May 9, 2013
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NO. 19/14 BC PLAYS IN NCAA FIRST ROUND
No. 19/14 Boston College will take on No. -/17 Dartmouth in the first round of the NCAA Championship on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at SU Soccer Field on the campus of host and No. 4 seed Syracuse University.
The Eagles enter the game with a 12-7 overall mark matching the school record for wins in a season. BC also earned a school-best three ACC wins in 2013.
Sophomores Covie Stanwick and Mikaela Rix, both All-ACC performers for the second time in as many seasons, lead the Eagles in the program's second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
Stanwick set BC's single-season goals record this year with 60 goals and also leads the team with 22 assists and 82 points. Rix leads BC with 67 draw controls.
BC played eight of the NCAA Tournament's 26 teams during the regular season including five matchups against the top four seeds. BC went 3-6 in those games.
The winner will advance to face No. 4 Syracuse on Sunday at 3 p.m. also at SU Soccer Stadium. BC lost to SU 17-12 earlier this year on March 27 in Newton, Mass.
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The Last Meeting
May 2, 2007
Women's Lacrosse Falls To Big Green, 13-9
The Boston College Eagles fell to the Dartmouth women's lacrosse team, 13-9, in Hanover on Wednesday evening. The Eagles outscored the Big Green, 8-5, in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome a seven-goal halftime deficit. They fall to 5-11 on the season.
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THE SERIES HISTORY WITH THE BIG GREEN
Boston College holds a 0-18 all-time mark against Dartmouth dating back to 1985. BC is 0-7 all-time at home against the Big Green and 0-11 in road matchups.
The two teams will meet at a neutral site for the first time on Friday.
The Eagles and Big Green last met in 2007. Since the year 2000, the two schools have only met on the lacrosse field three timess.
BC has come within one goal of Dartmouth on three occasions in 1987, 1989, and 1991. In 1989's meeting the Eagles lost in double overtime, and in 1987's matchup, BC fell in a single overtime.
Dartmouth enters the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 10-7 and a 5-2 mark in the Ivy League.
The Big Green advanced to the championship game of the Ivy League tournament before falling to Penn, 10-7, on May 5. Dartmouth beat Princeton, 11-10, in double overtime in the semifinals to reach the final game.
BC and Dartmouth shared seven common opponents during the 2013 season in Brown, BU, Duke, Harvard, Maryland, UNH, and UVM. BC went 6-1 against the group while Dartmouth finished 4-3 against them.
Hana Bowers leads the team with 63 goals, 48 points, and 15 assists. Liz Calby ranks second on the team in all three categories with 35 goals, 15 assists, and 50 points.
Kelsey Johnson paces the squad with 35 ground balls while Courtney Bennett leads the Big Green with 52 draw controls.
Kristen Giovanniello has started all 17 games in goal for Dartmouth recording a 9.89 GAA and a .410 save percentage.
THE LAST NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE
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No. 15 Boston College lost to No. 2 Northwestern, 11-8, in its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill., on May 14, 2011.
In a rainy, windy first-round matchup, Brittany Wilton led the Eagles with three goals while Kristin Igoe recorded two goals and an assist, and goalkeeper Sheila Serafino made six saves.
THE EAGLES IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Boston College has made one previous appearance in the NCAA Championship. The Eagles lost to second-seeded Northwestern, 11-8, in the first round of the 2011 tournment at the Evanston, Ill., campus of the Wildcats.
BC carries four players -- Moira Barry, Brooke Blue, Jessie Coffield, and Ali Meagher -- on its roster who saw action in the game.
In addition to those four players, the Eagles also retain five other players from the 2011 roster in Claire Blohm, Cali Ceglarski, Kelly McNelis, Kara O'Connell, and Carly Weilminster.
First-year head coach Acacia Walker will make her debut as a head coach in the NCAA Tournament but will take part in the championship for the 11th time in the last 12 years as either a player or coach.
Assistant coach Alex Frank will make her fifth consecutive appearance in the tournament, her first as a coach. As a player at Northwestern, she won titles in 2009, 2011, and 2012 with a second-place finish in 2010.
IN THE POLLS
The Eagles check in at No. 19 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll marking their fifth consecutive week in the poll.
BC ranks 14th in this week's deBeer Women's Media Poll moving up one spot from last week's No. 15 ranking.
In the NCAA's selection edition of the RPI rankings released on May 5, Boston College came in at No. 9. The Eagles held the No. 7 strength of schedule in the nation based on the average RPI of a team's top-10 opponents faced.
LAST TIME OUT -- BC FALLS TO NORTH CAROLINA
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Sophomore Covie Stanwick scored a team-high three goals, but third-seeded Boston College fell to second-seeded North Carolina, 16-6, in the semifinals of the ACC Championship from Fetzer Field on the Chapel Hill campus of UNC on April 26.
