March 5, 2013
BC HEADS TO EVANSTON TO FACE NORTHWESTERN
No. -/20 Boston College travels to Evanston, Ill. to face No. 4/4 Northwestern on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET on Lakeside Field.
The Eagles enter the game with a record of 2-2 having won their first two games of the year before dropping their last two decisions.
Sophomore Covie Stanwick leads BC with 20 points, 14 goals, and six assists.
Northwestern comes into Wednesday's game with a record of 3-1 with its only loss an 11-8 defeat at then-No. 5 North Carolina.
The Wildcats have defeated Massachusetts (16-4), Southern California (18-5), and Vanderbilt (15-8) this season.
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The Last Meeting
May 14, 2011
Eagles Fall to No. 2 Northwestern
The historic season for the Boston College women's lacrosse team came to an end Saturday, at the hands of No.2 Northwestern, 11-8 in the first round of the NCAA tournament
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THE LAST NORTHWESTERN MEETING
No. 15 Boston College lost to No. 2 Northwestern, 11-8, in its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill., on May 14, 2011.
In a rainy, windy first-round matchup, Brittany Wilton led the Eagles with three goals while Kristin Igoe recorded two goals and an assist, and goalkeeper Sheila Serafino made six saves.
Brooke Blue, Sam Taylor, and Kathereine Caufield each scored once for BC.
Shannon Smith paced the Wildcats with five goals, and current BC assistant coach Alex Frank registered a goal and four draw controls.
Northwestern scored the game's first four goals -- including a tally from Frank -- before Igoe got BC on the board with 10:10 left in the first half.
After a goal from NU's Smith, BC's Taylor and Blue found the net to bring the Eagles within 5-3 with 37 seconds left in the opening period.
Smith scored again with nine seconds left in the first to give Northwestern a 6-3 halftime lead.
Smith opened the second half's scoring before Igoe and Wilton each connected on shots to trim the Wildcats' margin to 7-5 with 23:15 to play.
NU's Kelly Rich -- the older sister of BC freshman Kate Rich -- scored less than two minutes later to push the lead back to 8-5.
After Wilton scored her second goal, the Wildcats scored two goals 40 seconds apart to stake a 10-6 edge with 18:16 remaining.
The Eagles pulled within 10-8 off tallies from Caufield and Igoe but could not score over the last 8:16 as NU added one more goal at 1:56 for the final margin.
SERIES HISTORY WITH NORTHWESTERN
Wednesday's game will mark only the third meeting between the two teams with the series currently tied at 1-1. Besides 2011's meeting, the Eagles defeated the Wildcats, 8-1, on April 18, 1992 in a home game.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Northwestern enters the game with a 3-1 overall record and a mark of 1-0 in the American Lacrosse Conference
The Wildcats lead the country with 17.25 draw controls per game while Alyssa Leonard ranks second nationally with 9.25 draw controls per game.
Leonard and Amanda Macaluso are tied for the team lead with 12 points apiece.
Goalkeeper Bridget Biano ranks seventh in the nation in goals against avgerage (6.4).
CONNECTIONS FROM LOGAN TO O'HARE
Boston College head coach Acacia Walker served as an assistant coach at Northwestern from 2006-08 helping lead the Wildcats to national titles in each of her three seasons.
Boston College assistant coach Alex Frank played at NU from 2009-12, earning three national titles during her time in Evanston. Frank's sister, Meredith, played for the Wildcats from 2006-09.
Freshman Kate Rich's sister, Kelly, is currently a junior at Northwestern.
NU head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller -- a native of Hingham, Mass., and graduate of Thayer Academy (Braintree, Mass.) -- has recruited her home state throughout her time at NU. The Wildcats carry six players from the Bay State on their 2013 roster.
IN THE POLLS
The Eagles fell from No. 15 to No. 20 in the deBeer Women's Media Poll released on March 4. BC is unranked in the March 5 edition of the IWLCA Coaches Poll.
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.
STANWICK NAMED TO TEWAARATON WATCH LIST
Sophomore Covie Stanwick has earned a spot on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List announced on Feb. 22.
Stanwick currently ranks 20th in the nation and second in the ACC with 3.50 goals per game. She ranks 17th nationally and tied for second in the ACC with 5.00 points per game.
On the season the Baltimore, Md., native leads BC with 20 points and 14 goals. She has registered at least three points in each of BC's four games.
She set new career highs with six goals and nine points in BC's season opener at Holy Cross. The nine points and six goals sit as the second best performance from a player in the ACC this season in both categories.
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.
Stanwick 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 COMPLETES SUPER-SOPHOMORE DUO
Last season sophomores Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick represented the only two freshmen to earn All-ACC honors and became the first freshman in program history to earn such plaudits.
Thus far in 2013, Rix has taken a team-high 36 shots and leads the team with 11 draww controls. She ranks second on the team with 10 goals, and her 2.50 goals per game place her tied for eighth in the ACC.
She has scored at least two goals in each of BC's games.
In 2012, she also took home IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team honors.
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 last season.
The Eagles will feature four captains in 2013 -- seniors Brooke Blue, Jessie Coffield, Ali Meagher, and junior Cali Ceglarski.
Blue has scored eight goals so far this season for the Eagles to tie for third on the team. She has scored at least one goal in each game this year. Last season the Bethesda, Md., native recorded 38 goals and 10 assists.
Coffield has made 41 appearances for the Eagles in the her first three seasons. In 2012, the Alexandria, Va., resident started 16 of 17 games played while picking up 20 ground balls.
Meagher has played in all four games this year and started in the game against UConn. She caused three turnovers at Ohio State.
So far in 2013, Ceglarski has tallied three assists. Against UConn, the Darien, Conn., native caused three turnovers and won three draws.
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 ACC and ranks ninth nationally with 2.67 caused turnovers per game. She paces with eight caused turnovers -- causing four each in games against Vanderbilt and Ohio State.
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 three goals this season and has also posted two assists and eight draw controls.
A native of Framingham, Mass., Barry won five draws in the home opener against Vanderbilt.
Classmate Kara O'Connell ranks second on BC and in the ACC with 1.75 caused turnovers per game while fellow defender and classmate Claire Blohm has won eight draw controls on the year.
All three have started each of BC's first four games.
NEW TO THE SCENE
In her first two collegiate games freshman Sarah Mannelly scored four goals and added five assists.
The New Canaan, Conn., resident ranks second on the team with five assists.
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 at Holy Cross while classmate Emily Zlevor started at Ohio State.
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 2-2 with 20 saves and a .312 save percentage.
Last year, Mata played in 15 games with 10 starts in over 532 minutes. The Severna Park, Md., native tallied a .412 save percentage ranking fourth in the ACC while posting a 10.93 goals against average.
A LOOK AHEAD
Boston College remains on the road for its ACC opener at Virginia Tech on Saturday, March 9 at noon.
Virginia Tech currently owns a 3-3 (0-1 ACC) record. The Hokies have won three of their last four after falling to Duke and High Point to open the season.
The Hokies have beaten Davidson, Coastal Carolina, and Mount St. Mary's in 2013.
BC holds an 8-4 edge in the all-time series against Virginia Tech. BC is 2-3 in games played in Blacksburg, Va.
Last season the Eagles beat the Hokies, 17-10, on March 10 on the Newton Field.