Nov. 23, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -
Boston College is coming off a stunning victory over No. 10 Nebraska in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, 4-1. The Eagles will now play Illinois, who upset Portland, 4-3, in overtime. The two teams will play on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. (ET). There will be lives stats and a possibility of online streaming.
Freshman Hayley Dowd, sophomores McKenzie Meehan and Lauren Bernard and senior Gibby Wagner all scored in the win. Bernard and freshman Rosie DiMartino recorded an assist on Meehan's goal. Junior goalkeeper Alex Johnson earned her second career NCAA Tournament victory and improved to 9-4-0.
Meehan's goal was her ACC-leading 19th goal of the season and ninth game-winning goal. She now owns the record for most goals scored in a single season. The previous record holder was Mary Guarino '00, who had 18 goals in the 1999 season. The goal also moved her into fourth on BC's all-time list of game-winning goals. She has 10 in two years, and is tied with Victoria DiMartino '13.
Boston College is now 2-0 against Big Ten teams this season. The Eagles defeated then No. 21 ranked Ohio State in Sept., 1-0. Since 1996, Boston College has played against Big 10 teams 10 times. The Eagles, including the victories over Ohio State and Nebraska this season, are now 5-4-1 vs. the conference.
BC vs. Illinois
- This will be the first match between BC and the Illini.
- The two teams have four common opponents - Virginia, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Nebraska.
- BC defeated Ohio State (1-0) and Nebraska (4-1) and lost to Notre Dame (3-1) and UVA (1-0).
- Illinois lost to UVA in an exhibition (3-0), lost to Notre Dame (4-1), tied Ohio State (1-1) and lost to Nebraska (3-2).
- Head Coach Alison Foley has led BC to 13 NCAA berths, 11 straight and a College Cup in 2010. She has won more games than any other women's soccer coach in program history. She is now 224-112-33 in 17 seasons at Boston College. In 16 of those years, Foley has led BC to 10 or more wins.
- Boston College is one of eight Atlantic Coast Conference teams that earned bids to the tournament. Virginia (22-1-0), North Carolina (19-4-0), Virginia Tech (18-4-2) and Florida State (20-1-3) are all No. 1 seeds in the tournament. The other four ACC teams in the Tournament is BC, Notre Dame (13-7-1), Duke (9-8-5) and Wake Forest (12-6-2).
- The ACC went undefeated in the first round and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The eight ACC teams outscored their opponents, 41-4. Five of the eight second round games ended in a 1-0 score.
- Boston College was the sixth seed in the ACC tournament. The Eagles (6-6-1 ACC) defeated Maryland and Syracuse in the final two regular season games to qualify for the tournament. BC lost to No. 3 UNC, 1-0, in the first round of the tournament.
- BC's RPI is currently 42. The Eagles have played seven teams in the Top 25 RPI. Four of those teams are in the Top 10.
- BC has played seven teams that are currently ranked in the NSCAA Top 25. Four teams - UVA, UNC, V-Tech and FSU - are in the Top 5. The Eagles just defeated No. 10 Nebraska.
- Junior goalkeeper Alex Johnson did not start the season between the pipes. A native of Wellesley, Mass., Johnson earned her first start in the 1-0 win over Ohio State on Sept. 5. She then played half game in a 3-0 win over Pittsburgh on Sept. 12 before taking over the starting job on Sept. 22 vs. V-Tech. Johnson's record is 9-4-0 this season and set a personal high of 10 saves vs. UNC on the ACC Tournament game.
- The senior class - Patrice Vettori, Kate McCarthy, Gibby Wagner, Jess Mickelson, Rachel Davitt, Zoe Lombard and Jackie Vaccari - is 51-29-8 over four years. They have advanced to the NCAA Tournament four years, three Sweet 16's, and a College Cup in 2010.
- McKenzie Meehan became the all-time leader for most points scored as a sophomore - she now has 19 goals and one assist for 39 points. The record of 36 points (14g, 8a) was held by Victoria DiMartino in 2010.
- This is assistant coach Mike LaVigne's 12th season alongside Alison Foley and the women's soccer program. LaVigne actually started the women's soccer program in 1977 and was the head coach when the team advanced to its first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 1982 and 1983.