Good morning! It's a great day to be a Boston College Eagle - and a great weekend overall for BC's sports teams. To the links:
Stealing a glance at his teammates on Boston College's sideline, senior linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis said he was encouraged by what he saw as the Eagles trailed Virginia Tech, 17-10, in the third quarter of Saturday's gritty Atlantic Coast Conference game.
Boston College defensive playmakers trumped Virginia Tech's unyielding defense. The Eagles converted four Virginia Tech turnovers into 17 points and held on to capture a 34-27 upset victory over the Hokies before 30,129 yesterday at Alumni Stadium.
1. Virginia Tech: Not to pile on Logan Thomas, but the Hokies' senior quarterback just continues to make mistakes that experienced players shouldn't make. Thomas is big, tough and athletic, but he was intercepted twice and fumbled twice Saturday in a 34-27 loss at Boston College.
Well, whenever you can beat someone and make them #1 on the national misery index, I guess that's worth something. Right?
Virginia Tech isn't getting better -- but BC is. For the second straight week, Virginia Tech turned it over four times in a loss, this time to Boston College. Following the season-opening loss to Alabama, Virginia Tech reeled off six straight wins and appeared to have turned the page on last year's subpar season, but back-to-back losses against Duke and Boston College -- two programs that combined for eight wins last year -- have been a not-so-subtle reminder that the problems persist. BC deserves credit for its 34-27 win, but Logan Thomas was picked off twice and fumbled twice, leading to 17 points for BC. The Eagles, though, are clearly a different team under Steve Addazio. It finally was reflected in the win column.
The women's hockey team bounced back from last week's head-scratcher at Syracuse with a sweep of the Providence College Friars, but it wasn't easy - Sunday's game required an OT winner by Melissa Bizarri to finish the job. GIFFED!:
A see-saw third period followed by a quick strike in overtime catapulted Boston College to a sweep of Northeastern to open Hockey East play, with freshman Adam Gilmour drilling the game-winner for the Eagles 1:36 into the extra period at Matthews Arena on Saturday.
Chapel Hill, N.C. -- It was a typical game between Boston College and North Carolina on Sunday afternoon in the first round of the ACC Tournament. The sixth-seeded Eagles (10-9-1) lost to third-seeded North Carolina, 1-0, in front 816 fans at Fetzer Field. North Carolina (17-3) will play Florida State on Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. in the ACC semifinal.
Now the Eagles await their fate from the NCAA tournament selection committee. With a 10-9-1 record and an RPI of 33 going into the ACC tournament they seem like they should probably get an NCAA bid, but it's no lock.
Sophomore Derrick Boateng scored a pair of goals to lead the Boston College men's soccer team to a 3-1 win against Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon at the Newton Campus Field.
Meanwhile, a gigantic win for the men, who moved from 9th into a tie for 6th in the ACC with the victory. They bring a 4-5-1 ACC record and 7-7-2 overall record to Virginia on Friday for their final regular season game. With an RPI of 74 going into this weekend, the men's team's situation is a bit more questionable. It looks like they'll need to win on Friday and do a little damage in the ACC tournament to ensure their ticket to the Big Dance.