With the Eagles missing the services of three US National Team defensemen, BC’s defense has been a bit of a work in progress. The Eagles have allowed 2.38 goals per game, good for only 17th in the country.
But despite the middling defense, BC’s offense has continued to erupt. Their 4.50 goals per game is tops among full-time D1 programs, and they’ve shown enough firepower to stay undefeated on the young season. That continued on Friday afternoon with a wild 7-4 win over the 9th ranked Providence College Friars.
BC fell behind 1-0 less than two minutes into the game after the defense allowed Madison Sansone to camp out in front of the net and deposit a backhand past Katie Burt. But the Eagles responded with three quick goals to jump ahead and seemingly take the Friars out of the game.
But Providence showed why they were getting some love in the polls. Their speed and firepower really pushed the Eagles, and they scored at the end of the 1st and the beginning of the second to pull the game back level at 3-3.
As good as PC’s offense was, though, BC’s was just a step ahead of them all game. The Eagles once again answered with three straight goals to pull back ahead 6-3 in the third period, and while the Friars did get one back, there just wasn’t enough time for them to mount any serious comeback. BC added an empty netter for the 7-4 final.
Next up for the Eagles is a game up in Syracuse against a struggling Orange team that’s opened the season with a record of just 1-6-1. But Cuse partially has its strength of schedule to thank for that — their one win was against Providence, and their other games were against #1 Wisconsin, the always tough Northeastern, and the WCHA’s Bemidji State.
With the Eagles needing to head up to Syracuse less than 24 hours after their home game against Providence, they’ll need to be careful not to let this turn into a trap game.