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Nov. 6, 1997

Boston College Field Hockey Prepares for BIG EAST Championships

#3 seeded Eagles to face #2 Providence in semifinals

Five In a Row... As a result of its 4-1 victory over Rutgers on October 31, Boston College earned its fifth consecutive BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship berth and sixth overall (since 1989). The Eagles have a 2-4 record in the tournament, including a BIG EAST title in 1994.
        Year        Seed        BC Opponent     Result
        1989        #4      #1, Providence      3-0, L
        1993        #4      #1, Syracuse        3-0, L
        1994        #3      #2, Connecticut     3-1, W
                    #3      #1, Syracuse        1-0, W (7-6 penalty strokes)
        1995        #3      #2, Rutgers         2-1, L
        1996        #2      #3, Providence      3-1, L

Alumni Stadium Is Venue Again... For the seventh time in the nine years of the tournament, BC's Alumni Stadium will be the venue for the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championships. The last time BC hosted the tournament was in 1995. Last year, Alumni Stadium was the site for the NCAA Division I Final Four.

BC Ranked 17th in Nation... In the latest NCAA Division I Poll, Boston College is ranked 17th, moving up one spot from the previous week. BC has a 3-4 record against teams in the current poll. The Eagles have finished the season strong, winning eight of their last 10 games, including their last four games.

BC Meets Providence... The third-seeded Eagles will face second-seeded Providence (11-9) at 1 p.m. Top-seeded Connecticut (14-5) will meet the fourth-seed, Syracuse (13-7), at 11 a.m. Last year, Boston College and Providence met in the semifinal round of the BIG EAST Championships. Providence advanced to the finals with a 3-1 victory. This season, Providence defeated Boston College, 3-2, on October 1 in Providence, R.I. The Eagles took a 2-1 first-half lead but were unable to contain the Lady Friars.

Eagles Tough at Home... 17th-ranked Boston College has an impressive 9-1 record in Alumni Stadium this season. The Eagles have won seven consecutive games, including two against BIG EAST opponents (Syracuse and Rutgers) on the Alumni Stadium turf since a 6-1 loss to then #4-ranked Maryland on September 12.

Head Coach Sherren Granese... Now in her 11th season, head coach Sherren Granese has led the Eagles to a string of four consecutive double-digit victory campaigns. Since 1994, the Eagles have recorded an impressive 51-27-2 record. With 13 victories this season, the 1997 Eagles are two away from the school record of 15, set by the 1994 NCAA-qualifying squad.

Durko Leads BIG EAST In Scoring... Senior forward Andrea Durko (Briarcliff, N.Y.) finished the regular season with 29 points (12g, 5a), tied with Providence's Erica Hebert in first place in the BIG EAST. Durko is just three points from tying her personal season-high of 32 points, set in 1996. This year, Durko scored seven points (3g, 1a) in BIG EAST play and earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors twice (9/8 and 11/3). For her career, Durko has 93 points (43g, 11a) in 78 collegiate games.

Ramsbotham Has Been Steady... Junior sweeper Joy Ramsbotham (Melvin Village, N.H.) has come back nicely from an early-season illness. Second on the team in scoring with 21 points (9g, 3a), Ramsbotham currently has a three-game goal scoring streak. Also a tenacious defender, Ramsbotham earned BIG EAST Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors on September 22. Last season, Ramsbotham earned Second Team All-America honors.

Ambros Assists Others... Junior center midfielder Anne Marie Ambros (Bridgeton, N.J.) has had a tremendous season, leading all BIG EAST players with 20 assists, a career-high. A three-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (9/22, 10/13 and 11/3), Ambros had four assists in five BIG EAST games this season. Ambros recorded a career-high four assists in a win over Rhode Island on October 8.

Cichaski in the Cage... Freshman goalkeeper Stacy Cichaski (Northampton, Mass.) has been consistent protecting the cage this season. In 1171 minutes, Cichaski has sported a 1.49 goals against average and a .786 save percentage. In BIG EAST play, Cichaski's numbers are even better: 0.99 g.a.a. and .821 save percentage.

Fitzgerald Posts Career-High Numbers... Senior Marion Fitzgerald (Little Silver, N.J.) has scored a career-high 10 goals this season. Entering 1997, Fitzgerald had just two goals in 60 collegiate games. Fitzgerald has scored eight of her goals in the Eagles' last nine games, including a career-high three on October 8 versus Rhode Island. The Eagles are 7-0 in games where Fitzgerald scores a goal.

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