April 9, 2013
BC TRAVELS TO NEW HAMPSHIRE
Coming off back-to-back victories over top-10 opponents, Boston College travels to face New Hampshire on Memorial Field in Durham, N.H., on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
In their most recent outing, the Eagles defeated then-No. 6/5 Duke, 10-9, picking up BC's first victory over the Blue Devils in program history.
With the win, BC set a school high for ACC wins in a season (3) and re-entered the polls at No. 17 in the deBeer Women's Media Poll and No. 19 in the IWLCA Poll.
Sophomore Mikaela Rix earned WomensLax.com Player of the Week and ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors for her game-high four goals against Duke.
Freshman Molly Erdle gained ACC Defensive Player of the Week accolades for holding Duke's points leader, Kerrin Maurer, to zero points and no shots.
New Hampshire comes into the game with a 4-7 overall record and 1-2 mark in the America East. The Wildcats defeated Binghamton, 13-12, in their last time out.
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SERIES HISTORY WITH THE WILDCATS
Boston College owns a 6-9 all-time record against New Hampshire, but the Eagles have won the last three meetings between the two teams.
In the last three encounters, BC beat UNH at home on April 28, 2010 and May 1, 2012 and won on the road on April 29, 2011.
The two schools played one another in every year from 1992-2004 except for the 2003 season with the Wildcats winning nine of the 12 matchups during that period.
The Eagles are 4-4 at home and 2-5 on the road all-time against UNH.
The Wildcats (RPI No. 51) come into Wednesday's game with a 4-7 overall record and a 1-2 mark in America East play.
UNH picked up its first conference win with a 13-12 victory over Binghamton in its last outing on April 6. New Hampshire holds a 4-2 record in its last six games.
Jenny Simpson leads UNH with 32 goals and 36 points while Laura Puccia ranks second on the team with 22 goals. Laura McHoul paces the team with 23 assists and ranks second with 34 points.
Cori Rees ranks first on the squad with 24 ground balls. Puccia leads UNH with 33 draw controls.
IN THE POLLS
The Eagles check in at No. 19 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll making their first appearance in the poll since the organization's preseason rankings.
BC ranks 17th in this week's deBeer Women's Media Poll re-entering the poll for the first time since the ranking's March 4 edition.
In the NCAA's first edition of the RPI rankings released on April 8, Boston College comes in at No. 17.
RIX RECEIVES RECOGNITION
Sophomore Mikaela Rix earned ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week and WomensLax.com Player of the Week for her game-high four-goal performance in BC's 10-9 win over Duke on Saturday.
The Garden City, N.Y., product scored four or more goals in a game for the third time this season and recorded a hat trick for the sixth time this year.
Rix ranks second on the team with 32 goals and 35 points and came into the week at sixth in the ACC in goals per game (2.67).
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 39 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 fifth in the ACC in ground balls per game (1.75) and fifth in the conference in draw controls per game (3.25).
In 2012, she took home All-ACC and IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team honors. Rix finished second on the team and fifth in the ACC with 2.53 goals per game on 43 total goals last season.
ERDLE EARNS ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Freshman Molly Erdle earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week accolades on April 9 after holding Duke's points leader to zero points and no shots.
The Lone Tree, Colo., native marked Duke's Kerrin Maurer throughout the game and did not allow her to record a goal, assist, or shot.
She anchored a BC defense which held Duke to its second-lowest scoring total of the season and surrendered just six goals to the Blue Devils over the last 55 minutes.
STANWICK LEADING IN SOPHOMORE CAMPAIGN
Sophomore Tewaaraton watch list member, Covie Stanwick comes into this week ranked 12th in the nation in goals per game (3.17) and 21st nationally in points per game (4.33). She entered the week first in the ACC in goals and second in points per game.
On the season the Baltimore, Md., native paces BC with 52 points, 38 goals, and 14 assists. She has scored three or more goals in nine of BC's 12 games and has eclipsed her goal total of 28 from last season.
Against Syracuse (3/27), she 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.
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.
MATA CAPTURES ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore goalie Emily Mata captured ACC Defensive Player of the Week accolades on April 2 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 6-6 record while recording 5.92 saves per game and an 11.83 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 GAINS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONORS
Freshman Sarah Mannelly earned WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week honors on April 1 for her three-goal performance in BC's win over Virginia (3/30).
Mannelly ranks third on the team with 27 points and 20 goals on the year.
The New Canaan, Conn., resident recorded four goals against Holy Cross (2/16) and Vanderbilt (2/20) and scored three against BU (3/20), UVA (3/30), and Duke (4/6).
The 2012 Connecticut Player of the Year, Mannelly also earned all-state honors in soccer and basketball during her high school career.
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 ranked second in the ACC in caused turnovers per game (1.36). On the year, she has caused 16 turnovers, picked up 16 ground balls, and won 22 draw controls.
She set a career high with six draw controls in the win over Duke (4/6).
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 season - joined the lacrosse program full-time as a goalie 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 recorded two goals and an assist against Syracuse (3/27).
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.
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 12 games this year and has made nine 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 five assists for 12 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.
A LOOK AHEAD
Boston College remains on the road for games at Vermont on Friday and at Brown on Sunday.
The Eagles conclude their regular season with home contests against Harvard (4/17) and Canisius (4/20).