1996 In Review
September 1, 1996
Notre Dame 6, Boston College 0
(0-1, 0-1) After scoring three goals in the first half, the dominant Fighting Irish - top-ranked in BIG EAST preseason polls and No. 2 nationally - notched three more second-half tallies in a span of less than three minutes to take the victory at Shea Field. Notre Dame forward Amy VanLaecke tallied the teamıs first two goals of the contest. Irish goalkeepers Jen Renola and LaKeysia Beene combined for six saves in shutting out BC. For the Eagles, sophomore goalie Kerin Sikorski recorded 11 saves in 60 minutes of action.
September 7, 1996
Boston College 2, Villanova 1
(1-1, 1-1) Veteran forward Deidre Byrnes scored an unassisted goal with 14:45 left in the game, as BC evened its record with a road win over Villanova. The Wildcats struck first, taking a quick 1-0 advantage on a Molly Bushman goal nine minutes into the contest. The Eagles countered as senior striker April Parker scored just 30 seconds later. The game remained knotted at 1-1 until Byrnes struck late in the second half.
September 11, 1996
Boston College 8, Central Conn. 1
(2-1) Led by three goals from senior forward Jennifer Kelley, BC raced to an 8-0 halftime lead, and finished with an 8-1 non-conference victory. In addition to Kelleyıs performance, Kara Nance, Anne Schneider, and Kate Forgiano all put the ball in the Lady Blue Devil net. Megan Burns and Deidre Burns also found the scoring column, each notching assists. Rookie netminder Alice Lehne made four saves for the Eagles.
September 15, 1996
Boston College 3, Georgetown 0
(3-1, 2-1) April Parker and Kara Nance each scored first-half goals and sophomore Megan Burns added a second-half tally, as BC won its third straight with a road victory versus Georgetown. Kiera McKeon picked up the assist on Burnsı goal. Eagle netminder Kerin Sikorski made five saves to register the shutout. For her efforts, Sikorski was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.
September 20, 1996
Boston College 5, Buffalo 0
(4-1) The surging Eagles posted their fourth straight win and second straight shutout, defeating visiting non-conference foe Buffalo, 5-0, at Shea Field. April Parker opened the scoring and BC took a 1-0 halftime advantage. The Eagles then exploded for four more in the final 15 minutes of the second period. Kara Nance, off an assist from Kiera McKeon, began the scoring in the second half with a goal at the 75:15 mark. Kate Forgiano added another three minutes later, Janice Collein made it 4-0 with eight minutes remaining. A second goal from Nance in the final minute of play accounted for the final margin.
September 24, 1996
Harvard 4, Boston College 1
(4-2) The 19th-ranked Harvard Crimson used a first-half hat trick from junior midfielder Emily Stauffer to record a three-goal victory over visiting BC, ending the Eaglesı four-game winning streak. Kate Forgiano scored BCıs only goal, getting a shot by Crimson keeper Jennifer Burney in the 61st minute. Alice Lehne made 17 saves in the Eagle net.
September 27, 1996
Rutgers 2, Boston College 1
(4-3, 2-2) The host Scarlet Knights improved their record to 7-2 and handed BC its second consecutive defeat, scoring a goal in each half to topple the Eagles, 2-1. Deidre Byrnes gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead by blasting a shot past Scarlet Knight goalie Susan Curtis just 1:16 into the game. Scarlet Knight Uchenna Bright tied it up 21 minutes later, beating Eagle keeper Alice Lehne. Maggie Moyer provided the game-winner at 68:28.
September 29, 1996
St. Johnıs 1, Boston College 0
(4-4, 2-3) St. Johnıs midfielder Jen Contesini scored the gameıs only goal off an assist from Debbie Gately in the 37th minute, as the Red Storm dealt the Eagles their third straight loss. St. Johnıs outshot BC 15-2, with Leigh Cofran and Megan Burns contributing the Eagle shots. Alice Lehne made eight saves for the Eagles.
