Nov. 16, 2012
Chestnut Hill, MA -
2012 NCAA TOURNAMENT
Boston College at Penn State
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Jeffrey Field (University Park, PA)
The Boston College women's soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 victory over Hofstra last week. The Eagles were led by Kristie Mewis with a goal and an assist, and a goal by Stephanie McCaffrey.
The second round game the Eagles will have to stop the most potent offense in the country - Penn State. The top-seeded Nittany Lions (18-3-1) are ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring offense (3.0).
The Eagles and Nittany Lions have played twice. Penn State has an edge in the all-time series, 1-0-1. The two teams battled in the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 19, 2006 with the Nittany Lions advancing with a 1-0 victory.
Forwards - Victoria DiMartino, McKenzie Meehan
Midfield - Patrice Vettori. Kristen Mewis,
Midfield - Kate McCarthy, Gibby Wagner
Defense - Casey Morrison, Zoe Lombard
Defense - Rachel Davitt, Lauren Bernard
The Boston College attack is ranked 15th in scoring offense (2.33) in the country. BC has scored 49 goals. Penn State is No. 1 in the country with a 3.00 average. BC is third in the ACC in shots (354), third in goals scored (49), fourth in total points (6.52) and third in goals per game (2.33).
Kristen Mewis is 8th in the country in scoring with 2.0 points per game. She is 18th in the country in goals per game (0.7 gpg.). She is also fifth in the country in assists per game at 0.6.
Mewis leads BC and the ACC in scoring with 14 goals, 13 assists for 40 points. She is third in the ACC in goals scored (14) and second in assists (13). Mewis is also third in the ACC in shots (66) and first in points per game (2.0). The Eagles midfielder is also second in the ACC in GWG.
MULTIPLE POINT GAMES
Kristen Mewis leads BC with eight games in which she tallied multiple points. She has 20 career games in which she tallied multiple points ... Senior Victoria DiMartino has two multiple point games and has posted 12 career multiple point games ... Sophomore Stephanie McCaffrey has tallied four multiple point game this season.
Boston College had five different starting lineups this season. The Eagles had the same lineup for the first 14 games.
Freshman Lauren Bernard (photo on right) is the only first year player to start and play in every game.
Forward McKenzie Meehan, who is third on the team in scoring with nine goals, has started fi ve times and has played in every game.
The backline of freshman Lauren Bernard, sophomore Casey Morrison, junior Zoe Lombard and sophomore Rachel Davitt have started every game. Bernard have logged the most minutes on the team with 1937. Morrison is right behind her with 1874, while Lombard has played 1870 minutes. Davitt, who also plays up front, has played 1868 minutes this season.
Senior transfer Alex Gaul has started all 21 games for the Eagles in goal this season. She has played 11828:35 minutes and has a goals-against-average of 1.57. Junior Jessica Mickelson has played in fi ve games and logged 131 minutes.
The starters have recorded 35 of the 49 goals scored this season. They have also notched 35 of the 39 assists this season. The top scorer off the bench is freshman McKenzie Meehan with nine goals, followed by freshman Jana Jeffrey with four goals and two assists.
Boston College has earned 16 NCAA Tournament berths in the history of the women's program. Head coach Alison Foley has led BC to 12 NCAA Tournaments, 10 consecutive.
The Eagles have advanced to one College Cup (2010), two Elite Eights (2010, 2009) and eight Sweet 16's (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 1999).
BC's first NCAA appearance was in 1982. Current assistant coach Mike LaVigne was the head coach and he led BC into the NCAA in 1982 and 1983. LaVigne's team lost in 1982 to Cortland State but in 1983, the Eagles defeated Princeton 2-0 before bowing out of the tournament in a 2-0 loss to UConn.