2014 Boston College Lacrosse Outlook
Dec. 19, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.- Head coach Acacia Walker enters her second year at the helm of the Boston College women's lacrosse program, looking to bring the Eagles back to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row
After spending 2011 and 2012 as BC's associate head coach, Walker took over the top position in 2013 with a roster returning 21 players and 11 starters from last year's 12-8 campaign and the second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. The Eagles also welcome 8 newcomers to the program.
"This year will be a great test for the team. We have incredible leadership and more importantly, devoted players," said Walker. "We will continue to focus on conditioning and mental toughness throughout the season. We play against some of the best teams in the nation and in order to compete against them we have to improve in many ways. I am proud of the team's focus thus far and expect to see more devotion come preseason. We have high standards for our girls and we will be testing them in new ways this year. I know that they will work tirelessly to improve and become the best team we can be."
The Eagles welcome back five players- Moira Barry, Brooke Blue, Kara Magley, Kelly McNelis, Kate Rich, and Covie Stanwick- who carry an abundance of experience at the attack position. They also welcome two newcomers, Laura Frankenfield and Kate Weeks.
Stanwick serves as the Eagles' leader on attack. She has great poise and finishes when it counts. The Baltimore, Md., product started all 20 games as a sophomore and set BC's single-season goals record with 65 goals. She earned All-ACC and ACC All-Tournament team as well as IWCLA All-Northeast Region First Team and IWLCA All-America Second Team accolades.
Blue enters her final campaign as a grad student and second-year captain in 2013. She has played in 58 career games for the Eagles and missed last season due to knee injury. The Bethesda, Md., native has recorded 160 points in her career on 125 goals and 35 assists.
Barry enters her final season as captain. A native of Framingham, Mass., Barry played in 19 games and made 16 starts last season. She finished the year with 20 goals, seven assists, and 21 draw controls.
Also at attack, BC returns senior McNelis and sophomores Rich and Magley. McNelis saw action in four games last season. The Millersville, Md., native had a great fall season and will be able to contribute on the offensive end this spring. Rich appeared in 19 games in 2013 and Magley appeared in 15 contests and will look to be an offensive spark off the bench as she was last season.
Boston College returns five players- Cali Ceglarski, Mikaela Rix, Caroline Margolis, Sarah Mannelly, and Carly Weilminster- with experience in the midfield. The Eagles also welcome newcomers Tess Chandler, Mary Kate O'Neill, and Kayla O'Connor- who all saw playing time this fall, as well as walk-on addition Sheila Hill.
Ceglarski enters her senior campaign as one of three captains and a leader in the midfield. The Darien, Conn., native played in 19 games last season, making 17 starts. She totaled 12 goals, six assists, 28 draw controls, and nine ground balls on the year.
Rix started all 20 games in 2013. She was named a Tewaaraton Award Nominee, captured IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team and IWLCA All-America Second Team accolades, and earned All-ACC honors.
Mannelly had a breakout freshman campaign last season, and looks to do the same in 2014. She played in 20 games last season, making 19 starts. A product of New Canaan, Conn., she led the team with five game-winning goals and finished second on the team with 12 assists and third with 34 goals and 46 points. She earned WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week honors for the week of March 25-31.
Margolis also enters her sophomore season and is expected to be more of an offensive threat. She played in 20 games last season, made 19 starts, and totaled 16 draw controls, 11 ground balls, six goals, and two assists on the year.
Weilminster is expected to be a strong contributor in the midfield during her senior campaign. She played in 18 games, making four starts and totaled four goals, four draw controls and two ground balls on the year.
The Eagles boast a veteran group on defense this season.
Senior Claire Blohm, serves as a leader on the defensive end and continues to be a huge presence for the Eagles. She played in 19 games, making 10 starts and compiled 21 ground balls, 16 draw controls, and 11 caused turnovers on the year.
Kara O'Connell had a great junior season and will continue to be a force on defense throughout her senior campaign. She started all 20 games last season and ranked second on the team with 15 caused turnovers and third with 25 draw controls.
Senior Kate McCarthy played more of a midfield role last season, but her quick and instinctual playing style will give her more time on the defensive end this season. She played in 19 games and made 18 starts last season. The Longmeadow, Mass., native earned IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Team accolades in 2013 and ranked first on the team with 31 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers.
Juniors Stephanie Sabatini and Rachel Igoe will both make an impact on the defensive end this season. Sabatini played in 17 games last season and made 13 starts. She compiled seven ground balls and three caused turnovers on the year. Igoe is returning after suffering a knee injury and her speed will be a vital contribution to the Eagles defense.
Sophomores Molly Erdle and Emily Zlevor both saw significant playing time last season and will do the same this year. Erdle garnered ESPN Top-25 Defender accolades as a senior in high school and played in all 20 games her freshman campaign, making 17 starts. The Lone Tree, Colo., product earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the week of April 1-7. Zlevor played more of a midfield position last season but will transition to the defensive end this year. She played in four contests last year and started in two.
Lauren Bronson enters her junior campaign looking to be more of a contributor on the defensive end. The Glastonbury, Conn., native played in two contests last season and recorded first collegiate ground ball and caused turnover at Ohio State.
Newcomers (2): Zoe Ochoa, Lindsay Reder
Junior Emily Mata will take over in goal this season after sitting out in the fall due to injury. Last year, the Severna Park, Md., native started all 20 games and played 1,201 of a 1,206 possible minutes. She also totaled 117 saves on the year.
Boston College will play a 17-game regular season schedule which includes eight games against teams that made last year's NCAA Tournament.
"We are lucky to be able to compete against such strong teams this year," said Walker. "Although we do not look beyond our first game against Notre Dame, every game will be a test of our mental strength and physical capabilities. I know the girls on the squad are looking forward to an extremely challenging schedule and it's up to all of us to make sure we prepare properly for each opponent."
The Eagles will play three of last year's Final Four participants including defending National Champion North Carolina (March 22), runner-up Maryland (March 29) and Syracuse (Feb. 26) who lost in the semi-finals.
Boston College opens the season in South Bend, Ind., in a conference match-up against Notre Dame on Feb. 15 before hosting the University of New Hampshire on Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. in the team's home opener. The Eagles will then host Ohio State on Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. and conference opponent Syracuse on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.
The month of March features seven games beginning with UConn, who made an appearance in the 2013 NCAA Tournament on March 1 at 1 p.m.
The Eagles play five games in April in addition to playing host to the 2014 ACC Tournament at Newton Lacrosse Field on April 24 through April 27.
Boston College concludes their regular season with a rivalry match-up against Boston University on May 3 in Boston, Mass.