Aug. 30, 2012
Women's Soccer In California
Chestnut Hill, MA -
Game 4: No. 7 BC vs. No. 4 Stanford
Game Time: 7 p.m. (ET)
Live Stats: Gametracker
Twitter: bc_wsoc or stanfordwsoccer
View: Pac 12 Network (Bay Area Regional Network)
Game 5: No. 7 BC at Pacific
Game Time: 3 p.m. (ET)
Live Stats: Gametracker
The No. 7 Boston College women's soccer team starts the second leg of a four game road trip. BC flew out to California to train for two days before playing at Stanford on Friday, Aug. 31, followed by a game at Pacific on Sunday, Sept. 2.
The Eagles are coming off two key wins against UConn (4-3) and Boston University (3-1). BC is now 3-0-0 on the season and ranked seventh by the NSCAA and 12th by Soccer America.
The team trained in the morning and left for California on Tuesday afternoon. On Wed. morning the girls hit the field for practice. Following practice the team took a bus ride into San Francisco to tour Alcatraz.
Thursday after training the team was going to visit BC alum Kathy Hession's ('77) family and enjoy a light lunch by the pool.
PROBABLE STARTERS vs. STANFORD
Goalkeeper: Sr. Alexa Gaul; Defenders: So. Rachel Davitt, Jr. Zoe Lombard, So. Casey Morrison, Fr. Lauren Bernard
Midfielders: Jr. Patrice Vettori, Jr. Kate McCarthy, Sr. Kristen Mewis, Jr. Gibby Wagner
Forwards: So. Stephanie McCaffrey, Sr. Victoria DiMartino.
BC vs. STANFORD
Boston College and Stanford will meet for the sixth time in the last five seasons.
Stanford leads to overall series, 4-0-1.
In 2011 the two teams only played in the NCAA Tourney. Stanford defeated BC 2-0 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on the campus of Stanford University. BC defeated California on PK's to advance to play then No. 1 Stanford in the Sweet 16 round.
The Eagles are 3-4-3 vs. Pac-12 teams. The four losses are to Stanford, while the wins are against Arizona State in 1998, Oregon State in 2008 and Washington in 2010.
BC is now ranked 7th by the NSCAA and 12th by Soccer America. Soccer Times released its first poll of the season on Aug. 27 and BC is ranked 7th.
BC has six seniors, six juniors, eight sophomores and eight freshmen on the roster.
Senior forward Victoria DiMartino needs 10 points to equal the all-time leader in program history in points, Sarah Rahko '03 (94 pts.). DiMartino needs just 10 goals this season to become the all-time goal scorer in the program. She has 28 goals while the record is held by Morgan Page '01 with 37 goals.
Junior Gibby Wagner is the first junior since Kerri McNicholas '09 to be named a team captain. Wagner had a break-out season in 2011 as she was second on the team in scoring with five goals and four assists for 14 points. She is a co-captain along with senior Kristie Mewis.
For the first time since joining the ACC in 2005, the Eagles placed a record seven student-athletes on the All-ACC Academic team in 2011. It also marked the first time a BC player was named to the team three times - Julia Bouchelle '12 (08, 10, 11). The team also had 13 players receive the Athletics Director's Award for Academic Excellence in 2011-12. The last time the team placed 13 players on the AD's Award for Academic Excellence was in 2005-06.
Mike LaVigne returns for his 11th straight season as assistant on Alison Foley's staff. LaVigne is credited with starting the women's soccer program at BC in 1977. He led the Eagles for the first of two NCAA appearances in the 80's.
Junior Kate McCarthy, who was the team MVP for the 2011 season, does all the dirty work on the field for the Eagles. She took her talents to the lacrosse team at BC. In the spring of 2012, McCarthy was a walk-on for the lacrosse team and played in all 18 games. She finished the season with three goals, 24 ground balls (second on the team) and 27 draw controls (third on the team). McCarthy, who did not score in 2011, has already scored two goals this season.
The incoming freshman - McKenzie and Madison Meehan - will be the first set of twins to play for the BC program since 1995 when Alison and Jessica David were the team captains.
Kristie Mewis has three assists this season which moves her up to third all-time on the career assists list. Mewis is tied with former BC great Anne Porell '84 with 29.
McKenzie Meehan's two goals vs. UConn marked the first time a freshman notched multiple goals since the 2009 season. Current senior Victoria DiMartino completed the two goal feat three times as a rookie. The first was against Brown on Sept. 7, followed by two against Harvard on Sept. 18 and the third two goal game occurred against Clemson on Oct. 25.
Sophomore Stephanie McCaffrey notched two goals vs. BU. It was the first time in her career she had a multiple goal game.
Senior Victoria DiMartino has recorded six career multiple goal games - three as a freshman and three as a sophomore.
Senior Kristie Mewis has recorded 12 games in her career where she had a goal and assist or multiple assists. She has posted two assists in three games in her career. Mewis had four game-winning assists as a junior and has 11 in her career.
THIS WEEK'S HONORS
CollegeSoccer360 Team of the Week
TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week
New England Soccer News Women's College Player of the Week
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