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Boston College Athletics Wrap Up, Week 1: Women’s Teams Start 2021-22 Off Strong

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

Field Hockey

The Boston College field hockey team is off to a strong start! The Eagles defeated Quinnipiac 3-0 on 8/27 and earned a 3-2 comeback victory against Maine the following day.

In the home/season opener, Argentinian junior Milagros Arteta scored just about 8.5 minutes into the game to give BC a 1-0 lead, and followed with a second goal in the third quarter. Sarah Johnson knocked in a rebound from a corner late in the game to make it 3-0 Eagles.

Sophomore goalie Emily Gillespie made 4 saves for BC to earn the shutout, while the Eagles managed to get 7 shots on Qunnipiac’s goalie.

The Eagles started off behind the next day, with Maine picking up the first goal of the game 9 minutes in. Both teams were then held scoreless until 43:13, when Jaime Natale tied things up off a pass from Elizabeth Warner.

Just under 10 minutes later Maine took a 1 goal lead again, but the Eagles secured a win thanks to Margo Carlin, who scored off a deflection, and Fusine Govaert, who scored off a penalty corner.

The Eagles got 8 shots on goal against Maine, and Gillespie matched her 4 saves from the previous match.

TL;DR: BC is 2-0 after defeating Quinnipiac 3-0 and Maine 3-2.

Men’s Soccer

Like field hockey, BC men’s soccer started the season with a game against Quinnipiac, although these Eagles went to Connecticut for their match. Unfortunately, Qunnipiac won this one 2-0.

Junior Mike Suski scored a beautiful goal for the Eagles just under 12 minutes into the game, and BC took that 1-0 lead into halftime. The Eagles had some strong second half chances, but Quinnipiac scored twice in the span of 3 minutes (including 1 penalty kick goal) to take a 2-1 lead, which the Eagles couldn’t overcome.

TL;DR: BC starts the season 0-1 after losing 2-1 to Quinnipiac.

Women’s Soccer

With 3 games under their belts, the Eagles are looking good. The women’s soccer team played 1 game last week, defeating Iona 5-0, and then beat UMass on Monday and BU on Thursday, both games by a 3-1 margin.

The Eagles completely dominated against Iona last week, getting 12 shots on goal while allowing just 4. Icelandic freshman Linda Boama scored the first goal of BC’s season at 20:20, which was followed by an Iona own-goal off a Zoie Allen shot, a Sam Smith header off a Jenna Bike corner kick, another Boama goal, and finally a goal from freshman Ella Richards with minutes left in the game.

After a scoreless first half in BC’s home opener against UMass on Monday, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead at 73:03 with Boama opening the scoring yet again. Five minutes later Boama assisted on a Richards goal to put BC up 2-0. UMass managed to get within 1 at 82:50, but Richards redirected a Samantha Agresti shot to get her 3rd career goal and secure a 3-1 victory for BC.

On Thursday, a strong first half helped the Eagles defeat their rival BU Terriers. Agresti scored her first of the season at 23:49 to put BC up 1-0, and Boama scored a beautiful goal 5 minutes later to help BC take a 2-0 lead into halftime. Jenna Bike grabbed her first off the season fairly early in the second half, and while BU would get one back at 80:15 it was too little too late and BC picked up another 3-1 win.

TL;DR: BC is 3-0 after defeating Iona 5-0, UMass 3-1, and BU 3-1.

Volleyball

The BC volleyball team has played 3 matches this weekend, winning all of them. On Friday, the Eagles defeated Sacred Heart in straight sets. Then the Eagles beat Hartford 3-1 yesterday afternoon and Northeastern 3-2 last night.

The Eagles played a dominant game against Sacred Heart, sweeping them in sets of 25-20, 25-22, and 25-16. Izzy Clavenna and Katrina Jensen led all players with 9 kills, and Gabby McCaa led the Eagles with 4 blocks. Eagles Bridget Green and Sophia Lambros, both sophomores, scored the only aces of the game.

The Eagles had to fight hard in the first set of the day on Saturday, going back and forth with Hartford and ultimately falling 26-23. Luckily, the Eagles managed to dominate the rest of the game, winning 3 straight sets of 25-20, 25-20, and 25-12 to win the match. BC was strong on defense and offense, only allowing Hartford to make 5 blocks while recording 18 blocks of their own. Grad student Amaka Chukwujekwu accounted for an impressive 11 of those kills.

Last night’s game against Northeastern proved to be BC’s biggest challenge, although the Eagles won their full sets by a wide margin. The Eagles started out strong, defeating the Huskies 25-26 in set 1. Northeastern took the next 2 sets 25-22 and 26-24, but BC fought back to win sets 4 and 5 by scores of 25-17 and 15-12 to win the game. McCaa scored 2 aces in BC’s victory, Clare Naughton led all played with 17 kills, and Lambros and Grace Penn each recorded an impressive 30 assists.

TL;DR: BC starts the season 3-0 after beating Sacred Heart 3-0, Hartford 3-1, and Northeastern 3-2.