April 20, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. -
Fifth seeded Boston College (8-8) was defeated by fourth-seeded Virginia (11-5) in the first round of the ACC Tournament, hosted by Duke. The Cavaliers advance to the semifinals and will take on top-seeded North Carolina on Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m.
"We challenged this team to start going harder to goal, to question things less as to whether they could or could not do something and to trust their instincts," head coach Bowen Holden said. "And on top of that, we had to take care of the ball, which was not happening earlier in the game."
Grad student Kristin Igoe, and freshmen Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick led the Eagles' offensive effort with two goals apiece. Stanwick also had two assists to post a team-high four points. Senior Brittany Wilton and junior Brooke Blue each tallied one goal for BC.
As a team, Boston College outshot Virginia, 28-26 and scooped up more ground balls, 13-9.
Virginia capitalized on several BC fouls and turnovers to take an early 4-0 advantage in the first 12 minutes of play. Stanwick found Blue open in front of the net to put the Eagles on the board with 15:41 to play in the half.
The Cavaliers retaliated with four straight goals to take their largest lead of the day, up 8-1 with eight minutes to go in the half. Rix followed with back-to-back goals in the final minutes of the first to cut the Eagles' deficit to five, down 8-3 at the half.
Julie Gardner scored less than 30 seconds into the second half, but the BC offense made a comeback with three consecutive goals to pull within three, down 9-6 with 23:32 remaining.
Virginia scored two before Wilton found Stanwick open for a goal, making it an 11-7 game with just over 15 minutes to play. The Cavaliers outscored the Eagles, 2-1 in the final minutes of the game, as Virginia advances to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament with the 13-8 victory.
The Eagles return to action on Saturday, April 28 when they host Yale on Senior Day. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.