Feb. 15, 2013
BC TRAVELS TO WORCESTER
Boston College travels to Holy Cross for its 2013 season opener in Worcester, Mass., on the Hart Turf Field at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.
In the first game of last season, the Eagles beat the Crusaders at Holy Cross Field, 16-5.
Saturday's game marks the 20th meeting between the two teams with BC holding a 16-3 all-time record against Holy Cross. BC has only played Harvard more times (21).
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SERIES HISTORY WITH THE CRUSADERS
The Last Meeting
February 17, 2012
Lacrosse Downs Holy Cross, 16-5
The Boston College (1-0) lacrosse squad defeated Holy Cross (0-2), 16-5, in the Eagles' season opener on Friday afternoon at Holy Cross Field.
Boston College holds a 16-3 all-time record against Holy Cross.
Coming into Saturday, the Eagles carry marks of 8-2 on the road, 7-1 at home, and 1-0 at neutral sites against the Crusaders.
BC has won each of the last five meetings against Holy Cross dating back to the 2008 season.
The Eagles last fell to the Crusaders on March 14, 2007 in an 18-11 loss in Worcester.
The first meeting between the two schools came on April 24, 1993. The two sides have met every year since, except for the 1998 season.
SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
Holy Cross concluded the 2012 season with a 10-8 overall record and a mark of 4-2 in the Patriot League.
After finishing tied for second in the Patriot, the Crusaders made it to the finals of the conference tournament before falling to Navy, 18-11.
The Crusaders return 18 letterwinners and eight starters from last year.
In its season opener, Holy Cross won at Bryant, 8-7, on Feb. 13. Sara Hennessey led the Crusaders with four goals.
Holy Cross brings back its top three point scorers from 2012 in Laura Ryan (50), Taylor Zebrowski (47), and Sara Hennessey (46).
Sarah Weber returns in goal for Holy Cross after recording an 11.50 GAA in 2012.
LAST TIME OUT -- 2012 SEASON FINALE
No. 18 Boston College lacrosse held New Hampshire to just one goal in the first half en route to an 11-6 victory in the team's season finale on May 1 in Newton, Mass., with the win BC completed its third-consecutive winning season.
The Eagles controlled the pace of play for most of the contest, outdrawing the Wildcats, 13-6, and scooping up more ground balls, 23-19. BC also outshot UNH, 25-16.
Senior Sam Taylor led all scorers with four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the last game of her collegiate career. Grad student Kristin Igoe and junior Brooke Blue each tallied a hat trick, while senior Brittany Wilton recorded two points with a pair of assists. Sophomores Moira Barry, Cali Ceglarski and Kelly McNelis rounded out the goal scorers for BC with one apiece.
The Eagles jumped out to an early, 2-0 lead with unassisted goals from Taylor and Blue, but UNH was able to get on the board to make it a one-goal game with 21:44 to play in the first half. BC quickly regained the momentum, scoring four unanswered goals before the half expired to take a 5-1 advantage into the break.
BC struck first coming out of halftime, as Taylor found Blue open in front of the net. Laura Puccia retaliated for the Wildcats by converting on a free-position shot, making it a 6-2 game with 21:45 remaining.
Igoe found the back of the net to tally her 60th point of the season and spark the Eagles' second, 4-0 run of the game, putting BC on top, 10-2, with less than seven minutes to go.
UNH would not go silently, stringing together four consecutive goals to cut the BC buffer to four, but Taylor scored with five seconds remaining to seal an 11-6 victory for the Eagles.
IN THE POLLS
In the preseason polls, Boston College ranks No. 18 in the deBeer Women's Media Poll and No. 20 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.
Last year the Eagles rose as high as No. 8 in the deBeer Women's Media Poll and No. 13 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.
In the final polls for 2012, BC finished at No. 19 in the IWLCA Poll and at No. 20 in the RPI.
