Boston College Daily Links: More On Bollman Hire, Hoops Loss To Carolina And BC-Merrimack

Football

College football: Boston College hires Bollman (Buckeye Xtra Sports)
“We’ve never worked together, but we’ve known about each other for a long time,” Bollman said. “He’s worked with a lot of guys I’ve worked with. He gave me a call some time ago and we talked about the situation. It came to fruition (this week).”

Here’s why the ACC was bowled over this season (Caulton Tudor, McClatchy Newspapers)
Football hasn’t been an ACC strength for years, but league champion Clemson’s 70-33 loss to West Virginia in Wednesday’s Orange Bowl might have been a new low.

Hoops

UNC 83, Boston College 60: The look back (ACC Now)
The Tar Heels made 23 of their 35 field-goal attempts inside the paint. But they were just 8-for-31 outside of the lane. And just 3-for-17 on 2-point shots outside of the paint. If the Heels shoot better from the outside – both beyond the arc and inside of it, then UNC wins by at least 30.

Boston College’s freshmen have up-and-down start to ACC play in 83-60 loss to No. 3 UNC (AP)
"When it looked like Carolina was going to shove us out the door, I thought these guys showed a lot of character and toughness," Donahue said.

Jacobs: A Tale Of Two ACC Teams (ACC Sports Journal)
This time, starting five freshmen against a team that returned five starters from last year, Steve Donahue’s Eagles realistically aspired only to competitiveness. Playing before a crowd more than twice the size of any it had seen this season, BC achieved that goal, displaying poise and hanging within striking distance against a bigger, more seasoned opponent until the game’s final moments.

Tough way for Eagles to learn (BostonHerald.com)
"I was really impressed with Steve’s club — five freshmen in the starting lineup coming in, and I don’t think they ever got shook," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "We tried hard to take them out of things that they wanted to do, and I don’t know if we did a very good job of it."

Women's Basketball Falls To Wake Forest, 72-58 (BCEagles.com)
Boston College sophomore Kristen Doherty tied her career-high with 24 points and grabbed seven boards but it was not enough as the Eagles (5-10, 0-2 ACC) fell to ACC foe Wake Forest (11-4, 1-1 ACC), 72-58, at Joel Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Hockey

The Takeaway: Merrimack fights back, ties BC, 2-2 (College Hockey News)
Brian Billet’s poise in goal continues for the Eagles. After a rough start to his collegiate career, Billet has become the Eagles undisputed No. 1 goaltender since defeating Yale on Nov. 26. The freshman provided BC with the steady goaltending it’s used to. With the win over Merrimack, Billet’s record improved to 3-2-1. In his six starts, his save percentage is .929 and his goals-against average of 1.99. Parker Milner entered the season as the No. 1 goaltender in Chestnut Hill, but his inconsistent play — and Billet’s emergence — led BC coach Jerry York to reassess his depth chart.

Reax: Merrimack 2, Boston College 2 (TheMackReport.com)
Cannata made 21 saves on the afternoon, but I thought may have been the biggest reason this was a tie game. Boston College was buzzing for much of the second period and had some quality chances in the overtime and Cannata kept making game-saving stops. Some of BC's best chances came on odd-man rushes off transition and Cannata was tough to solve.

Podcasts: Merrimack 2, Boston College 2 (TheMackReport.com)
Pregame with Boston College head coach Jerry York

Barry Almeida keeps a watchful eye on cousins while having his best season for Boston College hockey (masslive.com)
Almeida, a Longmeadow High School graduate from Springfield, will be playing against cousin T.J. when the Eagles meet the University of Massachusetts Friday night at 7 at the Mullins Center. And then Almeida plays in his second Frozen Fenway game of his career next Saturday at 4 p.m. as the Eagles face Northeastern at Fenway Park.

Three Unanswered Goals Propel No. 4 WIH Past Clarkson (BCEagles.com)
Senior captain Mary Restuccia assisted three unanswered goals to lift the fourth-ranked Boston College women's ice hockey team past Clarkson, 3-2, on Friday evening at Kelley Rink. The Eagles (14-6-1) relied on goals from juniors Ashley Motherwell, Blake Bolden and Dru Burns to defeat the Golden Knights (12-6-4).

Finally, if you ever wondered how they build an ice rink at Fenway Park ...

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