Lacrosse Defeats Bryant, 17-9, In First Round Of NCAA Tourney
May 9, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -
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The No. 6 Boston College lacrosse team earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory with a 17-9 victory over Bryant University on Friday at the Newton Lacrosse Complex in the first round of the tournament. BC will host Loyola (Md.) on Sunday, May 11 at 1 p.m.
Bryant ends its season with a 15-3 record. Loyola defeated UMass, 10-4, in the first game of the tournament.
Junior Covie Stanwick had a nine point game with five goals, three assists for eight points, while sophomore Sarah Mannelly added four goals and two assists for six points. Junior Michaela Rix and Moira Barry each added two goals and one assist for three points. Stanwick and Rix both led BC with five draw controls apiece.
The Eagles outshot Bryant, 31-16, in total shots and, 20-7, in draw controls. BC also had a, 14-10, edge in ground balls.
BC opened the second half with four straight goals in three minutes to pull away, 14-5. The highlight of the four goal run was a Stanwick pass across the middle to Mannelly, who ripped a no-look back scoop shot with 22:45 to play in the game.
From there BC took control of the game, as the Eagles scored Bryant, 7-4, in the second half. Stanwick and Mannelly had two goals apiece.
The four goal outburst was totally opposite of the Eagles play in the first three minutes of the game. BC lost the first three draws to Bryant and the Bulldogs responded with two goals for an early, 2-0, lead.
Kate Rich broke through first for BC followed by Mannelly's first goal of the game to tie the match, 2-2. Stanwick gave BC the lead for good on her first goal at 22:35 in the game. Moira Barry extended the lead, 4-2, with fewer than 21 minutes to play. The Eagles erased the Bryant as they scored four goals in a two-minute span.
Goals by Rix, Stanwick and Ceglarski, gave BC a 7-3 lead with under 16 minutes left to play. Vendel cut the Eagles lead to three goals with a tremendous individual effort with 10 minutes to play but Stanwick erased any comeback by the Bulldogs with two straight goals for a BC, 9-4, lead.
At the half, Boston College held a 10-5 lead with Stanwick leading the offense with four goals and one assist, while Mannelly added two goals and two assists. Rix started the offensive attack as she came away with five draw controls in the half. Bryant was led by Lisa Vendel with two goals.
BC held a 19-7 lead in shot and an 11-5 edge in draw controls. BC had nine ground balls to four by Bryant.