March 26, 2013
BC HOSTS SYRACUSE
Boston College hosts No. 5/6 Syracuse on Wednesday at 4 p.m. on the Newton Campus Lacrosse Field in Newton, Mass.
The Eagles enter the game having split their last two decisions in a 12-9 win over Boston University on March 20 and a 19-11 loss at North Carolina on March 23.
Tewaaraton award candidate Covie Stanwick currently leads the ACC with 3.56 goals per game while fellow sophomore Mikaela Rix ranks third in the conference with 2.78 goals per game.
Syracuse comes into Wednesday with a 4-2 overall record and a 1-0 mark in the Big East. The Orange's two losses this year have come against Maryland and Florida -- the two teams currently ranked first and second, respectively, in both polls.
Alyssa Murray leads Syracuse with 17 goals and 26 points.
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The Last Meeting
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SERIES HISTORY WITH THE ORANGE
Boston College has yet to defeat Syracuse in nine all-time meetings between the two schools. The Eagles are 0-5 at home and 0-4 on the road against the Orange.
Last year's matchup marked the first time the two teams had played since the 2005 season -- BC's last year in the Big East.
BC's closest loss to the Orange came in a 14-10 home loss on April 18, 2004.
SCOUTING THE ORANGE
Syracuse enters the game with a 4-2 record including wins over then-No. 8 Virginia, 10-9, on Feb. 24 and at then-No. 16 Towson, 10-3, on March 9.
The Orange's two losses this season came against Maryland, 19-11, on Feb. 17 and Florida, 14-10, on March 2. The Terrapins and Gators are currently ranked first and second, respectively, in both polls.
Alyssa Murray paces Syracuse with 17 goals and 26 points. Last year, Murray set a school record with eight goals in the game against Boston College.
Becca Block leads the Orange in draw controls (24), ground balls (20), and caused turnovers (16).
In its Big East opener, Syracuse defeated Connecticut, 18-7, on Friday in the Carrier Dome. The Orange has won three of its last four.
STANWICK NEARING 100 CAREER POINTS
Sophomore Covie Stanwick - a member of the Tewaaraton Award Watch List - enters Wednesday with 96 career points (60 goals, 36 assists) in 27 career games.
Stanwick comes into this week ranked sixth in the nation in goals per game and 15th nationally in points per game. She ranks first in the ACC with 3.56 goals per game and ranks second in the ACC with 4.56 points per game.
On the season the Baltimore, Md., native paces BC with 41 points, 32 goals, and nine assists. She has scored three or more goals in eight of BC's nine games.
Stanwick has already surpassed her goal total of 28 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 freshmen in program history to earn such plaudits.
In 2013, Rix ranks second on the team with 25 goals and stands at third in the ACC with 2.78 goals per game.
The Garden City High School product matched a career high with five goals against both No. 3 North Carolina (3/23) and Boston University (3/20) and set a career high with six points against the Tar Heels.
Rix leads the team with 31 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 fourth in the ACC with 3.44 draw controls per game helping BC rank 13th nationally in draw controls per game (14.0).
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 nine games this year and has made six 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 four 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, but Stanwick has amassed 96 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 games): 125 goals, 35 assists, 160 points
Mikaela Rix (26): 68-6-74
Covie Stanwick (27): 60-36-96
Moira Barry (46): 53-16-69
STANWICK LEADS ACC IN GOALS PER GAME
Sophomore Covie Stanwick leads the ACC with 3.56 goals per game and has scored at least three goals in eight of BC's nine games this season while recording at least three points in all of BC's games.
She has scored four or more goals in each of four games, listed below:
Holy Cross (Feb. 16): 6 goals, 3 assists, 9 points
Northwestern (Mar. 6): 4-0-4
Virginia Tech (Mar. 9): 4-1-5
North Carolina (Mar. 23): 4-2-6
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.
In 2013, McCarthy leads the ACC with 1.38 caused turnovers per game. She has picked up 13 ground balls - good for second on the team - and won 13 draw controls.
The Eagles also feature another dual-sport athlete in junior Jackie Young. Young, a member of BC's ice hockey team - which advanced to the Frozen Four - joined the lacrosse program full-time as a goalkeeper on March 25.
MORE JUNIORS MAKING PLAYS
Junior Moira Barry has scored seven goals this season and has also posted four assists and 15 draw controls, ranking second on the team.
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 ranks tied for second on the team with nine caused turnovers. She has also picked up 10 ground balls this season after recording eight ground balls in her first two seasons combined.
Both Barry and O'Connell have started in all nine of BC's games.
Junior defender 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 stans second on 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). Erdle has started in all nine games for BC.
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 holds a 4-5 record while recording 5.44 saves per game and a 12.11 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
After Syracuse, Boston College plays its next two games at home against Virginia (3/30) and Duke (4/6) to conclude its ACC schedule.
Each team is currently ranked in the top 10 of both major polls.
BC is 1-10 all-time against Virginia and 0-11 all-time against Duke.
After those two contests, the Eagles play three games on the road in a five-day span with matchups at New Hampshire (4/10), Vermont (4/12), and Brown (4/14).