October 2, 1996
Boston College 4, Providence 1
(5-4, 3-3) The Eagles got back on the winning track with the three-goal triumph at Shea Field, dropping winless Providence to 0-11 overall, 0-6 in conference action. Sophomore Leigh Cofran gave BC an one-goal lead, scoring her first goal of the season in the 17th minute. Providenceıs Tara Largess answered seven minutes later, tying the game. April Parker struck at the 33:10 mark, and Alex Chamberlain and Megan Burns added second-half tallies. Val Daniel and Alice Lehne split time in the BC net, Daniel picking up the win.
October 5, 1996
Boston College 1, New Hampshire 0 (OT)
(6-4) Junior defender Alex Chamberlain scored a dramatic unassisted goal in the 104th minute of play, as BC prevailed in an overtime struggle with visiting non-league opponent New Hampshire. Alice Lehne made seven saves for the Eagles, good for her second shutout on the season. BC outshot UNH, 20-14, as the Wildcats fell to 4-7-1.
October 12, 1996
Boston College 2, Seton Hall 0
(7-4, 4-3) Freshman forward Brandy Manza scored her first collegiate goal in the first half and April Parker added an unassisted goal in the second, as BC notched its third straight win. Manzaıs tally, assisted by Anne Schneider, came at the 43:23 juncture. Parker found the back of the net in the 72nd minute. Alice Lehne made five saves to register her second straight shutout.
October 17, 1996
Boston University 3, Boston College 1 (OT)
(7-5) After battling to a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation, BU defeated its cross-city rival recording two OT goals to take the 3-1 win. The Eagles and Terriers traded goals in the second half, Deidre Byrnes scoring for BC and Brooke Moody for BU. Yoanna Maitre notched a goal in each overtime period to give the host Terriers the hard-fought victory. Alice Lehne made six saves for
October 19, 1996
West Virginia 1, Boston College 0
(7-6, 4-4) The Eagles dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker at West Virginia, marking their second straight loss. Mountaineer Rena Lippa scored the gameıs only goal in the 86th minute. Jennifer Kelley paced BCıs offensive attack with three shots on net, while Kristine Klagges added two. Kerin Sikorski made nine saves on 10 West Virginia shots.
October 25, 1996
Boston College 2, Loyola (Chicago) 0
(8-6) BC outshot Loyola 23-4 on its way to a 2-0 win at Shea Field. Alex Chamberlain and rookie Mary Guarino each scored one goal in the first half, giving the Eagles all the offense they would need. Kristin Klagges and Karin Hoesing picked up assists. Kerin Sikorski registered the shutout, posting four saves.
October 27, 1996
Boston College 2, Syracuse 0
(9-6, 5-4) Senior captain April Parker tallied two goals, as the Eagles defeated Syracuse in a game played at Mount Ida College in Newton. The win was BCıs second straight. Parker scored on feeds from Alex Chamberlain and Deidre Byrnes. BC goalie Kerin Sikorski earned her second consecutive shutout, stopping six Syracuse shots. The Eagles outshot the Orangewomen 20-11.
October 30, 1996
Brown 1, Boston College 0
(9-7) Brown freshman Michaela Rooney scored the contestıs lone goal in the 38th minute, as the Eagles lost to the Bears in damp, foggy, and cool conditions in Providence, R.I. The 1-0 victory was just the Bearsı third win of the season. Anne Schneider paced the BC offense with three shots on goal. Kerin Sikorski made four saves in the Eagle net.
November 2, 1996
Connecticut 5, Boston College 1
(9-8, 5-5) BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Kerry Connors posted two goals and one assist for the Huskies, as fourth-ranked Connecticut topped BC 5-1 in the Eaglesı season finale. Alex Chamberlain scored BCıs only goal at the 23:03 mark of the first half. Kerin Sikorski (six saves) and Alice Lehne (two) shared the Eagle goal-keeping duties.