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Boston College Athletics Wrap Up, Week 6: Men’s Hockey Wins Icebreaker, Women’s Cross Country Wins New England Championship

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Need a recap of what happened on the Heights last week? Here’s what your favorite Eagles’ teams accomplished...

Men’s Cross Country

The Eagles placed 10th in the New England Championship this weekend. The Eagles had no top 20 individual finishers in the men’s 8K - sophomore Steven Jackson led the Eagles, coming in 24th place with a time of 25:22. BC had a pair of top 20 finishes in the sub varsity 8K: Will Purnell (9th place, 26:24) and Edward Tristine (13th place, 26:38).

TL;DR: The Eagles placed 10th in the New England Championship.

Women’s Cross Country

The Eagles were the top team at the New England Championship, coming in first place and recording a number of top 20 finishes. Lauren White won the race overall, coming in first with a time of 17:14. Other top 20 Eagles finishers in the women’s 5K were Anna Oeser (3rd, 17:24), Sarah Flynn (7th, 17:50), Kylee Raftis (10th, 17:53) and Paige Carter (17:58).

In the sub-varsity 5K BC also had multiple top 20 finishers. Katherine Mitchell won that race with a time of 18:19. She was followed by Kayla Smith (2nd, 18:21), Ella Whitman (3rd, 18:36), Katherine Connolly (4th, 18:49), Miriam Ruoff (5th, 18:43), Roshni Singh (6th, 18:45), Maureen Lewin (7th, 18:45), Caroline Barry (11th, 19:06), and Jacklyn Sullivan (19:36).

TL;DR: Lauren White led BC to a first place finish in the New England Championship.

Field Hockey

The Eagles opened the weekend at UVA on Saturday. The game was scoreless throughout regulation, with BC getting 6 shots on goal and Jonna Kennedy making 5 saves against UVA. BC scored on the only overtime shot on goal, as Elizabeth Warner was able to shoot the ball behind the UVA goalie and earn BC the 1-0 victory. Warner had a goal waved off late in the game, so this was a good redemption moment for the team.

On Sunday, the Eagles headed to Richmond. Margo Carlin started the scoring early in the second period to put BC up 1-0. Sky Caron put BC up 2-0 late in that same period, scoring off a penalty stroke and giving the Eagles a comfortable lead heading into halftime. Victoria Arra added to the Eagles lead as the clock wound down, making it 3-0 BC in the final minutes. The Eagles allowed just 4 shots on goal in the shutout.

TL;DR: Field hockey went 2-0 this weekend, defeating UVA and Richmond.

Men’s & Women’s Golf

The men’s golf team placed 14th in the Fighting Irish Classic early in the week. BC’s leading competitor was Nick Cummings, who tied for 33rd place with a +5.

The women’s golf team, meanwhile, earned a first place finish at the Yale Invitational. Natalie Irlbacher earned the individual first place finish with a -4. She was joined in the top 5 by Biblani Liu, who tied for fourth.

TL;DR: The women’s team won first place in the Yale Invitational, while the men’s team came in 14th at the Fighting Irish Classic.

Men’s Hockey

The men’s hockey team won the Ice Breaker tournament over the weekend, beating out Quinnipiac, Holy Cross, and Northeastern (who the Eagles did not play) for the trophy.

On Friday, BC took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by Colby Ambrosio and Patrick Giles before allowing Quinnipiac to tie things up. The game went into overtime, and then into the shootout. Both teams scored once in the first three shootout rounds, with BC’s goal coming from Eamon Powell. Eric Dop stopped Quinnipiac’s attempt in the fourth round, and Casey Carreau scored for BC to earn BC the shootout “win” which actually counts as a tie.

On Saturday, the Eagles dominated Holy Cross to both win the game and the tournament. Brandon Kruse got things started just 22 seconds in to put BC up 1-0, and Marshall Warren and Marc McLaughlin added goals in the following minutes to allow BC to take a 3-0 lead just over 3 minutes into the game.

At this point, Holy Cross changed goalies. McLaughling scored 1 more goal in the first period, put Quinnipiac scored a goal of their own as the period wound down to end BC’s shutout chances. Matt Argentina scored the only other goal of the game, and BC won this one 5-1.

TL;DR: The Eagles went 1-0-1 this weekend and won the Ice Breaker Tournament.

Women’s Hockey

BC remains undefeated after this weekend thanks to a 2-1 victory over Merrimack. Katie Pyne scored the game-winner halfway through the first period, scoring on the power play to put BC up 1-0. Willow Corson added another goal in the second period, and while Merrimack did score on a power play in the third, it was too late for the Warriors to stage a comeback. BC goal Abigail Levy had another fantastic game, making 34 saves.

TL;DR: The Eagles defeated Merrimack 2-1 this weekend to improve to 3-0 overall.

Men’s Soccer

The Eagles started off the week at Northeastern, picking up a 2-1 win against the Huskies on Tuesday. Drew Serafino scored the first BC goal, setting up a nifty chance for himself to score his first collegiate goal just under 2 minutes into the game. Neither team scored again until 43:26, when Michael Suski put BC up 2-0 off a penalty kick. Northeastern cut the BC lead to 1 in the 74th minute, but the Eagles held on to earn a 2-1 victory.

This weekend, the Eagles headed to Virginia to take on UVA. Aidan Farwell put the Eagles up 1-0 early in the game with her first career goal, but Leo Afonso scored a pair of goals for UVA later in the game to take the victory for the Cavaliers.

TL;DR: The Eagles went 1-1 this week, defeating Northeastern before falling to UVA.

Women’s Soccer

The Eagles continue to struggle in ACC play, as they fell to both UVA and UNC this week. First up this week, BC hosted UVA. The Eagles were shut out, getting just 2 shots on goal and losing 3-0.

The Eagles scored first against the #5 Tar Heels this weekend, as Sam Smith took a pass from Jenna Bike to score at 49:20. The Tar Heels tied things up late in the second half, sending the game into overtime. UNC took possession of a loose ball during overtime to score and take the 2-1 victory.

TL;DR: BC lost to UVA and UNC this week, although they did take #5 UNC to overtime.

Volleyball

The Eagles were fully swept this week, losing matches to Louisville and Notre Dame. First up, BC headed to Kentucky where the Cardinals dominated in straight sets of 25-14, 25-12, and 25-10. The Cardinals scored 9 aces and made 40 kills to BC’s 19. Despite BC’s resounding loss, Katrina Jensen did lead all players in kills with 8.

The Eagles played a more competitive game against the Fighting Irish, but still lost in straight sets of 25-22, 25-15, and 25-23. BC scored 4 aces in the loss, and Anna Murphy led all players with 18 digs.

TL;DR: BC fell to both Louisville and Notre Dame.