAST TIME OUT
• Top-seeded North Carolina scored a pair of goals in the first half and went on to defeat the seventh-seeded Boston College men's soccer team, 3-1, in the final of the 2011 ACC Championship November 13 at WakeMed Soccer Park.
• Ben Speas played a part in all three scores for North Carolina with two goals and an assist. Carlos McCrary scored the game's first goal and Billy Schuler added a helper.
• Junior Kyle Bekker scored the lone goal for BC on a free kick in the 62nd minute.
• UNC struck first in the 38th minute. Speas worked the right side of the box with the ball and made enough room for himself to loft a short cross to the far post. McCrary was waiting there and headed the ball down. The ball bounced and Luthy got a hand on it, but not enough as it still trickled into the goal for a 1-0 lead.
• The Tar Heels doubled the lead in the 43rd minute on a long free kick. Speas stationed the set piece from 40 yards out near midfield and sent a volley into the box. Luthy came off his line to thwart the attack, but a pair of UNC players obstructed his path. Luthy leaped to catch the ball but ran into the Tar Heels, allowing it to bounce behind him and then into the goal.
• Boston College went on the attack in the second half and outshot UNC, 7-3. It also got five shots on goal. The Eagles finally broke through in the 62nd minute after some quality passing. Bekker and junior Charlie Rugg provided some spark up top and fed senior Steve Rose just outside of the box. A couple of defenders converged on Rose and knocked him to the ground, drawing a yellow card and a free kick. Bekker set up from 20 yards out and his shot bounced off the right post and into the left side netting to make it a 2-1 game.
• North Carolina got the goal back three minutes later on a counter attack. Schuler sent a low cross into the box from the right side where it found Speas who had beaten his man. Speas put the ball in the back of the net to make it a two-goal game once again, 3-1.

BC MAKES SECOND ACC FINAL
• Boston College reached the final of the 2011 ACC Championship last week with a pair of wins against No. 4 Maryland and No. 24 Duke. The Eagles lost in the championship game to No. 3 North Carolina.
• It marked the fifth-consecutive time that BC reached the semifinals of the tournament - the only ACC team to accomplish that feat in the last five seasons.
• The Eagles traveled to College Park for the second time this year for a quarterfinal matchup with Maryland. The Terrapins won the regular season meeting, 4-0.
• Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez and junior Charlie Rugg scored early first-half goals to lead BC past Maryland, 2-1.
• Next up was Duke in Cary, N.C. for a trip to the final. Medina-Mendez played a part in both goals and scored the game-winner in the 66th minute to spark BC to a 2-1 win.
• In the final against North Carolina, the Tar Heels scored a pair of goals in the first half and went on to defeat BC, 3-1.
• Ben Speas played a part in all three scores for North Carolina with two goals and an assist. Carlos McCrary scored the game's first goal and Billy Schuler added a helper.
• Junior Kyle Bekker scored the lone goal for BC on a free kick in the 62nd minute.

EAGLES ON THE ACC ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
• Four Boston College players were named to the 2011 ACC Men's Soccer Championship All-Tournament Team.
• Juniors Kyle Bekker, Colin Murphy and Charlie Rugg and freshman Diego Medina-Mendez were all voted onto the team.
• Bekker scored BC's lone goal in the championship game against North Carolina and also assisted the game-wining goal against Duke in the semfinals.
• Murphy was active all tournament long and assisted on the Eagles' first goal against the Blue Devils that tied the game.
• Rugg provided the game-winning goal at Maryland in the quarterfinals.
• Medina-Mendez led BC with two goals and five points. He scored the first goal against Maryland and the game-winner versus Duke. He also assisted on the equalizer in the contest with the Blue Devils.

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.

BC FOURTH IN RPI
• Boston College earned the nation's fourth seed in the NCAA Championship in part to its RPI, which is also fourth in the country.
• BC has played nine matches against teams currently in the RPI top 30, including five in the top five: North Carolina (twice), Maryland (twice) and Connecticut.
• The Eagles defeated Maryland (No. 5 RPI) in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship and then took out Duke (No. 28) in the semis.
• The Eagles are 5-4 this season against teams ranked in the top 30 of the RPI and four of those wins have come in the last six outings.

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).

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 previous 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.

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 10 in all three new 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 fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in assists (31) and fifth in goals (34) and points (99).
• BC entered this week ranked 27th in the country in goals scored (34) and 35th in scoring offense (1.70).
• On the other side of the pitch, the maroon and white is second in the ACC in shutouts (7) and third in goals allowed (25) and goals against average (1.24).

MEDINA-MENDEZ MAKES QUICK IMPACT
• Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez has started 16 matches and appeared in all 20. He is the only freshman to earn a start this season.
• The speedy midfielder has scored eight goals and assisted on two others for 18 points.
• Medina-Mendez scored two goals and added an assist in three matches in the 2011 ACC Championship. He scored the Eagles' first goal in the 2-1 quarterfinal win against Maryland then scored the game-winning goal and assisted on the other in a 2-1 semifinal win versus Duke.
• He has four goals in the last six matches and six of his eight goals this year have come against ACC opponents.
• His eight goals this year lead the team and rank seventh in the ACC.

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 61 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 1.25 goals against average this season and has been credited with 76 saves - a .752 save percentage.
• He has helped pitch seven shutouts this season which ranks second in the ACC while being third in save percentage and goals against average.

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 eights goals, seven assists and 23 points. He is also second on the team with 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 October 22.
• He also recorded assists in wins at Virginia October 29 and against Duke in the semifinals of the ACC Championship.
• Bekker added the lone goal against North Carolina in the ACC Championship game, a free kick in the 62nd minute.
• Bekker ranks fifth in the ACC in assists, seventh in goals and eighth in points.

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 in the ACC Championship.
• 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 November 8 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.

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.

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 six goals and 17 points.
• Aburmad ranks third in the ACC in multiple-point games with four.
• The Zofim, Israel product scored the equalizer against Duke in the 25th minute of the semifinal of the ACC Championship.
• It was his first score since September 16.

AGER ENTERS POINT COLUMN
• Sophomore Chris Ager has started 33 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 33 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 74 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 62 games with 57 starts at BC.

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