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Field Hockey Squares Off Against Wake Forest at ACC Tournament

Coach Lamb and the Eagles look for their first ACC Tournament win in 2011

Coach Lamb and the Eagles look for their first ACC Tournament win in 2011

Nov. 1, 2011

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Fifth-seeded Boston College will square off against fourth-seeded Wake Forest to kick off the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship hosted by the University of Maryland, as BC vies for its first-ever ACC Tournament win. The squads will meet for the second time in less than a week, as the Eagles were defeated by the Demon Deacons, 1-0, on Oct. 29 in the season finale for both teams.

The BC-Wake game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Maryland's Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on Thursday, Nov. 3. The winner will advance to the semifinals to take on top-seeded North Carolina on Friday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m.

A live broadcast of Thursday's quarterfinal games will be available at theACC.com, while Friday's semifinal matchups can be seen on RSN, the ACC's regional sports network.

Boston College Team Notes
• BC completed the 2011 regular season record with a 10-8 overall record and a 1-4 mark in the ACC.
• With the 1-0 loss at Wake Forest, the Eagles head into the postseason ranked No. 14 in the nation.
• This year's squad has 54 goals on the season, moving the 2011 team into a three-way tie for sixth place on the all-time record list for goals in a season. The Eagles need just four more goals to move into fifth place and tie a record previously set in 2005.
• Boston College is currently nationally ranked in the top 20 for four statistical categories. The team is ranked 16th in goals per game (3.0), 17th in points per game (8.33) and scoring average (2.87) and 18th in assists per game (2.33).
• As a team, BC has outshot its opponents, 289-198, and forced more corners, 126-90.
• The Eagles have made the most of their penalty corner opportunities, scoring over one-third (37.0 percent) of their goals this season in that fashion.
• BC has been unstoppable after scoring first, as the squad holds an 8-0 record when it strikes before its opponent.
• Boston College is 6-0 this season when scoring four or more goals in an outing.

Boston College Individual Notes
• Senior Courtney Tavener leads the Eagles' offensive effort with 26 total points this season, a career-best mark. She is also first on the team with 10 goals.
• Sophomore Paige Norris has become an important playmaker for the Eagles, as she leads the team with nine assists. Norris' mark is also good for third overall in the ACC and for 36th in the nation.
• Senior Carla Tamer has been a threat on both sides of the ball for BC. She is not only a leader on defense as a veteran back, but is also second on the team with nine goals and 23 total points.
• Senior Nicole Barry is currently ranked second in the ACC with 74 saves and 31st in the nation with a 1.94 goals against average.
• New Zealand natives Anna Wetherall and Maike de Jager have been important additions to the BC roster this season, as the Kiwis account for over one-fourth (14) of the teams 54 goals this season. Wetherall has notched three game-winning goals, as well as a hat trick against Dartmouth on Oct. 23.

Scouting Wake Forest
• The Demon Deacons enter Thursday's game with a 9-8 overall record and a 2-3 mark in the ACC.
• Wake Forest went undefeated in the month of October, winning seven consecutive games, dating back to Oct. 8.
• Wake closed out the regular season ranked No. 19 after the team's win against BC.
• Lizzie Rae and Kari Walkley lead the offensive effort for Wake Forest. Rae has a team-best 25 points (10 goals, 5 assists), while Walkley owns a team-high 11 goals and one assist for 23 points.
• Lauren Greenwald earned her first goal of the season to lift the Demon Deacons to victory against BC on Oct. 29.

Series History
• With the 1-0 win at BC on Oct. 29, Wake Forest now leads the all-time series, 11-2, against Boston College.
• The Eagles and the Demon Deacons met twice last season, splitting the results, 1-1. BC defeated Wake, 3-2, in the regular season meeting on Oct. 29, but Wake Forest took a 2-1 overtime decision in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Nov. 4 to end the Eagles' postseason hopes.
• The teams have met in the first round of the ACC Tournament for three consecutive years, with the Demon Deacons earning all three decisions to advance to the semifinals of the tournament.

Scouting North Carolina
• North Carolina finished its 2011 schedule with an 18-1 overall record and a 5-0 mark in the ACC to take the conference's regular-season title and seed first in the ACC Championship.
• Last weekend, UNC defeated No. 1 Old Dominion in overtime, 3-2, in the team's regular-season finale to take over the top spot in the nation heading into the postseason.
• Kelsey Kolojejchick leads the Tar Heels with 45 points (19 goals, 7 assists), while J. Gaudioso Radvany has added to the team's offensive effort with 29 points (14 goals, 1 assist) of her own.

Series History
• North Carolina holds a 9-1 lead in the all-time series against Boston College.
• BC's lone win of the series came at home in 2008, when the Eagles shutout the Tar Heels, 2-0.
• In the squads' last meeting on Oct. 8, 2011, North Carolina defeated Boston College, 2-0.
• The Eagles and the Tar Heels have previously met once before in the ACC Tournament. The schools squared off in the first round of the tournament in 2005, BC's inaugural year in the ACC, when North Carolina earned a 2-1 decision to advance to the semifinals.

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