Feb. 17, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass. - The No. 13 Boston College (1-0) lacrosse squad defeated Holy Cross (0-2), 16-5, in the Eagles' season opener on Friday afternoon at Holy Cross Field.
Three Eagles registered a hat trick in the victory. Junior Brooke Blue and freshman Mikaela Rix scored four goals apiece, while graduate student Kristin Igoe added three goals and an assist. Freshman Covie Stanwick led all scorers with six points (2 goals, 4 assists). Senior Sam Taylor added to the offensive effort with two goals and senior Brittany Wiltontallied one of her own.
On the Eagles defensive end, senior goalkeeper Catherine Conwayturned in a strong performance, registering five saves in her first career win.
The Eagles dominated play early, with two quick goals by Rix and Wilton in the first minute of play. With 26:41 left in the half, Taylor added to the BC lead with a goal, assisted by Stanwick.
Taylor Zebrowski scored with 22:43 left in the half to put the Crusaders on the board, but Stanwick quickly found Blue in front of the net to extend the Eagles lead back to three. A yellow card on BC gave the Crusaders a man-up opportunity, which they capitalized on to make it a 4-2 game with 19:33 to go in the half.
BC retaliated with back-to-back goals from Igoe to take a 6-2 advantage. Holy Cross found the back of the net, but BC quickly retaliated as Stanwick and Blue connected once again to make it a 7-3 game with less than 14 minutes left in the half. BC maintained control of the game to take this four goal advantage into halftime.
After almost four minutes of scoreless play in the second half, Holy Cross struck to pull within three. The Crusaders then cut the Eagles lead to two by converting on a free-position shot with just over 22 minutes left in the game.
Rix sparked a nine-goal run for the Eagles when she took a hard shot and scored with just under 18 minutes left to make it an 8-5 game. Three minutes later, Taylor picked up a groundball at midfield and found Stanwick, who carried the ball all the way down the field to score and put the Eagles on top, 9-5. BC extended its buffer to 11 with goals by Blue, Igoe, Rix, Stanwick and Taylor to make it 16-5 with one minute remaining. Boston College was able to keep possession of the ball in the final seconds of play to seal the 16-5 victory in the season opener.
The Eagles return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 21, when they travel to Syracuse for a 4 p.m. tilt.