Sept. 4, 1997
Boston College to Host Field Hockey Tournament
What: 1997 Boston College Field Hockey Tournament
Where: Alumni Stadium (artificial turf), Chestnut Hill, Mass.
When: Saturday and Sunday, September 6-7
Teams Participating: Boston College, Southwest Missouri State, Fairfield University, and LaSalle University
Tournament Pairings... The Boston College field hockey team will open its 1997 season against Southwest Missouri State (1-1) on Saturday morning (11:30 a.m.) in the first round of the Boston College Field Hockey Tournament. Fairfield University (0-1) and LaSalle University (0-0) meet at 1:30 p.m. in the other first-round contest.
The Championship Game... will be played on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The consolation game will begin at 11:30 a.m.
A Look at the Eagles... Boston College, led by head coach Sherren Granese (11th season, 86-104-6), finished 11-8 in 1996, the program's third consecutive winning season. The Eagles have a 38-21-2 record in those three years.
Eagles Picked First in BIG EAST... In the BIG EAST preseason coaches' poll, Boston College was picked to finish first in the six-team Conference. The Eagles received three of a possible five first-place votes in the balloting. Last season, BC finished tied for second with Syracuse in league play. Connecticut (picked third in '97) is the defending BIG EAST champion.
Top-Scoring Trio Returns... BC returns its top three scorers from a year ago. Senior forward Andrea Durko (Briarcliff, N.Y.) and junior forward Joy Ramsbotham (Melvin Village, N.H.) tied for the team-lead with 32 points (14 goals, 4 assists), while junior back Anne Marie Ambros (Bridgeton, N.J.) was third with 12 points (2 goals, 8 assists).
1996 Honors... Four members of the '97 Eagles return after earning postseason honors last season. Ambros was a First Team All-BIG EAST and Regional All-America selection, while Ramsbotham earned Second Team All-BIG EAST and NFHCA All-America accolades. Durko also earned Second All-BIG EAST honors, and forward Julianne Marrone (Holden, Mass.) was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team in 1996.
Road to the Postseason... The road to postseason starts in Chestnut Hill. On November 8-9, Boston College will host the BIG EAST Championships. For the last four seasons, BC qualified for the two-day event. In 1994, the Eagles earned their first NCAA playoff berth after defeating Syracuse, 1-0, in the BIG EAST championship contest.
A Look the Other Teams... Southwest Missouri State is 1-1 after splitting its two contests last weekend at the Saint Louis University Tournament. The Lady Eagles lost to Hofstra, 3-2, and rebounded to defeat Louisville, 2-1. Fairfield is 0-1 after losing to Connecticut, 11-0, on September 3. LaSalle opens its season on September 4 against Bucknell.