Feb. 19, 2013
BC HOSTS VANDERBILT IN HOME OPENER
Boston College hosts Vanderbilt in its 2013 home opener at the Newton Lacrosse Field in Newton, Mass., at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Eagles enter the game coming off a 17-8 win at Holy Cross in their season opener in Worcester, Mass., on Saturday.
Last season, Vanderbilt held on for a 13-12 victory over BC in the first-ever meeting between the two schools on March 7, 2012 in Nashville, Tenn.
The Commodores bring a 1-2 record into Wednesday's game having dropped contests to Jacksonville (15-7) and Denver (10-9) in between a 22-3 win over Kennesaw State.
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The Last Meeting
March 7, 2012
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SERIES HISTORY WITH THE COMMODORES
Last season's matchup marked the first all-time meeting between Boston College and Vanderbilt.
Wednesday's game will represent the Commodores' first trip to Newton.
SCOUTING THE COMMODORES
Vanderbilt has started the season 1-2 overall and has not yet played a game against an American Lacrosse Conference opponent.
The Commodores fell at Jacksonville, 15-7, in their season opener on Feb. 3.
VU then won its home opener against Kennesaw State, 22-3, on Feb. 10 before falling to Denver, 10-9, also in Nashville on Saturday.
Carly Linthicum leads Vanderbilt with 19 points on 15 goals and four assists.
Four other Commodores -- Kelly Chandler, Alex Kunowsky, Amanda Lockwood, and Abby Wheeler -- have scored five goals so far this season.
Chelsea Pasfield has received all three decisions in goal for Vanderbilt this year and carries an 11.20 goals against average into Wednesday's game
LAST TIME OUT -- EAGLES DEFEAT HOLY CROSS
Covie Stanwick set career highs with six goals and nine points to lead No. 20/18 Boston College past Holy Cross, 17-8, in its season opener at the Hart Turf Field in Worcester, Mass., on Saturday.
Sarah Mannelly recorded four goals and four assists in her collegiate debut, and senior Brooke Blue scored four goals for the Eagles.
Emily Mata made seven saves while Sarah Weber made eight saves for Holy Cross.
After a goal from Holy Cross early in the second half, Blue and Mannelly each scored to push BC's lead to 8-5 with 25:49 to play. Stanwick scored for the fourth time in between tallies from the Crusaders as BC maintained a 9-7 advantage with just under 20 minutes left.
The Eagles then scored three straight goals to earn a 12-7 edge with just over 15 minutes remaining. Mannelly posted her second and third goals of the game to start the run, and Moira Barry capped the run with a goal. Holy Cross answered with another goal, but the Eagles went on a 5-0 run to close the game with Stanwick and Blue each scoring twice during the streak.
The Eagles and Crusaders traded goals over the game's first six minutes with Blue getting BC on the board first off a feed from Stanwick.
BC then scored three straight goals to take a 4-1 edge with 12:11 left in the first half. Mikaela Rix tallied the first goal of the run moving left to right from just outside the arc. Stanwick then scored twice within a minute - wrapping around the net on the first and shooting from straight ahead on the second.
The Crusaders answered with three consecutive goals of their own, but the Eagles scored twice inside of the last minute to gain a 6-4 lead at the half. Stanwick converted off an assist from Mannelly with 20 seconds left, and Rix scored with 11 seconds left on a free position shot.
IN THE POLLS
The Eagles remain at No. 18 in the deBeer poll released on Feb. 18. The IWLCA unveils its first poll of the season on Feb. 25.
In the preseason polls, Boston College came in at No. 18 in the deBeer Women's Media Poll and at 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.
NEW TO THE SCENE
Freshman Sarah Mannelly registered four goals and four points in her collegiate debut against Holy Cross on Saturday.
In its preseason preview LaxMagazine.com tabbed the New Canaan, Conn., native as BC's "X-Factor."
The 2012 Connecticut Player of the Year, Mannelly also earned all-state honors in soccer and basketball during her high school career.
Fellow freshmen Kate Rich, Molly Erdle, and Caroline Margolis also made their first collegiate starts while classmate Emily Zlevor saw time off the bench.
The Eagles will feature four captains in 2013 -- seniors Brooke Blue, Jessie Coffield, Ali Meagher, and junior Cali Ceglarski.
Blue scored four goals in BC's season opener at Holy Cross on Saturday. 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 50 games (25 starts) since arriving at The Heights and has totaled 29 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 set new career highs with six goals and nine points in BC's season opener at Holy Cross on Saturday while Rix notched two first half goals before exiting with a second yellow card early in the second half.
In 2012, 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.
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) -- BC's leading returning player in both categories.
McCarthy started her 19th consecutive game for BC at Holy Cross on Saturday and came up with three draw controls in the game.
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.
IN THE CREASE
Sophomore Emily Mata enters the 2013 season as BC's starter in net after splitting time last season with Catherine Conway.
In the season opener at Holy Cross on Saturday, Mata made seven saves on 15 shots (.467). She made five saves in the first half -- with all of those stops occuring while BC held just a one-goal lead.
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.
A LOOK AHEAD
Boston College next takes on Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
The game will mark the first meeting between the two schools in women's lacrosse.
The Buckeyes lost their season opener at Louisville, 12-11, on Feb. 16.