April 5, 2013
BC HOSTS NO. 6/5 DUKE IN ACC FINALE
Boston College hosts No. 6/5 Duke on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Newton Campus Lacrosse Field in the team's fourth straight game against a top-10 opponent.
The Eagles come into the contest off a 10-7 win over No. 9/10 Virginia on March 30.
Prior to the UVA game, the family of Welles Crowther `99 - a former BC men's lacrosse player and 9/11 hero - honored senior Ali Meagher with a No. 19 jersey, the number Crowther wore as a player.
For their performances in the win, sophomore goalie Emily Mata won ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors, and freshman Sarah Mannelly earned WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week accolades.
Sophomore Tewaaraton Award candidate Covie Stanwick continues to lead the Eagles in points (50), goals (36), and assists (14).
Duke enters the game with a 9-2 overall record and 2-2 mark in ACC play including three wins over ranked opponents.
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SERIES HISTORY WITH THE BLUE DEVILS
Boston College holds a 0-11 all-time record against Duke. The Eagles are 0-5 at home, 0-4 on the road, and 0-2 at neutral sites against the Blue Devils.
BC has come within one goal of the Blue Devils three times - last season on April 7 at Duke, on April 10, 2010 at Duke, and on March 7, 1997 also at Duke. BC lost 12-11 in the two most recent contests and fell 7-6 in 1997.
The last time BC hosted Duke at the Newton Campus Field, the Eagles lost 14-11 on April 9, 2011.
Duke enters Saturday with an overall record of 9-2 and a 2-2 mark against ACC foes. The Blue Devils have defeated three ranked opponents this season.
In their most recent outing, the Blue Devils fell to No. 3 North Carolina in overtime, 12-11, on March 28.
Duke's only two losses have come against the two teams currently ranked No. 1 and 2 in both major polls - No. 2 UNC and No. 1 Maryland.
Sophomore Kerrin Maurer leads Duke in points (46) and assists (21) while senior Makenzie Hommel paces the team with 31 goals.
Junior Tewaaraton Award candidate Taylor Virden ranks first on the team in both draw controls (33) and ground balls (22).
Freshman Kelsey Duryea (396 minutes) and senior Kaitlin Gaiss (270 mins) have split time in goal this season replacing 2012 All-ACC performer and current BC volunteer assistant coach Mollie Mackler.
MATA CAPTURES ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore goalie Emily Mata captured ACC Defensive Player of the Week accolades after recording 20 saves and a .455 save percentage in a win over Virginia (3/30) and a loss to Syracuse (3/27).
Against UVA she made nine saves and held the Cavaliers to 2 of 6 on free position shots. She stopped a season-high 11 shots against Syracuse.
Mata holds a 4-6 record while recording 6.00 saves per game and a 12.60 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.
MANNELLY EARNS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONORS
Freshman Sarah Mannelly earned WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week honors for her three-goal performance in BC's win over Virginia (3/30).
Mannelly ranks third on the team with 24 points and 17 goals on the year.
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).
The 2012 Connecticut Player of the Year, Mannelly also earned all-state honors in soccer and basketball during her high school career.
A number of other first-year players have also made an impact for the Eagles this season. 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 11 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).
THE MAN IN THE RED BANDANNA
BC held its second annual Red Bandanna Game against Virginia (3/3) with a pre-game ceremony honoring the family of Welles Remy Crowther `99. Senior Ali Meagher wore No. 19 during the game in his memory.
Crowther, a former BC men's lacrosse player, lost his life while helping others to saftey during the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The team wore red bandannas in homage to Crowther's trademark clothing item which he wore while assisting others on September 11.
Last year, Boston College dedicated its game against California to the memory of Crowther, and Catherine Conway, now an assistant coach at Manhattan College, wore Crowther's No. 19 during the game.
The team also volunteered at the eighth annual Welles Remy Crowther Red Bandanna Run this past fall. The 5k is held in October each year in memory of Crowther.
STANWICK SURPASSES 100 CAREER POINTS
Against Syracuse (3/27), sophomore Covie Stanwick - a member of the Tewaaraton Award watch list - surpassed 100 career points in her 28th game played.
She became the 13th player in program history to record 100 points. Only Lauren Miller (1999-2002) reached the milestone in fewer games (26) at BC.
Stanwick comes into this week ranked ninth in the nation in goals per game (3.27) and 10th nationally in points per game (4.55). She entered the week second in the ACC in both goals and points per game.
On the season the Baltimore, Md., native paces BC with 50 points, 36 goals, and 14 assists. She has scored three or more goals in nine of BC's 11 games.
Stanwick has surpassed her goal total of 28 from last season.
She set new career highs with six goals and nine points at Holy Cross (2/16).
Against both No. 4 Northwestern (3/6) and Virginia Tech (3/9), the Notre Dame Prep product scored a team-best four goals. She had a game-high seven points against Syracuse (3/27).
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 28 goals and came into the week at sixth in the ACC in 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 35 draw controls and 21 ground balls. She has surpassed her freshman totals for both draw controls (21) and ground balls (14).
She entered the week fourth in the ACC in ground balls per game (1.91) and fifth in the conference in draw controls per game (3.18).
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.
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 and Stanwick have also compiled 100 points in their careers. Stanwick reached the milestone in the game against Syracuse (3/27).
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 played): 125 goals, 35 assists, 160 points
Mikaela Rix (28): 71-6-77
Covie Stanwick (29): 64-41-105
Moira Barry (48): 56-18-74
KATE KNOWS ... LACROSSE
Junior Kate McCarthy -- who has started in 48 career games for the BC soccer team -- has continued to find success in her second season with the lacrosse program.
McCarthy entered the week as the ACC leader in caused turnovers per game (1.40). On the year, she has caused 14 turnovers, picked up 14 ground balls, and won 16 draw controls.
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.
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 this past seasono - joined the lacrosse program full-time as a goalkeeper on March 25.
MORE JUNIORS MAKING PLAYS
Junior Moira Barry has scored 10 goals this season and has also posted six assists and 15 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. She has recorded five points (three goals, two assists) in her last two games.
Classmate Kara O'Connell ranks tied for second on the team with 10 caused turnovers. She has also picked up 14 ground balls this season after recording eight ground balls in her first two seasons combined.
Both Barry and O'Connell have started in all 11 of BC's games.
Junior defender Claire Blohm has won 11 draw controls and picked up 10 ground balls on the year.
The Eagles will feature four captains in 2013 -- seniors Brooke Blue, Jessie Coffield, and Ali Meagher as well as 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 11 games this year and has made eight starts. Prior to the game against Virginia (3/30) she received the No. 19 jersey in honor of former BC men's lacrosse player and 9/11 hero, Welles Crowther `99.
So far in 2013, Ceglarski has tallied seven goals and four assists for 11 points after recording 12 points in her first two seasons combined. Against Syracuse (3/27), she scored a career-high three goals on three shots.
STANWICK SECOND IN ACC IN GOALS PER GAME
Sophomore Covie Stanwick entered this week ranked second in the ACC and ninth in the NCAA in goals per game (3.27). She has scored at least three goals in nine of BC's 11 games this season while recording at least two 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
A LOOK AHEAD
After its game with Duke, Boston College plays three non-conference road games in a five-day span with contests at New Hampshire (4/10), at Vermont (4/12), and at Brown (4/14).