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Boston College Daily Links: Still Close, But Far Away

Not ‘second-half’ kickoff Spaziani wanted (
"We’re close, but still far away for a lot of reasons,’’ said Spaziani. "We’re looking for leadership. How does leadership come? It comes with confidence. How does confidence come? It comes with being successful. It’s a snowball effect, but you have to do it. The sooner the better.’’

Grasping anything (
"It’s been a long time since I’ve been in one of these situations," Spaziani said yesterday. "You have to approach it with the truth in what the positives are and what the problems are and how we need to correct it. We can see the positives, but we have to put them in perspective because those positives haven’t translated into wins."

Boston College finds positives in loss to Virginia Tech (Enterprise News)
"The biggest positive is we played with more emotion throughout the whole game," Spaziani said. "We came out and we had some more emotion, and now we need to sustain that. That was a big positive because it’s an emotional game and you have to play with a little edge, a little chip. And then we kept playing. It doesn’t look like it, but we kept playing. If we can keep doing that, we’ll get a ‘W’ here soon.

Second viewing thoughts and grade report: Virginia Tech (Eagle in Atlanta)
This was a rough game to watch back because we had our moments. But we are still so flawed on the offensive line that it ripples into our QB play, our play calling and even our defensive strategy. I still fault Spaz for most of this as you will see below. We are not playing to win and we are not getting better on the in key areas. That's on the coach.

ACC Football Power Rankings, Oct. 24 (ACC Sports Journal)
12. Boston College (1-6, 0-4). At least the Eagles are still playing hard. They led Virginia Tech 7-6 at the half before the Hokies’ ground game took over. A road game at Maryland next may offer the Eagles’ best chance at a win for the rest of the season.

Thornton, Ferriero return to Boston and lead San Jose Sharks to 4-2 win over Bruins (The Washington Post)
"It’s a lot different playing against the Bruins, obviously, than playing against BU or someone like that," said the 24-year-old forward, who couldn’t keep track of how many family and friends were in the crowd. "It was a pretty expensive night for tickets for me."

Men's Soccer Defeats Duke in OT (
Junior Charlie Rugg's goal with fewer than three minutes left in the second overtime session capped a Boston College rally and lifted the host Eagles to a 2-1 ACC win before 1,223 fans at the Newton Campus Field.

No. 5 WIH Tops No. 10 Dartmouth in Final Seconds (
With 1.6 seconds left on the clock, freshman Emily Field collected a rebound from classmate Alex Carpenter and put the puck in the back of net to secure a four-goal comeback win for No. 5/6 Boston College women's ice hockey over No. 10/10 Dartmouth on Sunday afternoon in Kelley Rink. The freshmen both tallied three points to lead the Eagles (4-1-1, 1-0-1 WHEA) past the Big Green (0-1-0, 0-0-0 ECAC).

No. 12 Field Hockey Downs Dartmouth, 6-4 (
The No. 12 Boston College field hockey squad defeated Dartmouth, 6-4, in a high-scoring matchup on Sunday afternoon.

No. 13/17 Women's Soccer Beats NC State, 1-0 (
Senior Stephanie Wirth scored the only goal in the game to lead No. 13 Boston College past ACC foe NC State, 1-0, at the Newton Soccer Field on Sunday afternoon. BC is now 10-4-2 overall and 5-4-0 in the conference, while NC State dropped to 10-7-2 and 1-6-2 overall.