Sophomore Mikaela Rix recorded a goal and an assist to reach 100 points in her career. Freshman Sarah Mannelly also posted a goal and an assist, and junior Moira Barry scored a goal.
2013 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
Boston College set school records in 2013 with three ACC wins and with an eight-game winning streak from March 30 to April 25.
The team has matched the program record for wins in a season (12) and will play 20 games in a season for the first time as a program.
The winning 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 team beat Virginia Tech on March 9 in its ACC opener.
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 both earned spots on the 2013 All-ACC Team and on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List. Stanwick set a new school record for goals in a season (60), and Rix earned Tewaaraton Nominee status. Each player recorded her 100th career point during the season.
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 April's bombings at the Boston Marathon, carrying an American flag onto the field prior to the game against Canisius on April 21.
COVIE LEADING IN SOPHOMORE CAMPAIGN
Sophomore two-time All-ACC performer, Covie Stanwick finished the regular season tied for first in the ACC in goals per game (3.16) and second in points per game (4.32) while ranking fourth in assists per game (1.16). She is one of only three players in the league to rank in the top five in all three categories.
On the season the Baltimore, Md., native paces BC with 82 points, 60 goals, and 22 assists. She has scored three or more goals in 13 of BC's 19 games and has scored four or more goals in each of seven contests.
Against Syracuse (3/27), she surpassed 100 career points in her 28th game played.
A two-time IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team selection, 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 scored a career-high six goals against both Harvard (4/17) and Holy Cross (2/16) and posted five goals against Virginia Tech (4/25) in the ACC Championship.
She earned a spot on the ACC All-Tournament Team with eight goals at the event.
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.
STANWICK SETTING RECORDS
Sophomore attacker Covie Stanwick's 60 goals this season place her first for goals in a season in program history, and her 82 points this year put her in second place on BC's points in a season list. She set the goals record vs. Virginia Tech on April 25.
RIX ANCHORS MIDFIELD
Sophomore Mikaela Rix has anchored the Boston College midfield this season ranking second on the team with 46 goals and 54 points while leading the team with 67 draw controls. Last year she had 43 goals, 46 points, and 39 draw controls.
Her 67 draw controls on the year currently rank fourth for draw controls in a season in program history. The Eagles rank 17th nationally entering the week in draws/gm.
Among ACC leaders, she finished the regular season seventh in goals/game (2.42), fourth in draw controls/game (3.53), and 10th in points/game (2.84).
She gained spots on the All-ACC Team, Tewaaraton Nominee list, and IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team.
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.
MANNELLY MAKING INSTANT IMPACT
Freshman Sarah Mannelly ranks third on BC with 45 points and 33 goals and second with 12 assists on the year. She leads the ACC with five game-winning goals.
Four of her five game-winning goals have come in games decided by 1-3 goals. She scored the decisive tallies against both Virginia (3/30) and Duke (4/6).
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).
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.
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, an IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Team player, finished the regular season fifth in the ACC in ground balls per game (1.67) and fourth in the leauge in caused turnovers per game (1.22). On the year, she has picked up 30 ground balls, caused 22 turnovers, and won 37 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 recording 24 ground balls and 27 draw controls.
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 19 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 15 caused turnovers. She has also picked up 24 ground balls this season after recording eight ground balls in her first two seasons combined.
Junior defender Claire Blohm has won 16 draw controls and picked up 18 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.
On the year, Erdle has recorded 18 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.
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 12-7 record while recording 6.00 saves per game (3rd in the ACC) and an 11.26 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.
100 POINTS, 50 GOALS
Three Boston College players - senior Brooke Blue and sophomores Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick - have recorded at least 100 points in their careers. Stanwick reached the milestone in the game against Syracuse (3/27) while Rix broke the barrier against North Carolina (4/26) in the ACC Championship.
All three have also scored at least 50 goals, as has junior Moira Barry.
THE WINNING STREAK
Boston College went on an eight-game winning streak, a school record, from 3/30 to 4/6. BC's 2011 and 2010 teams held the previous record with six-game streaks.
During the streak, BC 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 took home wins over Harvard (4/17) and Canisius (4/21). The final victory came in the team's ACC quarterfinal win over Virginia Tech (4/25).
Sophomore Covie Stanwick led the team with 22 goals, nine assists, and 31 points during the eight-game span.
Classmate Mikaela Rix led the team with 30 draw controls and ranked second on the team with 19 goals during the streak. Freshman Sarah Mannelly scored 18 goals and caused six turnovers during the run.
Junior Kate McCarthy picked up a team-high 16 ground balls and caused a team-best eight turnovers to go with 10 goals and 19 draw controls.
Goalie Emily Mata played every minute in goal during the streak, recording a 9.01 GAA, a .387 save percentage, and 5.75 saves per game.