Good morning! It's a great day to be an Eagle. To the news, starting with some hockey tidbits, as BC @ Harvard is one day away:
For junior Brian Billett, the challenge has been to demonstrate this ability. Already given an opportunity by coach Jerry York to prove his value, Billett and Demko split starts to begin the season. Then, the opportunity widened for Billett when Demko's suffered tightness in his hamstrings last week in practice; he will be out for another week or two. This presented Billett with a pair of starts against Massachusetts and the chance to further lay claim to the starting role.
The big takeaway here is that Demko will be out for "another week or two." That was previously unclear.
The Boston College men's hockey team made headlines when it snagged Sonny Milano this weekend. Milano, who was originally committed to Notre Dame, received an "A" rating from NHL Central Scouting, indicating that he is seen as a potential first or second round selection in the 2014 NHL draft. As of the moment, he is projected to be a part of a stacked class of 2018. In the spirit of Milano's commitment, Conte Confidential updates how BC's hockey recruits are doing so far this season.
7t. Boston College 7-2-2 (18). Controversy followed the Eagles this week. Jerry York's team avoided an upset bid by UMass on Thursday night thanks to an overturned goal that should not have been reviewed. The next night BC squandered a lead late, eventually settling for a tie, due to a questionable five-minute major call to New Jersey Devils prospect Steve Santini.
Boston College women's hockey head coach Katie Crowley discussed the team's 3-2 loss at Quinnipiac, 1-1 tie at Princeton, the success of Andie Anastos this season, and previewed the upcoming weekend during which the Eagles will play two games against the Connecticut Huskies.
"We laugh about it because every week we see a new defense trying to stop our run, and we take pride in that," BC offensive tackle Ian White said yesterday. "They are almost making up defenses to try and get enough guys in the box to stop our run game. We are trying to find a way to match that. (If) they put everyone (on one side), we go the other way. "It's a chess game, and it is actually pretty fun to watch. We basically try and guess what they are going to give us. They know 44 is getting the ball, but they don't know where and they don't know how."
8. Boston College (6-4, 3-3; LW: No. 8) -- In what was the final home game of the regular season for BC, running back Andre Williams helped rush the Eagles back to bowl eligibility in a 38-21 win over NC State. Williams ran for an astounding 339 yards to break Boston College's single-season and single-game rushing records. He had over 100 yards in the first quarter alone. BC ends the season with back-to-back road games at Maryland and Syracuse.
5. Boston College - Andre Williams doesn't take breaks; he just breaks records. Williams rushed for 339 yards against the Wolfpack and now has 1,810 rushing yards on the season with three more games to play. Congratulations to the Eagles for becoming bowl eligible. Coach Addazio has done a spectacular job there so far this season. His work and this team's work have gone largely unnoticed in ACC circles. It's very possible this team could go 8-4 and what an accomplishment that would be for a team who won just two games last season.
Erika Reineke went into the 2013 Singlehanded National Sailing Championship with a chip on her shoulder. Reineke, now a sophomore on the Boston College sailing team, won the event as a freshman. This year she was determined to win it again.
The Boston College rowing team competed at the annual Foot of the Charles, racing seven boats on Saturday, Nov. 16 on the team's home course, the Charles River, to close out the fall season for BC.The BC freshmen showed tremendous speed and depth in the Freshmen/Novice Eight Event. The "A" boat finished second behind Radcliffe, and the "B" boat placed fifth. Both freshmen eights finished with the best times Boston College has ever rowed at this event, 13:15.9 and 13:46.0.
The Eagle alum and national team player is returning to Boston to play for the Breakers.