Feb. 22, 2013
BC TRAVELS TO OHIO STATE
No. 20/18 Boston College travels to No. 13/- Ohio State to face the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the first ever meeting between the two schools.
The Eagles enter the game having won each of their first two contests. BC downed Holy Cross, 17-8, on Feb. 16 in its season debut and defeated Vanderbilt, 13-8, on Feb. 20 in its home opener.
Sophomore Covie Stanwick and freshman Sarah Mannelly lead the Eagles with 13 points each through BC's first two games.
Ohio State comes into the game with a 1-1 record earning a 21-8 win at William & Mary on Feb. 20 after falling 12-11 at Louisville on Feb. 16.
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SERIES HISTORY WITH OHIO STATE
Saturday's game marks the first meeting all-time between Boston College and Ohio State in women's lacrosse.
The Eagles have never faced a team from the state of Ohio.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State brings a 1-1 mark into Saturday's game.
The Buckeyes lost at Louisville, 12-11, in their season opener on Feb. 16 before beating William & Mary, 21-8, on Feb. 20 in Williamsburg, Va.
Junior Katie Chase leads OSU with 12 points on three goals and a team-high nine assists while classmate Cara Facchina ranks second on the team with 10 points on a team-best six goals and four assists.
Chase also leads the Buckeyes with nine draw controls, and sophomore Taylor Donahue paces OSU with seven ground balls.
In the preseason rankings, Ohio State came in at No. 13 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and at No. 20 in the deBeer Women's Media Poll.
LAST TIME OUT -- EAGLES DEFEAT VANDERBILT, 13-8
Recap | Final Stats | Box Score | Highlights
SEASON OPENER -- EAGLES DOWN HOLY CROSS, 17-8
Recap | Final Stats | Box Score
IN THE POLLS
The Eagles remain at No. 18 in the deBeer Women's Media Poll released on Feb. 18. The IWLCA Coaches Poll unveils its first in-season rankings 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 Poll and No. 13 in the IWLCA 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 has scored four goals in each of her first two collegiate games and has added five assists to tie for the team lead with 13 points.
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 made their first collegiate starts while classmate Emily Zlevor saw time off the bench at Holy Cross.
The Eagles will feature four captains in 2013 -- seniors Brooke Blue, Jessie Coffield, Ali Meagher, and junior Cali Ceglarski.
Blue has scored six goals so far this season for the Eagles. Last season the Bethesda, Md., native recorded 38 goals and 10 assists.
Coffield has made 41 appearances for the Eagles in the past three years. In 2012, the Alexandria, Va., resident started 16 of 17 games played while picking up 20 ground balls.
Meagher has seen action in 51 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 have picked up where they left off after stellar freshman campaigns.
Stanwick set new career highs with six goals and nine points in BC's season opener at Holy Cross and has tied for the team high with 13 points on the season.
Rix has scored four goals this year and is tied for the team lead with seven draw controls.
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.
Thus far in 2013, McCarthy leads the team with five ground balls while tying for the team lead with seven draw controls. She ranks second on the team with four caused turnovers.
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.
MORE JUNIORS MAKING PLAYS
Junior Moira Barry has scored four goals through the season's first two games and has also tied for the team high with seven draw controls.
A native of Framingham, Mass., Barry won five draws in the home opener against Vanderbilt.
Classmate Kara O'Connell paces the Eagles with five caused turnovers while fellow defender and classmate Claire Blohm has won six draw controls on the year.
All three have started each of BC's first two games.
IN THE CREASE
Sophomore Emily Mata enters the 2013 season as BC's starter in net after splitting time last season with Catherine Conway.
Mata has opened the season 2-0 with 11 saves and a .407 save percentage.