April 17, 2013
NO. 18/15 BC MEETS HARVARD FOR 22ND TIME
No. 18/15 Boston College plays Harvard for the 22nd time on Wednesday at 4 p.m. on the Newton Campus Lacrosse Field in Newton, Mass.
The Eagles have played the Crimson 21 times -- more than any other opponent -- in program history.
BC enters the game on a five-game winning streak including two wins over ACC opponents and three wins over non-conference New England foes.
Six wins marks the program's longest winning streak, a mark set by BC's teams in 2011 and 2010.
Sophomore Tewaaraton Award candidate Covie Stanwick leads the Eagles with 45 goals and 64 points. Those marks rank third in BC's all-time single-season goals and points lists.
Classmate and fellow Tewaaraton watch list member, Mikaela Rix leads BC with 53 draw controls ranking tied for fifth for draw controls in a season in program history.
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SERIES HISTORY WITH THE CRIMSON
Boston College has played Harvard 21 times -- more than any other opponent -- and has amassed a 7-14 record in those meetings. The two teams have played every year since 1992.
The Eagles have won six of the last nine matchups with the Crimson dating back to 2004.
BC is 4-9 at home and 3-5 on the road all-time against Harvard.
Harvard comes into Wednesday's game with a 2-9 overall record and a 1-4 mark in Ivy League play. The Crimson has lost its last five contests -- all on the road.
Captain Micaela Cyr leads the Crimson with 37 points, 26 goals, and 11 assists. Audrey Todd ranks second on the team with 26 points while Alexis Nicolia stands second on the squad with 21 goals.
Cyr also paces the team with 26 ground balls while Kyleigh Keating leads Harvard with 40 draw controls.
Melanie Cook (343 minutes), Annie Meyjes (197), and Jenn Hatfield (118) have split time in net this season for the Crimson.
IN THE POLLS
The Eagles check in at No. 18 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll moving up from last week's No. 19 ranking.
BC ranks 15th in this week's deBeer Women's Media Poll climbing two spots from its No. 17 position last week.
In the NCAA's first edition of the RPI rankings released on April 8, Boston College comes in at No. 17.
STANWICK LEADING IN SOPHOMORE CAMPAIGN
Sophomore Tewaaraton watch list member, Covie Stanwick comes into this week ranked second in the ACC in goals per game (3.00) and points per game (4.27) while ranking fourth in assists per game (1.27). She is one of only two players in the league to rank in the top five in all three categories.
On the season the Baltimore, Md., native paces BC with 64 points, 45 goals, and 19 assists. She has scored three or more goals in 10 of BC's 15 games and has scored four or more goals in each of five contests.
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.
COVIE CLOSING IN ON RECORDS
Sophomore attacker Covie Stanwick's 45 goals this season place her tied for third for goals in a season in program history, and her 64 points this season put her in sole possession of third place on BC's points in a season list.
Here's where Stanwick ranks in both categories:
Goals in a Season
1. Lauren Costello (2010) - 52 goals
2. Kristin Igoe (2012) -- 49
3. Covie Stanwick (2013) -- 45
3. Susie Breaznell (2005) -- 45
Points in a Season
1. Lauren Costello (2010) - 91 points
2. Lauren Miller (2002) - 76
3. Covie Stanwick (2013) - 64
4. Kristin Igoe (2011) - 62
RIX ANCHORS MIDFIELD
Sophomore Mikaela Rix has anchored the Boston College midfield this season ranking second on the team with 36 goals and 41 points while leading the team with 53 draw controls and 24 ground balls.
Her 53 draw controls on the year currently rank tied for fifth for draw controls in a season in program history. She had 39 draw controls last spring.
Among ACC leaders she ranks seventh in goals per game, fourth in draw controls per game, and sixth in ground balls per game.
She recently gained a spot on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List on April 11.
The Garden City, N.Y., product 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 No. 6 Duke on April 6.
She has scored four or more goals in a game for the three times this season and recorded seven hat tricks on the year.
The Garden City High School product matched a career high with five goals against both No. 3 UNC (3/23) and BU (3/20) and set a career high with six points at UNC.
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.
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 9-6 record while recording 5.93 saves per game (2nd in the ACC) and an 11.83 GAA. 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 34 points and 26 goals on the year.
The New Canaan, Conn., resident has scored four goals in a game twice and has scored three or more goals in each of seven games.
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 fourth in the ACC in caused turnovers per game (1.21). On the year, she has caused 17 turnovers, picked up 23 ground balls, and won 26 draw controls.
Against UNH (4/10), she scored four goals -- her first multi-goal performance.
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 15 goals this season and has also posted seven assists and 18 draw controls.
A native of Framingham, Mass., Barry scored a season-high four goals in the win at Vermont (4/12). She won five draws in the home opener against Vanderbilt (2/20).
Classmate Kara O'Connell ranks second on the team with 13 caused turnovers. She has also picked up 19 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 11 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 15 games this year and has made 12 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 11 goals and five assists for 16 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 concludes its regular season when it hosts Canisius on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Newtono Field. Prior to the game, BC will hold a Senior Day ceremony.
The Eagles will then compete in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Championship on Thursday, April 25 at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C.