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Junior midfielder and Tewaaraton nominee Mikaela Rix leads the Eagles with 54 goals on the season.

Junior midfielder and Tewaaraton nominee Mikaela Rix leads the Eagles with 54 goals on the season.

May 8, 2014

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NO. 6 BC PLAYS BRYANT IN FIRST ROUND OF NCAA’S

• No. 5/6 Boston College will host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament at the Boston College Lacrosse Complex on Friday, May 9 and Sunday, May 11.

• The Eagles will play No. 41 Bryant in the second game of the day at 5 p.m. while the first game is No. 9 UMass vs. No. 10 Loyola (MD) at 2 p.m.

• The second round game will be Sunday, May 11 at 1 p.m.

THE EAGLES IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

• This is the second consecutive season the Eagles have earned an NCAA Tournament berth. It is the first time in program history that the Eagles will host tournament games.

• Second-year head coach Acacia Walker will participate in her second NCAA Tournament as a head coach but will take part in the tournament for the 12th time in the last 13 years as either a player or coach.

• Boston College finished the 2014 season with a 13-5 record and ranked fifth by the NCAA and the Brine Women’s Media Poll. The 13 victories is a new program high. Of the 18 opponents Boston College played this season, 14 opponents are ranked in the Top 50, while seven opponents are ranked in the Top 20 in the polls.

• The Eagles have made two previous appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In 2013, the Eagles lost at Dartmouth, 11-8, in a first round game on the road in New Hampshire. In 2011, BC lost to second-seeded Northwestern, 11-8, in a first-round matchup on the Wildcats’ Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.

SERIES HISTORY VS. THE BULLDOGS

• Boston College has played Bryant twice. The Eagles defeated Bryant, 20-4, in 2010. In the 2009 season, BC hosted Bryant and won, 15-2.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS

• Coming off of its first-ever Northeast Conference Tournament Championship, the Bryant University women’s lacrosse team will play #7 seed Boston College.

• This will be the first-ever NCAA Tournament berth for the Bulldogs.

• The Bulldogs completed their run through NEC play and the conference tournament Sunday afternoon with a 14-6 victory over Wagner. Sophomore attack Lauren Descalzo led Bryant with 10 goals and was also namedTournament MVP, while seniors Haley Bloom, Lisa Vendel, and Lindsay Langella rounded out the Bryant All-Tournament team selections.

• Bryant is led by senior attack Bloom who has 61 points this season on 38 goals and 23 assists. The Hauppauge, N.Y., product has also picked up 20 ground balls and caused six turnovers on the year.

• The midfield is led by senior Lisa Vendel with 46 goals and 11 assists on the season. She leads the team in ground balls with 47 and has caused 23 turnovers.

• The midfield is led by senior Lisa Vendel with 46 goals and 11 assists on the season. She leads the team in ground balls with 47 and has caused 23 turnovers.

• Senior goal keeper Brianna Watt has 126 saves on the season.

THE LAST MEETING

• The Boston College lacrosse team opened up its 2010 season with a 20-4 road win against Bryant on February 20, 2010, in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Brooke Blue paced the squad with five goals in her collegiate debut.

Kristin Igoe boosted the Eagles right out of the gate, netting the team’s first two goals of the season at 28:30 and 23:05 of the first half. After a quick Bryant score to make it 2-1, BC opened up the scoring by tallying seven of the next eight goals to take a 9-2 lead into halftime.

• BC continued its strong play in the second half, with Sam Taylor scoring to make it 10-2, just over 10 seconds into the frame. Hannah Alley managed to net her second score of the game at 21:33 with senior Lauren Costello adding three more goals to the stat-sheet.

Peyton Killeen and Mary Stinson and Jill Rekart aided in the team’s efforts as well with Killeen and Rekart notching two goals apiece and Stinson tallying the final goal of the game with 1:50 left to play in the contest.

Brooke Blue led the Eagles in scoring on the day as she tallied five goals in her first collegiate game, four of which came in the second half. Costello and Igoe also combined to lead BC in assists, with each student-athlete notching four helpers on the day.

THREE EAGLES EARN ALL-ACC HONORS

• Boston College juniors Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick and sophomore Sarah Mannelly have each earned a spot on the 2014 All-ACC Women’s Lacrosse Team, the conference announced on Wednesday 

• Rix and Stanwick earned honors the past two seasons. They represent two of four student-athletes to gain a third recognition. Mannelly is a first time honoree.

• Rix leads the Eagles with 54 goals and 57 draw controls. The Garden City, N.Y., native sits second on the team with 69 points.

• Stanwick paces the Eagles with 76 points, 42 goals, and 34 assists.

• Mannelly, an addition to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, serves as a primary component in the midfield. The New Canaan, Conn., product has 58 points on 43 goals and 15 assists this season. She is currently tied for first on the team with 13 caused turnovers and most recently inducted herself into the 100-point club.

TEWAARATON NOMINEES

•  Boston College juniors Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick have earned recognition as two of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award – collegiate lacrosse’s highest honor –the Tewaaraton Foundation announced April 25.

• Rix, Boston College’s leader in the midfield, earned All-ACC honors for the third straight season earlier in the week. The Garden City, N.Y., product leads the team in goals and sits third in the ACC with 54 on the season.

• Stanwick also garnered All-ACC honors for the third straight season. Her 71 points are a team high and rank third in the ACC. The Baltimore, Md., native also leads the conference and team in assists with 32.

• Five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced May 8 and invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony. The original men’s and women’s watch lists were announced Feb. 27, with additions made March 20 and April 10, and were ultimately comprised of 66 men’s players and 58 women’s players. The selection committees are comprised of 11 men’s and 11 women’s current and former coaches.

 

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