March 8, 2013
BC CONTINUES ROAD TRIP AT VIRGINIA TECH
Boston College concludes a two-game road trip in its ACC opener at Virginia Tech on Saturday at noon on Thompson Field in Blacksburg, Va.
The Eagles opened the season 2-0 but have lost their last three contests falling to two ranked opponents -- then-No. 13 Ohio State and then-No. 4 Northwestern -- during the stretch.
Tewaaraton award candidate Covie Stanwick leads BC with 18 goals and 24 points. She has recorded at least two goals and three points in each of BC's five games.
Virginia Tech comes into the game with a 3-3 (0-1 ACC) record. The Hokies have won three of their last four games. Their conference loss came at the hands of then-No. 7 Duke in the team's season opener.
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The Last Meeting
March 10, 2012
No. 18/13 Lacrosse Soars Past VA Tech, 17-10
No. 18/13 Boston College (4-2, 1-0 ACC) used a 9-2 first-half run to earn a decisive, 17-10 victory against Virginia Tech (4-3, 0-1 ACC) on Saturday afternoon in the squad's first Atlantic Coast Conference matchup of the season.
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SERIES HISTORY WITH VIRGINIA TECH
Boston College leads Virginia Tech in the all-time series 8-4. BC holds a 5-1 mark and 2-3 record on the road against the Hokies in addition to a neutral-site win.
The last time the Eagles traveled to Blacksburg, they lost 12-11 on March 12, 2011.
BC has won three of the last four meetings with the Hokies including a 17-3 win in the ACC Championship on April 21, 2011.
SCOUTING THE HOKIES
Virginia Tech enters the game with a 3-3 (0-1 ACC record). The Hokies have won three of their last four games.
The Hokies hold victories over Davidson (12-8), Coastal Carolina (18-8), and Mount St. Mary's (13-4). VT's conference loss came to then-No. 7 Duke (19-7) on Feb. 8.
Megan Will leads the team with 18 points and 14 goals while Brooke Martin has scored 12 goals.
Alex Gale has seen the majority of time in goal for the Hokies posting a 9.33 goals against average and 35 saves in six games.
STANWICK NAMED TO TEWAARATON WATCH LIST
Sophomore Covie Stanwick has earned a spot on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List announced on Feb. 22.
Stanwick entered the week ranked 20th in the nation and second in the ACC in goals per game and ranked 17th nationally and tied for second in the ACC in points per game.
On the season the Baltimore, Md., native leads BC with 24 points and 18 goals. She has registered at least three points and two goals in each of BC's five 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.
Against No. 4 Northwestern, she scored a team-best four goals.
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 42 shots and leads the team with 13 draw controls. She ranks second on the team with 12 goals and entered the week tied for eighth in the ACC in goals per game.
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 Ceglaski.
Blue has scored eight goals so far this season for the Eagles to tie for third on the team. 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 five games this year and has made two starts. She caused three turnovers at Ohio State.
So far in 2013, Ceglarski has tallied three assists and two goals. 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 entered the week first in the ACC and ninth nationally in caused turnovers per game. She is tied for the team lead 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 four 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 entered the week second in the ACC in caused turnovers per game. She is tied for the team lead with eight caused turnovers. Fellow defender and classmate Claire Blohm has won nine draw controls on the year.
All three have started in every game this year for BC.
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 is tied for the team lead with six assists and has recorded 14 points so far in her rookie campaign.
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 2-3 with 25 saves and a .291 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 plays five of its next six games at home beginning with a game against Maryland in its ACC home opener on Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m. on the Newton Field.
The Eagles are 0-9 all-time against the Terrapins. Maryland is currently ranked No. 1 in both polls and is undefeated at 6-0.
After Maryland, BC hosts BU (3/20), Syracuse (3/27), Virginia (3/30), and Duke (4/6) with a road date at North Carolina (3/23) representing its only away game during that stretch.