Good morning and happy #Octofinals Friday! We start with a big win out west:
The No. 7/7 Boston College lacrosse team defeated the University of Southern California, 13-10, on Thursday afternoon at McAlister Field. The Eagles (5-1, 1-1 ACC) were led by senior captain Moira Barry who notched three goals in the contest. Fellow captain Brooke Blue and junior Mikaela Rix each tallied two goals while Sarah Mannelly, Covie Stanwick, Kate McCarthy, Tess Chandler, Cali Ceglarski, and Caroline Margolis all added a goal.
USC (0-2) fell, 13-10, to No. 7-ranked Boston College (5-1) at McAlister Field on Thursday, March 6. The Women of Troy fought tooth and nail with one of the nation's top squads but came out just short as the Eagles limited mistakes in the second half.
BC stays out west with a tilt at San Diego State on Saturday afternoon.
Few teams are embracing the playoff season as a new lease on life more than Boston University. The Terriers are a heavy underdog heading into tomorrow night's single elimination contest at national No. 11 Notre Dame.
The playoffs are here for Hockey East, a week earlier than usual. The much-discussed all-inclusive playoff format will kick off this weekend with single-elimination games featuring 11th-seed Merrimack traveling to sixth-seed Maine, 10th-seed Massachusetts heading to seventh-seed Vermont and ninth-seed Boston University hopping on a plane to eighth-seed Notre Dame.
Murphy makes the move: It's an open competition at quarterback after Chase Rettig's departure, but there's no question the most intriguing player in the race is Florida transfer Tyler Murphy. The fifth-year senior worked with Addazio at Florida, and he'll open the spring competing with redshirt freshman James Walsh and early enrollee Darius Wade. That's a deep enough bench that BC didn't worry about moving Josh Bordner, last year's backup, to tight end. With both of last year's starting tackles gone, too, Murphy's experience could be even more important in determining the outcome of the QB battle.
"They're all real green," offensive coordinator Ryan Day said of the Eagles' quarterbacks. "It's obviously an open competition. I'm looking forward to getting out there and seeing them throw and run the offense. We'll see. All three of these guys are mobile, they can run. They're dual threats. We're going to use that as a weapon for us. We're not going to totally change what we do, but we'll add that component to it."
All you need to know for this weekend's series.