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No. 20/18 Lacrosse Wins Season Opener over Holy Cross, 17-8

Feb. 16, 2013

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore Covie Stanwick set career highs with six goals and nine points to lead No. 20/18 Boston College past Holy Cross, 17-8, in its season opener at the Hart Turf Field on Saturday afternoon.

Freshman Sarah Mannelly recorded four goals and four assists in her collegiate debut, and senior Brooke Blue scored four goals for the Eagles (1-0, 0-0 ACC).

Taylor Zebrowski and Laura Ryan each scored twice for the Crusaders (1-1, 0-0 PL).

Sophomore Emily Mata made seven saves while Sarah Weber made eight saves for Holy Cross.

After a goal from Holy Cross early in the second half, Blue and Mannelly each scored to push BC's lead to 8-5 with 25:49 to play. Stanwick scored for the fourth time in between tallies from the Crusaders as BC maintained a 9-7 advantage with just under 20 minutes left.

The Eagles then scored three straight goals to earn a 12-7 advantage with just over 15 minutes remaining. Mannelly posted her second and third goals of the game to start the run, and Moira Barry capped the run with an unassisted goal. Holy Cross answered with another goal, but the Eagles went on a 5-0 run to close the game with Stanwick and Blue each scoring twice during the streak.

The Eagles and Crusaders traded goals over the game's first six minutes with Blue getting BC on the board first off a feed from Stanwick.

BC then scored three straight goals to take a 4-1 edge with 12:11 left in the first half. Mikaela Rix tallied the first goal of the run moving left to right from just outside the arc. Stanwick then scored twice within a minute - wrapping around the net on the first and shooting from straight ahead on the second.

The Crusaders answered with three consecutive goals of their own, but the Eagles scored twice inside of the last minute to gain a 6-4 lead at the half. Stanwick converted off an assist from Mannelly with 20 seconds left, and Rix scored with 11 seconds left on a free position shot.

Next, Boston College hosts Vanderbilt in its home opener on Wednesday at 2 p.m. on the Newton Campus Lacrosse Field.

Game Notes:
BC improved to 17-3 all-time against Holy Cross ... The Eagles have won their last five season openers and are now 11-11 all-time in such games.

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