The Eagles will feature four captains in 2013 -- seniors Brooke Blue, Jessie Coffield, Ali Meagher, and junior Cali Ceglarski.
Blue has appeared in 54 games (48 starts) for BC in her career and has notched 151 points (117 goals and 34 assists). Last season the Bethesda, Md., native recorded 38 goals and 10 assists.
Coffield has made 41 appearances for the Eagles in her career. In 2012, the Alexandria, Va., resident started 16 of 17 games played while picking up 20 ground balls.
Meagher has seen action in 49 games (25 starts) since arriving at The Heights and has totaled 28 ground balls in her career.
Ceglarki joins the trio after playing in 18 games and making seven starts a season ago. As a freshman the Darien, Conn., native saw time in 15 games.
THEY'RE ONLY SOPHOMORES
Sophomores Covie Stanwick and Mikaela Rix take to the field in 2013 coming off stellar freshman campaigns.
Stanwick became the first BC player to earn ACC Rookie of the Year honors while garnering All-ACC and IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team accolades in 2012.
The Baltimore, Md., native set the BC freshman record for assists in a season with 27 helpers -- good for tops on the team and third in the ACC -- and tied BC's freshman record for points in a season (55).
Rix also took home All-ACC and IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team honors a season ago.
The Garden City, N.Y., resident finished second on the team and fifth in the ACC with 2.53 goals per game on 43 total goals in 2012.
The two stood as the only two freshmen named to the All-ACC Team last season and became the first rookies from BC to earn such plaudits.
This preseason, each was recognized on ILWomen's All-American Third Team.
KATE KNOWS ... LACROSSE
Junior Kate McCarthy -- who has started in 48 career games for the BC soccer team -- made her first appearance on the lacrosse field last season with great success.
The former Loomis Chaffee School standout started in all 18 games last year for the Eagles finishing tied for second on the team in ground balls (24) and third in draw controls (27).
McCarthy represents BC's leading returning player in both categories.
The Eagles also feature another dual-sport athlete in junior Jackie Young. Young, a member of BC's ice hockey team, will join the lacrosse program as a goalkeeper once the hockey season is complete.
MAKING THEIR DEBUTS
First-year head coach Acacia Walker will make her debut as a head coach. Walker spent the past two seasons as BC's associate head coach.
Assistant coach Alex Frank enters her first year with the Eagles. A 2012 graduate of Northwestern, Frank won three NCAA titles with the Wildcats.
The Eagles welcome nine newcomers in 2013 -- junior Jackie Young, sophomore Bridget Harrop and freshmen Molly Erdle, Kara Magley, Sarah Mannelly, Caroline Margolis, Kate Rich, Kathryn Riley, and Emily Zlevor.
IN THE CREASE
Sophomore Emily Mata enters the 2013 season as BC's starter in net after splitting time last season with Catherine Conway.
Last year, Mata played in 15 games with 10 starts in over 532 minutes. The Severna Park, Md., native tallied a 0.412 save percentage ranking fourth in the ACC while posting a 10.93 goals against average.
RETURNING IN 2013 - BY THE NUMBERS
Boston College brings back 16 letterwinners and eight starters from last year's 10-8 (1-4 ACC) squad.
The Eagles welcome back three of their top four leading point scorers from last season in sophomore Covie Stanwick, senior Brooke Blue, and sophomore Mikaela Rix.
BC returns 56 percent of its goals (129 out of 230), 59 percent of its assists (48 out of 81), 57 percent of its points (177 out of 311), and 55 percent of its shots (282 out of 510) from 2012.
The team also brings back 50 percent of its ground balls (130 out of 262), 45 percent of its draw controls (117 out of 263), and 45 percent of its caused turnovers (49 out of 109).
A LOOK AHEAD
Boston College hosts Vanderbilt in its home opener on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Newton Campus Lacrosse Field.
The Eagles and Commodores met for the first time last season with Vanderbilt taking a 13-12 win on March 7 in Nashville, Tenn.