Lacrosse Defeats No. 6/5 Duke, 10-9
April 6, 2013
NEWTON, Mass. - Sophomore Mikaela Rix scored a game-high four goals as Boston College beat its second top-10 opponent in as many games defeating No. 6/5 Duke, 10-9, at the Newton Campus Lacrosse Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles (6-6, 3-2 ACC) beat the Blue Devils (9-3, 2-3 ACC) for the first time in program history and set a new school high for ACC wins in a season. Earlier in the year in ACC play, BC beat then-No. 9/10 Virgina on March 30 and Virginia Tech on March 9.
"I'm just so happy for my girls - they worked so hard. We had a hard week. We've had a lot of ups and downs, and so to be honest I'm just so proud of the girls," head coach Acacia Walker said. "They're young, they stepped up, and we won a close game. Duke is an excellent team, and we're excited about the win."
BC held Duke to its lowest scoring output of the season since the Blue Devils managed six goals against No. 1/1 Maryland on February 24. The Eagles maintained a lead of no larger than two throughout the second half.
"That's a sign of maturity, and we have a really young team so I give all the credit to the leaders on the field," Walker said. "Alex Frank and Jen Kent, my assistants, have done a ridiculous job with our defense so I'm so proud. The whole year everyone has been saying that defense is going to be our weak spot, and Jen and Alex have done a great job with them."
Freshman Sarah Mannelly scored three goals including two in the second half, and sophomore Covie Stanwick recorded two goals. Junior Kate McCarthy scored once, and classmate Cali Ceglarski tallied an assist.
After the Blue Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead inside of the first five minutes, Rix scored BC's first goal of the game just over 12 minutes into the contest. Duke scored two and a half minutes later to push its lead to 4-1.
The Eagles answered with a 4-0 run over a five-minute span to capture a 5-4 lead with 10:09 to play in the first half. McCarthy started the run as she charged into the arc and found the back of the net before Rix scored her second goal of the game off a free position shot. Stanwick and Rix scored BC's next two goals to close the run.
Duke tied the game with a goal before Rix scored again off a free position shot to give the Eagles a lead they would not relinquish. Mannelly scored her first goal of the game with two minutes left in the first to give BC a 7-5 halftime advantage.
The Blue Devils scored two of the second half's first three goals to pull within 8-7 with just under 20 minutes to play before Stanwick connected on a shot off a Ceglarski pass to push BC's lead to 9-7 with 18:29 remaining.
Duke pulled within one goal on two occasions in the last fifteen minutes, but the Eagles were able to fight off the visitors' comeback attempt. A Mannelly goal off a free position shot with 8:13 to play gave the Eagles a 10-8 lead, and after Duke scored with 3:44 to go, BC held the Blue Devils scoreless for the duration of the game.
Boston College returns to play at New Hampshire on Wednesday at 4 p.m.