March 15, 2013
BC HOSTS TOP-RANKED MARYLAND
Boston College hosts No. 1/1 Maryland in its ACC home opener on Saturday at the Newton Campus Lacrosse Field in Newton, Mass.
The Eagles enter the game coming off a 15-7 win over Virginia Tech in the team's first ACC contest.
Tewaaraton award candidate and Baltimore, Md., product Covie Stanwick scored four goals in the win over the Hokies and ranks second in the ACC and 11th in the nation with 3.67 goals per game.
First-year head coach Acacia Walker (Maryland `05) will face her alma mater as a head coach for the first time on Saturday.
BC carries five players on its roster who hail from the state of Maryland in Stanwick, Brooke Blue, Kelly McNelis, Carly Weilminster, and Emily Mata.
Maryland comes into the weekend as the top-ranked team in both the IWLCA and deBeer Women's Media polls with an undefeated mark of 7-0 (2-0 ACC).
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SERIES HISTORY WITH MARYLAND
The Eagles have yet to defeat the Terrapins in nine all-time meetings. BC's closest encounter with the Terps came in a 7-6 loss on March 20, 2010 in College Park, Md.
Saturday's game will mark the fourth time Maryland has traveled to Newton.
In 2011, the Eagles lost to the Terrapins twice -- the first a 20-9 loss in Newton on March 20 and the second an 8-5 defeat in the ACC Championship quarterfinals in Cary, N.C., on April 22.
SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS
Maryland stands as one of seven remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I women's lacrosse at 7-0 (2-0 ACC) and as the nation's top scoring offense (17.86).
The Terrapins have defeated four teams currently ranked in the top 10 of the IWLCA Coaches Poll in No. 5 Syracuse (19-11 on Feb. 17), No. 6 Duke (15-6 on Feb. 24), No. 7 Penn State (20-10 on March 9), and No. 9 Virginia (18-10 on March 1).
Senior Alex Aust, a 2012 All-ACC performer, ranks first in the NCAA in points per game (7.29) and sixth in the nation in goals per game (3.86). She leads the ACC in both categories and has earned conference offensive player of the week honors in each of the last two weeks.
2012 Tewaaraton award winner Katie Schwarzmann ranks third in the ACC in goals per game (2.71) and fourth in points per game (3.86).
Both Aust and Schwarzmann as well as Kelly McPartland and Iliana Sanza garnered Tewaaraton award watch list recognitin for the Terrapins this season.
STANWICK A TEWAARATON CANDIDATE
Sophomore Covie Stanwick earned a spot on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List announced on Feb. 22.
Stanwick entered the week ranked 11th in the nation and second in the ACC in goals per game (3.67) and ranked 16th nationally and third in the ACC in points per game (4.83).
On the season the Baltimore, Md., native leads BC with 29 points and 22 goals. She has scored three or more goals in five of BC's six games this year.
She set new career highs with six goals and nine points in BC's season opener at Holy Cross. The six goals sit as the second-best single-game goal scoring total from a player in the ACC this season.
Against both No. 4 Northwestern (3/6) and Virginia Tech (3/9) 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 46 shots and leads the team with 18 draw controls and 14 ground balls. She ranks second on the team with 15 goals and entered the week tied for ninth in the ACC in goals per game (2.50).
She has scored at three goals in three of BC's last four 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 in 2013. 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.
Meagher has played in all six games this year and has made three starts. She caused three turnovers at Ohio State and picked up two ground balls against Northwestern.
So far in 2013, Ceglarski has tallied three goals and three assists. Against UConn, the Darien, Conn., native caused three turnovers and won three draws. She has scored a goal in each o BC's last three games.
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 has caused an ACC-leading 1.80 turnovers per game, picked up nine ground balls, and won nine draw controls.
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 five goals this season and has also posted four assists and nine draw controls.
A native of Framingham, Mass., Barry won five draws in the home opener against Vanderbilt while registering a goal and two assists.
Classmate Kara O'Connell entered the week tied for fourth in the ACC with 1.33 caused turnovers per game. Fellow defender and classmate Claire Blohm has won nine draw controls and picked up six ground balls on the year.
All three have played 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 second on the team lead with six assists and has recorded 15 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 3-3 with 28 saves and a .292 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 four of its next five games at home after the Maryland game.
BC hosts Boston University (3/20) then travels to North Carolina (3/23) before returning home to play Syracuse (3/27), Virginia (3/30), and Duke (4/6).
The Eagles are 5-8 all-time against Boston University, but BC has won the last three meetings against the Terriers. The two teams have met every year since the 2004 season.