Good morning, happy Monday, and welcome to a new week. While we're entering the slow part of the BC sports year, this was actually a pretty busy weekend, and you missed a decent amount of news if you have actually had a life all weekend and didn't spend it reading BCI. New Guy already filled you in on baseball's big sweep of Maryland, which keeps them in postseason contention. The women's lacrosse team was ousted early from the ACC tournament on Friday but now awaits a spot in the NCAA tournament field. And Steve Addazio picked up a commitment from 2015 ATH Ben Glines.
Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had two goals and Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.) registered one goal and two assists as the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team defeated the Czech Republic, 5-2, here tonight at Lappeenranta Arena. With the win, Team USA captures its eighth gold medal at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's Under-18 World Championship.
The big news here, from a BC perspective, is that Sonny Milano, Alex Tuch, and Noah Hanifin - three stars of the tournament for the US- are incoming players at BC this fall.
Jack Eichel (5-5) & Sonny Milano (3-7) each finished the U18WC with 10 pts to lead Team USA.— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) April 27, 2014
As you know, Eichel is making his long-anticipated arrival at BU this year. With Eichel and Hanifin looking like possible top-5 draft picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, and Milano and Tuch;s stocks rising, the talent in college hockey in Boston is going to be ridiculous next year. And oh yeah, Northeastern commit Nolan Stevens was a factor for the US U-18s as well. Is it time to drop the puck yet?
Freshman Tatiana Cortez hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to lead Boston College past Virginia, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at Shea Field. The Eagles completed the three-game sweep with the win, after defeating UVA twice on Saturday. BC is now 28-19 on the season and 12-11 in the ACC. UVA dropped to 8-43 overall and 1-25 in the conference.
Congratulations are in order for the BC softball team, Last year, they went 23-29, with a 3-18 mark in the ACC. The year before that, they were 15-31, and 0-14 in conference. But they've clearly built toward competitiveness and have put together a solid season, with a mark that's good for 6th in the ACC currently. They enter their final week of the regular season with six games to go - three non-conference games against local teams, then a trip to South Bend this weekend to take on Notre Dame in the final series. Then in two weekends they'll head to the ACC tournament. Cheers to good news all around this weekend from the Shea Field complex.
Brian Boyle notched an empty net goal to help the Rangers finish off the Flyers yesterday in game 5 of their playoff series:
Boston College juniors Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick have earned recognition as two of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award - collegiate lacrosse's highest honor -the Tewaaraton Foundation announced this weekend.