March 22, 2013
BC TRAVELS TO NORTH CAROLINA
Boston College travels to No. 3/3 North Carolina in its first road ACC matchup of the season on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com.
The Eagles enter the game having won two of their last three contests including a 12-9 victory over BU on Wednesday in their most recent outing.
Tewaaraton award candidate Covie Stanwick leads the Eagles with 35 points, 28 goals, and seven assists. She has scored at least three goals in seven of BC's eight games this season.
UNC comes into Saturday with an 8-1 overall record and a 1-0 mark in the ACC having beaten Virginia 8-7 on March 9. The Tar Heels have won eight in a row, most recently beating Cornell, 11-10, on Wednesday.
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The Last Meeting
March 24, 2012
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SERIES HISTORY WITH UNC
Boston College carries a 1-8 all-time record against North Carolina into Saturday's meeting. The Eagles are 0-5 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Tar Heels have won the last five meetings between the two schools.
BC's lone win in the series came in a 5-4 double-overtime home victory over the Tar Heels on March 29, 2008.
Last year's 9-8 loss was the closest BC has come in a loss to UNC.
SCOUTING THE TAR HEELS
North Carolina carries an 8-1 overall record and a 1-0 mark in the ACC into Saturday's matchup.
The Tar Heels own a 6-1 record vs. ranked opponents this season including top-10 wins over Northwestern (2/22), Virginia (3/9), Georgetown (3/16), and Cornell (3/20).
UNC is 4-1 in games decided by 1-3 goals.
Kara Cannizzaro leads the Tar Heels with 23 goals and 28 points. She won ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors on March 12.
Abbey Friend ranks second on the team and is the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Week after earning the accolade for the second time this season on March 19.
In goal, Lauren Maksym has recorded a 5.99 goals against average and a .493 save percentage. She won ACC Defensive Player of the Week on March 5.
STANWICK A TEWAARATON CANDIDATE
Sophomore Covie Stanwick has earned a spot on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List announced on Feb. 22.
Stanwick entered this week ranked 11th in the nation in goals per game and 20th nationally in points per game. She ranks first in the ACC with 3.50 goals per game and ranks third in the ACC with 4.38 points per game.
On the season the Baltimore, Md., native paces BC with 35 points, 28 goals, and seven assists. She has scored three or more goals in seven of BC's eight games.
Stanwick has already matched her goal total from last season.
She set new career highs with six goals and nine points in BC's season opener at Holy Cross.
Against both No. 4 Northwestern (3/6) and Virginia Tech (3/9), the Notre Dame Prep product 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 ranks second on the team with 20 goals and sits at eighth in the ACC with 2.50 goals per game.
The Garden City High School product matched a career high with five goals against Boston University (3/20).
Rix leads the team with 24 draw controls and 17 ground balls. She has already surpassed her freshman totals for draw controls (21) and ground balls (14).
She ranks tied for third in the ACC with 2.12 ground balls per game and ranks fifth in the league with 3.00 draw controls per game.
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 eight games this year and has made five starts. She caused three turnovers at Ohio State (2/23) and picked up two ground balls against Northwestern (3/6).
So far in 2013, Ceglarski has tallied three goals and four assists. Against UConn (2/27), the Darien, Conn., native caused three turnovers and won three draws.
50 GOALS, 100 POINTS
Four Boston College players - senior Brooke Blue, junior Moira Barry, and sophomores Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick - have scored at least 50 goals in their careers.
Blue is the only current member of the team with at least 100 career points while Stanwick has amassed 90 points in her career to date.
On BC's career lists, Blue ranks seventh in goals (125), seventh in points (160), and tied for 11th in assists (35).
BC's players with at least 50 career goals are listed below:
Brooke Blue (58 GP): 125 goals, 35 assists, 160 points
Mikaela Rix (25): 63-5-68
Covie Stanwick (26): 56-34-90
Moira Barry (45): 53-16-69
STANWICK HAT TRICKS
Sophomore Covie Stanwick has scored at least three goals in seven of BC's eight games this season and has recorded at least three points in all of BC's games.
Her seven games with hat tricks are listed below:
Holy Cross (Feb. 16): 6 goals, 3 assists, 9 points
Vanderbilt (Feb. 20): 3-1-4
Ohio State (Feb. 23): 3-0-3
Northwestern (Mar. 6): 4-0-4
Virginia Tech (Mar. 9): 4-1-5
Maryland (Mar. 16): 3-0-3
Boston Univ. (Mar. 20): 3-0-3
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) -- representing BC's top returning player in both categories.
So far in 2013, McCarthy leads the ACC with 1.57 caused turnovers per game. She has picked up 12 ground balls - good for second on the team - and won 10 draw controls.
The Eagles also feature another dual-sport athlete in junior Jackie Young. Young, a member of BC's ice hockey team - which has advanced to the Frozen Four - will join the lacrosse program as a goalkeeper once the hockey season is complete.
MORE JUNIORS MAKING PLAYS
Junior Moira Barry has scored seven goals this season and has also posted four assists and 13 draw controls.
A native of Framingham, Mass., Barry won five draws in the home opener against Vanderbilt (2/20) while registering a goal and two assists. Against BU (3/20), she won four draws and scored a goal.
Classmate Kara O'Connell entered the week ranked third in the ACC in caused turnovers per game. She has also picked up nine ground balls this season after recording eight ground balls in her first two seasons combined.
Both Barry and O'Connell have started in all eight of BC's games.
Fellow defender and classmate Claire Blohm has won nine draw controls and picked up seven ground balls on the year.
NEW TO THE SCENE
Freshman Sarah Mannelly ranks third on the team with 13 goals and 20 points.
The New Canaan, Conn., resident recorded four goals against both Holy Cross (2/16) and Vanderbilt (2/20) and scored three times against BU (3/20).
She is tied for the team lead with seven 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 (2/16) while classmate Emily Zlevor started at Ohio State (2/23).
Rich scored her first collegiate goal against Vanderbilt (2/20) before scoring twice at Northwestern (3/6). Margolis posted her first career tally at Virginia Tech (3/9).
IN THE CREASE
Sophomore Emily Mata represents BC's full-time starter in net after splitting time last season with Catherine Conway.
Mata has opened the season 4-4 recording 5.13 saves per game and an 11.25 goals against average. She has played every minute in goal for BC this season.
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
Next, Boston College plays Syracuse - currently ranked in the top 10 of both major polls - on March 27 at 4 p.m. on the Newton Field.
The Eagles are 0-9 all-time against the Orange. SU took a 23-12 win in last year's meeting on February 21, 2012 in Syracuse, N.Y.
The game marks the beginning of a three-game home stand for the Eagles who will host Virginia (3/30) and Duke (4/6) after playing Syracuse.
Both the Cavaliers and Blue Devils are currently ranked in the top 10 of both polls.