Well, that was not the way we wanted to see the men's hockey season start last night. But we are right back at it on Sunday in the home opener, so that's a plus. Also, the BC-Clemson game hasn't kicked off yet, so we still have hope. Tonight, the women's hockey team faces off against St. Lawrence and the field hockey team faces Virginia - two big tests for teams that look to be in the national title hunt in their respective sports.
On to the links:
BC Interruption was kind enough to answer a few of our questions this week. I don't know about you all, but BC is one of the teams in the conference that I'm least familiar with.
Dude, you know you wanted to say "I don't know about y'all." Go ahead and say it. It would have been awesome.
Seriously though, check out Shakin' The Southland for tremendous coverage of the Clemson Tigers. Unfortunately for them, their run at a national title ends this weekend when BC takes them down in Death Valley. But if they somehow manage to defy the odds and squeak out a win, most of us will be cheering for them to finish the year undefeated, and enjoying STS' coverage along the way.
Williams' workload: Boston College has already won more games in 2013 than it did all of last season, and a big part of that success can be pinned on running back Andre Williams, who has been a workhorse. Williams leads the nation in rushing yards per game (153.6) and attempts per game (26.6). Only seven tailbacks have averaged that many carries over a full season in the past five years.
We can't say enough about the job coach Steve Addazio and his staff have done in transforming one of the worst-run offenses in the nation a year ago into a group that has produced the country's leading rusher in yards per game in Andre Williams (153.6). If there was one area where the Tigers struggled last week in a blowout win over Syracuse, it was stopping the run. We don't anticipate the same mistakes this week. Boston College is better, but not good enough to beat Clemson.
Steven Daniels said he was stunned - absolutely stunned when he examined the postgame defensive statistics of Boston College's 48-27 victory over Army Saturday. The reaction shock and awe stemmed from the career-high 11 tackles he recorded, including a pair of quarterback sacks, the first two of Daniels's nascent BC career.
Nearly three decades removed from his college playing days, Doug Flutie still says "we" as often as he says "they"...
HOCKEY (THE KIND ON ICE WITH PUCKS*)
The 10th-ranked Wolverines notched a statement victory on Thursday night, setting the tone with an early goal and holding on to topple No. 4 Boston College, 3-1, at Yost Ice Arena in both team's regular-season openers.
The Michigan hockey team entered its season opener against No. 4 Boston College having never lost at home against the Eagles. That streak stayed intact Thursday night as the 10th ranked Wolverines beat the Eagles 3-1 at Yost Ice Arena.
And then we scored one goal. Thanks, guys.
Change, you've been a comin' for quite some time. And for Hockey East, you're finally here.
Coming off of a 27-7-3 season and a trip to the Frozen Four, the Eagles are seated near the top of most national preseason rankings and are rated neck and neck with Minnesota, the undefeated (41-0) national champions that ended their sea- son last year. According to head coach Katie King Crowley, this BC team has even more talent than last season's squad.
HOCKEY (THE KIND ON GRASS WITH SKIRTS)
The sixth-ranked Boston College field hockey team heads to Charlottesville, Va., to take on fifth-ranked Virginia on Friday evening and then play a non-conference game against Longwood on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles look to improve on their 10-2 overall record and 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference tally.
Huge game for the Eagles.
It's hard to go up when you start at the top. That's the logic many college hoops fans may apply to Boston College sophomore point guard Olivier Hanlan.
To say Boston College returns a decent amount of production from last year's team is like saying Kate Upton is OK looking. The Eagles return a whopping 96% of their scoring and minutes from last year, while returning nearly 90% of their rebounds.
*I am assuming that field hockey does not have pucks, though I suppose it is possible. Please let me know if I'm wrong about this one.