Lacrosse downs cross-town rival BU, 20-11
May 3, 2014
BOSTON – No. 5 Boston College finished off its regular season in style, running past cross-town rival Boston University, 20-11, on Saturday night at Nickerson Field. Junior attack Covie Stanwick scored a game-high six points, including four goals and two assists, while sophomore midfield Caroline Margolis, junior midfielder Mikaela Rix and senior attack Moira Barry each had a hat trick in the triumph.
Freshman netminder Zoe Ochoa stopped seven shots in her first-collegiate decision and fifth appearance as an Eagle. Ochoa’s seven saves are second best for Boston College this season.
Stanwick upped her season total to 77 points on the year with 43 goals and 34 helpers.
Rix led the Eagles with four ground balls and was one of three players with two caused turnovers, joining senior defenders Kara O’Connell and Claire Blohm.
In all, BC dominated the circle, winning 21-of-32 draws and also won the ground ball battle, 15-8.
Boston College took a commanding 10-3 into halftime after Mannelly, Rix and Barry each scored a pair of goals.
The Terriers struck 28 seconds in with a marker from Jenny Thompson before Boston College rattled off the next nine goals to set the precedent.
Despite missing their first two free position attempts, Mannelly charged through the right side and bounced it low on Sheridan at 22:02 to incite the rally.
Forty seconds later, Mannelly fed Stanwick in front to give the Eagles the lead for good at 21:38 of the first half. Margolis and Rix ran it up to 3-1 in transition at 19:47 and Mannelly dominated the ensuing draw and scored 12 seconds later from the right slot.
Mannelly’s tally forced the Terriers into a timeout, but Barry made it 5-1 on a free position attempt at 17:09. Blue handled a long outlet pass from Stanwick and Blue put it to the back of the net at 15:21 for the 6-1 lead. Barry, Kate McCarthy and Margolis added three more for the Eagles before BU’s Jill Horka and Ally Adams curbed the Eagles’ nine-goal run.
With 35 seconds left in the first half, Rix added BC’s 10th goal on the free position.
The Eagles tagged the Terriers with another 10-spot in the second half, but Boston University found some offense with eight goals of its own.
Much like the first half, BU struck first 42 seconds in, but sophomore Kate Rich and Margolis teamed up at 25:22 and 24:03, respectively, to keep the Eagles ahead, 12-4.
Following Margolis’ successful free position tear, the Terriers went on a mini spurt and scored the next three goals to the Eagles’ lead to five, 12-7. All three goals transpired via free position.
BC Coach Acacia Walker hailed for a timeout and the Eagles came out of the break with a Rix and Stanwick tally at 15:07 and 13:40, in that order. Rix’s marker occurred via free position while Stanwick accepted a pass from Rich on the doorstep for the easy dunk and a 14-7 lead.
The Eagles and Terriers each traded goals on ensuing possessions to keep it a seven-goal lead for BC, 16-9. Rookie Kara Magley notched her first of the game on a smart look from Barry at 8:06, dumping it past BU’s Christina Sheridan at 8:06. Stanwick sealed her hat trick with a cutting move down the left side of the crease at 6:34 to give BC the nine-goal cushion, 18-9.
BU sandwiched a couple tallies in between Blue’s second blast of the night with 2:57 remaining in regulation before Stanwick sealed the contest with BC’s 20th tally with 39 seconds remaining to win.
Boston University committed six yellow cards, including five in the second half, in the Eagles’ 20-11 victory on Saturday night.
Boston College will await its NCAA Tournament fate tomorrow at 9 p.m. The Eagles will learn their first round opponent for the 2014 NCAA Tournament upon the announcement delivered on NCAA.com. Fans can watch the stream for free tomorrow night.