No. 5 Boston College Hosts No. 1 North Carolina
March 21, 2014
BOSTON COLLEGE HOSTS NORTH CAROLINA IN TOP-FIVE MATCHUP
Coming off a road win over Canisius College, No. 5 Boston College hosts No. 1 North Carolina in a top-five matchup on Saturday, March 22 at 1 p.m.
The Eagles are coming off of a four game winning streak and a program best 7-1 start.
North Carolina is coming off of a 13 game winning streak dating back to the NCAA Tournament last season.
The Tar Heels enter the contest with a 9-0 record and a mark of 2-0 in the ACC.
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RED BANDANNA GAME
On Saturday, BC will honor the memory of Welles Crowther, a 1999 BC graduate and former men's lacrosse player, who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001 while assisting others to safety.
The Eagles will also honor former women's lacrosse player Stacey Sennas McGowan, who also lost her life in the September 11 attacks.
The Crowther and Sennas families will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony.
SERIES HISTORY WITH THE TARHEELS
North Carolina holds a 10-1 all-time record against Boston College heading into Saturday's contest.
The Eagles have lost the last seven meetings between the two schools. Last year, UNC beat Boston College 19-11 in the regular season and 16-6 in the ACC Tournament semifinals. Both of those games were played in Chapel Hill.
BC's lone victory in the series came in a 5-4 double-overtime home victory over the Tar Heels on March 29, 2008.
LAST MEETING WITH NORTH CAROLINA
In the last outing on March 23, 2013, BC dropped to North Carolina, 19-11, at Fetzger Field in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Mikaela Rix led the Eagles with five goals.
Stanwick posted four goals while McCarthy and Ceglarski added goals for BC.
The Tar Heels scored the game's first seven goals to take a 7-0 lead just over 15 minutes into the contest.
Rix posted BC's first goal of the game as she moved from the left side of the arc to center and fired a shot to the back of the net making the score, 7-1, with 12:43 to play in the half.
After another UNC goal, Stanwick scored for the Eagles wrapping around the goal to her right and cutting the Tar Heels' edge to 8-2 with 6:30 left in the first.
UNC scored four of the opening period's last five goals to take a 12-3 lead into the break with McCarthy tallying BC's goal during that stretch.
North Carolina scored the second half's first four goals before Rix received a pass from Stanwick and attacked the net from left to right to cut UNC's lead to 16-4 with 18:45 left. Stanwick scored two of the game's next three goals after using a similar wrap-around move on both shots to bring BC within 17-6 with just over 14 minutes to play.
After two UNC goals, the Eagles scored five unanswered goals to close the game. During the run, Rix scored three times while Stanwick and Ceglarski each scored once.
IN THE POLLS
Boston College lacrosse has been tabbed No. 5 in the recent IWCLA Poll.
This is the first time in program history that the Eagles have been ranked in the top 5.
The Eagles entered the preseason sitting 13th, but slowly climbed up the charts after their 7-1 start.
Boston College's only loss this season came against No. 2/3 Syracuse on February 26.
The last time BC was ranked in the top 10 was in 2011 when it finished the regular season as the 9th-ranked team. The Eagles earned their first NCAA Tournament bid in program history that same season.
Boston College has started the 2014 season with a 7-1 record, matching the best start in program history.
The 2006 team started 7-1 as well.
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Stanwick, a native of Baltimore, Md., has recorded 33 points on 17 goals and 16 assists through BC's first eight games. She was also named one of six finalists for ILWomen.com's 2014 Player of the Year.
Rix, a product of Garden City, N.Y., has registered 31 points on a team-best 24 goals and seven assists.