April 23, 2013
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NO. 3 BC PLAYS NO. 6 VIRGINIA TECH IN ACC QUARTERS
Third-seeded Boston College will face sixth-seeded Virginia Tech in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Championship on Thursday at approximately 3 p.m. from Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The game will be broadcast live on RSN (NESN in New England) and on ESPN3 online with Mike Hogewood (play-by-play) and Leah Secondo (color) on the call.
Earlier this season, the Eagles beat the Hokies, 15-7, in their ACC opener at Thompson Field in Blacksburg, Va., on March 9.
The Eagles enter the game on a seven-game winning streak -- the longest such streak in program history.
Sophomore Tewaaraton Award candidate Covie Stanwick leads the Eagles with 52 goals, 22 assists, and 74 points this season. She needs just one more goal to set BC's single-season goals record.
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Sophomore Covie Stanwick tallied four goals and an assist to lead No. -/20 Boston College past Virginia Tech, 15-7, in its ACC opener at Thompson Field in Blacksburg, Va., on Saturday afternoon.
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2013 REGULAR SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
Boston College enters the 2013 ACC Championship on a seven-game winning streak -- the longest such streak in program history.
The streak began with back-to-back victories over top-10 opponents -- a 10-7 win over then-No. 9 Virginia on March 30 and a 10-9 win over then-No. 6 Duke on April 6. Both games took place at BC's Newton Campus Lacrosse Field.
BC beat the Cavaliers for the second time in program history and defeated the Blue Devils for the first time as a program. The victories gave BC three ACC wins on the year -- the most the school has ever accumulated in a single season.
The Eagles challenged themselves during the regular season, facing six top-10 opponents all in an eight-game span from March 6 to April 6. The Eagles emerged 2-4 in those top-10 matchups. BC played four of the RPI's top-5 teams during the stretch.
Sophomores Covie Stanwick and Mikaela Rix earned spots on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The 25 nominees for the award will be announced on Friday.
The team also reflected upon important days in our country's recent history. BC honored the memory of former BC men's lacrosse player and 9/11 hero Welles Crowther `99 in its Red Bandanna Game against Virginia on March 30 and also remembered the tragic events of this month's bombings at the Boston Marathon, carrying an American flag onto the field prior to the game against Canisius on April 21.
THE EAGLES IN THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Boston College and Virginia Tech have met once previously in the ACC Championship with the fourth-seeded Eagles taking a 17-3 win over the fifth-seeded Hokies on April 21, 2011 at Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
The win marked BC's first and only win in the tournament and set the record for largest win margin in a game (14) at the ACC Championship.
Overall, the Eagles hold a 1-7 all-time record in the tournament. BC is 0-2 against each Maryland, Virginia, and Duke and 0-1 against North Carolina.
BC fell to the Tar Heels, 12-8, in the two teams' only meeting in the championship on April 24, 2008 at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.
IN THE POLLS
The Eagles check in at No. 20 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll marking their third consecutive week in the poll.
BC ranks 14th in this week's deBeer Women's Media Poll climbing one spot from its No. 15 position last week.
In the NCAA's latest edition of the RPI rankings released on April 23, Boston College comes in at No. 12. The Eagles have the No. 7 strength of schedule in the nation based on the average RPI of a team's top-10 opponents faced.
THE WINNING STREAK
Boston College enters Thursday on a seven-game winning streak -- a school record. BC's 2011 and 2010 teams held the previous record with six-game streaks.
During the streak, BC has defeated two ACC opponents -- then-No. 9 Virginia (3/30) and then-No. 6 Duke (4/6) -- won road games at UNH (4/10), at Vermont (4/12), and at Brown (4/14), and taken home wins over Harvard (4/17) and Canisius (4/21).
Sophomore Covie Stanwick leads the team with 17 goals, nine assists, and 24 points during the seven-game span.
Classmate Mikaela Rix leads the team with 30 draw controls and ties for the team lead with 17 goals during the streak. Freshman Sarah Mannelly has scored 16 goals and caused six turnovers during the run.
Junior Kate McCarthy has picked up a team-high 15 ground balls and team-best eight caused turnovers to go with 10 goals and 14 draw controls.
Goalie Emily Mata has played every minute in goal during the streak, recording a 9.15 GAA, a .381 save percentage, and 5.71 saves per game.
RIX ANCHORS MIDFIELD
Sophomore Mikaela Rix has anchored the Boston College midfield this season ranking second on the team with 43 goals and 48 points while leading the team with 64 draw controls. Last year she had 43 goals, 46 points, and 39 draw controls.
Her 64 draw controls on the year currently rank fourth for draw controls in a season in program history. The Eagles rank 15th nationally with 13.71 draws per game.
Among ACC leaders she ranks seventh in goals per game (2.53), third in draw controls per game (3.76), and eighth in ground balls per game (1.53).
She 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 four times this season and recorded nine 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.
STANWICK LEADING IN SOPHOMORE CAMPAIGN
Sophomore Tewaaraton watch list member, Covie Stanwick ranks second in the ACC in goals per game (3.06) and points per game (4.35) while ranking third in assists per game (1.29). 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 74 points, 52 goals, and 22 assists. She has scored three or more goals in 11 of BC's 17 games and has scored four or more goals in each of six 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 has scored a career-high six goals in games against both Harvard (4/17) and 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.
In 2012, she became the first BC player to earn ACC Freshman 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 52 goals this season place her in a tie for goals in a season in program history, and her 74 points this season put her in third place on BC's points in a season list.
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 39 points and 30 goals on the year. She leads the ACC with five game-winning goals.
The New Canaan, Conn., resident has scored four goals in a game twice this year and has scored three or more goals in each of eight 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 ranks second in the ACC in ground balls per game (1.81) and third in the leauge in caused turnovers per game (1.38). On the year, she has picked up 29 ground balls, caused 22 turnovers, and won 28 draw controls.
Against UNH (4/10), she scored four goals -- her first-ever 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 17 goals this season and has also posted seven assists and 19 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 14 caused turnovers. She has also picked up 21 ground balls this season after recording eight ground balls in her first two seasons combined.
Junior defender Claire Blohm has won 14 draw controls and picked up 14 ground balls on the year. She had one draw control and 12 ground balls in her first two years.
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 an 11-6 record while recording 5.88 saves per game (3rd in the ACC) and an 11.17 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.
The Eagles will feature four captains in 2013 -- seniors Brooke Blue, Jessie Coffield, and Ali Meagher as well as junior Cali Ceglarski.
Blue - now out for the season with a knee injury - scored eight goals in 2013. Last season, the Bethesda, Md., native recorded 38 goals and 10 assists.
Coffield - also out for the year - 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 17 games this year and has made 14 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 12 goals and five assists for 17 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.
THE MAN IN THE RED BANDANNA
BC held its second annual Red Bandanna Game against Virginia (3/30) 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.