Nov. 12, 1997
Boston College Field Hockey Prepares for NCAA Division I Championships
1997 BIG EAST Champions Making Second NCAA Appearance
BIG EAST Champions... With a 2-0 victory over ninth-ranked Connecticut on November 9 in the BIG EAST Championship title game, Boston College earned an automatic berth to the 1997 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships.
It is the Eagles' second NCAA berth. In 1994, the Eagles earned an automatic berth by winning the BIG EAST Championship.
Princeton Is First Round Opponent... Ivy League champion Princeton (14-3) will be the Eagles' first-round opponent. The teams will square off on Saturday, November 15 at noon in College Park, Maryland.
The two teams have seven common opponents. Boston College has a 5-3 record against those opponents, while Princeton is 5-2. Fourth-ranked Maryland (18-2) will meet the winner on November 16 at 2:30 p.m. at Astroturf Facility.
Eagles vs. Princeton: First Meeting
In NCAA Play... The Eagles are 1-1 in the NCAA Tournament. In 1994, the Eagles defeated Northeastern, 3-2, before losing 5-0 in the quarterfinals to eventual champion North Carolina. The Eagles are 1-4 against 1997 NCAA qualifiers.
Strong Finish for Eagles... The Eagles have finished the season strong, winning 10 of their last 12 games, including their last six. The Eagles have allowed just one goal in their last four games.
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 53-27-2 record. With 15 victories this season, the 1997 Eagles have tied the school record, set by the 1994 NCAA-qualifying squad.
Eagles Tough at Home... With two victories in the BIG EAST Championship, which were held at Alumni Stadium, Boston College improved its already-impressive home winning streak to nine games.
After losing to fourth-ranked Maryland on September 12, the Eagles won their remaining nine games on the Alumni Stadium turf to finish with an impressive 11-1 home mark.
Durko Is BIG EAST Scoring Leader... With the game-winning goal in the BIG EAST Championship title game on November 9 versus Connecticut, senior forward Andrea Durko (Briarcliff, N.Y.) now has 31 points (13g, 5a) on the season, just one shy of her personal season-high of 32, set in 1996.
The two-time BIG EAST regular-season scoring leader and First Team All-BIG EAST selection, Durko has 95 points (42g, 11a) in 80 collegiate games.
Ramsbotham Has Been Steady... Junior sweeper Joy Ramsbotham (Melvin Village, N.H.) has come back nicely from an early-season illness.
Selected as the 1997 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, Ramsbotham is also second on the Eagles in scoring with 26 points (11g, 4a). With one goal in each of the two BIG EAST Championship contests last weekend, Ramsbotham enters the NCAA Tournament with a five-game goal scoring streak.
Ambros Assists Others... Junior center midfielder Anne Marie Ambros (Bridgeton, N.J.) has had a tremendous season, leading all BIG EAST players with 22 assists, a career high.
A three-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honoree (9/22, 10/13 and 11/3) this season, Ambros had six assists in seven 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 1311 minutes, Cichaski has a 13-5 record with seven shutouts, including two in the BIG EAST Championship last weekend.
Cichaski sports a 1.33 goals against average and an .800 save percentage. Against BIG EAST opponents, Cichaski's numbers are even better: 0.71 g.a.a. and .861 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 scored eight of her goals in a nine-game stretch (9/19 to 10/29), including a career-high three versus Rhode Island on October 8. In fact, the Eagles are 7-0 in which Fitzgerald scores a goal.