Boston College Weekend Links: Tough Saturday for BC Athletics

Wake Forest 71, BC 56: Eagles Overwhelmed by Deacs (Soaring to Glory)
Usually, there is something positive to take from BC’s efforts, even in a loss, but not this time. Ryan Anderson ending up with a double-double seems almost like an afterthought; this was a pitiful performance by Boston College, following an equally-pitiful performance against NC State. When the Eagles fight hard and play with purpose and focus, as they have done in certain prior games, they deserve all the credit. Unfortunately, none of those things were evident today. BC looked lost on the court against Wake, and possibly frustrated and/or overwhelmed.

BC experiences another loss (The Boston Globe)
"Right now, we have a snowball effect - in both directions,’’ Donahue said. "When things go bad, we have a tendency to let them get to us and compound it on both sides of the ball. When we do positive things, it ends up snowballing in that direction. "But we’ve got to continue to try to stress the 40-minute, the 35-second mental toughness that you need to persevere through hard times. Whether it’s a 35-second possession or a four-minute [scoreless] stretch in a game, these guys have got to learn how to do that.’’

BC Falls to Wake: 71-56 (Around the Res)
I was very disappointed that we didn't play better down the stretch today, because I really thought that we could have walked away with a win here if we were more consistent with some of the things that this team does very well. There's no doubt in my mind that BC will be better than Wake this time next year. You just can't expect to win in the ACC when you shoot 28.6% in the first half.

Not A Good Saturday (Eagle in Atlanta)
Dirk Koetter -- Matt Ryan's new Offensive Coordinator -- has made the rounds in coaching. What I didn't know was that Coughlin hired him at BC before he left for Jacksonville. I always assumed he was brought in by Dan Henning. This article on Coughlin quotes a few BC folks.

Meet goalie Brian Billett of Brunswick (and a few other places), who gets the start today for Boston College (Maine Sunday Telegram)
"Coach (Jerry) York said it best: Competition turns into success if you take it the right way," Billett said. "If you’re going to turtle and take the competition defensively, you’re going to fail. But if you take it with open arms … "(UMass) may not have been the greatest game, but you just learn from it. You can always look at the video and find the errors.

Gutsy Effort Gives Merrimack OT Victory (College Hockey News)
After a win against Merrimack on Friday night, UNH played arguably its best two games of the season on back to back nights. With the loss UNH stays in the eighth and final playoff spot by three points over Northeastern. With the win Merrimack moved up into a tie for second with Boston College with a two games in hand.

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