March 10, 2012
NEWTON, Mass. - No. 18/13 Boston College (4-2, 1-0 ACC) used a 9-2 first-half run to earn a decisive, 17-10 victory against Virginia Tech (4-3, 0-1 ACC) on Saturday afternoon in the squad's first Atlantic Coast Conference matchup of the season.
Freshmen Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick led the offensive attack for the Eagles in the victory. Rix tallied a game-high four goals, marking her sixth consecutive game with three or more, while Stanwick led all scorers with five points (3 goals, 2 assists). Seniors Sam Taylor and Brittany Wilton each tallied a hat trick of their own in the outing, while grad student Kristin Igoe recorded a pair of scores. Junior Brooke Blue and sophomore Cali Ceglarskieach added one goal on the day, as well.
Senior goalkeeper Catherine Conwayturned in a strong, complete-game performance with nine saves and one ground ball.
As a team, the Eagles scooped up 14 ground balls compared to the Hokies' eight, and took 26 shots compared to VA Tech's 19. BC caused six turnovers in the game.
BC took an early lead, as Igoe scored on a free-position shot less than 30 seconds into the game, but the Hokies quickly retaliated to tie it up at one aside. Boston College answered with three consecutive goals to pull away and take a 4-1 advantage with 23:06 left in the half.
VT recorded back-to-back goals to cut the BC buffer to just one with 22 minutes left in the first. However, Cali Ceglarskiscored her first goal of the season to spark a 9-2 Eagles' run that spanned the remainder of the first half and put the game out of the Hokies' reach, as BC took a 13-5 lead into the locker room.
Boston College continued to control the pace of play early in the second half, as Rix scored her 21st goal of the season to extend the Eagles' lead to 14-5 with 27:26 left to play. The Hokies would not go quietly, though, as Jack Boissonneault scored a pair of goals to make it a 14-7 game with just over 14 minutes remaining.
Stanwick found Taylor open in front of the net for another BC goal, but VA Tech strung three together to cut the BC lead to 15-10 with less than five minutes to play. Despite the pressure from the Hokies, Rix and Taylor each scored another goal in the final minutes of play to secure the 17-10 conference-victory for the Eagles.
Boston College returns to action on Wednesday, March 14 at Albany. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m.