Keeping tabs on the various goings on across Boston College athletics.
Any hopes of making this year's ACC Soccer Championship have been all but dashed following a 4-1 #beatemdown at Wake Forest on Saturday. Despite only getting out-shot 14-11 on the day, BC got beat soundly on the flanks all game. The Eagles have conceded four or more goals in a game just six times dating back to the 2007 ACC Championship season and have lost by three or more goals in a match just four times previously over that same span. The team's victory over then-no. 1 Notre Dame is looking more and more like an aberration in an otherwise dismal season.
Earlier in the week, BC and Brown played to a 1-1 draw at Babson College. The Eagles are now 4-5-3 on the year.
Two games this week--both "home"--against Boston University on Tuesday night and North Carolina on Friday night. BC is 6-1 against BU in its last seven matchups and beat the Terriers 2-1 in overtime last season. Not so much against the Tar Heels...the Eagles are winless in their last six vs. UNC (0-5-1), outscored 13 to 3.
Last Tuesday, the men's golf team participated in the Maryland Terrapin Invitational for their final outing of the fall. The Eagles (+26) placed 4th in a field of 12 teams behind host Maryland (+4), Loyola (Maryland) (+9) and Elon (+25).
The program is now off until the spring season starts back up in March.
Three men's tennis players are currently competing in the ITA Regional Championships from October 16-21 in Flushing Meadow, N.Y. Senior Philip Nelson, sophomore Hank Workman and freshman Kent Mukai are representing the program at the championship.
The Boston College women's soccer team notched another big victory in ACC play with a 1-0 overtime victory over N.C. State. Sophomore Hayley Dowd was once again the hero, scoring four minutes into overtime to lead BC past the Wolfpack.
Only three games left in the regular season. Boston College hits the road for two in North Carolina at Wake Forest (Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m.) and Duke (Sunday, October 26 at 1 p.m.) before returning "home" for the regular season finale against Notre Dame on November 1.
The Eagles improve to 10-6-0 (3-4-0 ACC) on the year and gain some ground in the conference standings (which somehow the conference makes work with 14 programs, 10 league games and no artificial and pointless division constructs).
The field hockey team won a pair of games over the weekend, including notching yet another upset over a top 10 outfit. Eryn McCoy scored the game-winner just four minutes into overtime to lift the Eagles to a 2-1 victory over #9 Louisville. The loss was the Cardinals first home loss in more than a year.
Here's McCoy's game-winner:
#9 Louisville joins #2 UConn and #4 Syracuse as top 10 programs the Eagles have knocked off this season.
On Sunday, the Eagles followed up the Louisville win with a decisive 5-1 victory over visiting Cal, which was also in town for a road game at Louisville on Saturday (the Bears lost 4-0).
With the weekend sweep down in Louisville, Boston College improves to 11-5 (2-4 ACC) on the year. Eight of those 16 games have gone to some form of overtime. The Eagles are currently in sixth (of seven) in the ACC standings with only a home game against Virginia remaining. The Cavaliers are 12-4 overall (4-1 ACC) and in sole possession of first place.
Women's Cross Country
The 17th ranked women's cross country team was in Madison, Wisconsin over the weekend, competing in the Wisconsin Adidas invite. The team finished 21st in a field of 38 teams, including 15 teams ranked in the top 20 this week. Senior Liv Westphal finished in fourth overall with a 6K time of 19:43.
In a bit of a preview of the ACC Championship--and #OrangeEagle showdown--later this month, the Syracuse women's team placed in 12th, nine spots ahead of BC.
Volleyball had a mixed weekend, defeating Wake Forest in #therivalry 3 sets to 1 on Friday, but falling to Notre Dame in five sets on Sunday. The Irish came into the game with just 1 ACC win on the year. BC won the first two sets--25-23 and 25-19--before dropping the next three 22-25, 18-25 and 7-15.
Despite the setback against the Irish, the volleyball program has made some big strides this year. The Eagles (8-10, 3-4 ACC) currently sit in 9th place in the 15 team league, ahead of Wake (2-5 ACC), Georgia Tech (2-6), Notre Dame (2-6), N.C. State (1-6), Virginia Tech (1-6) and Syracuse (1-7).
The Eagles are back in action next weekend with two games in North Carolina against the Tar Heels (10/24) and N.C. State (10/26).
The varsity women's rowing program competed at the 50th Head of the Charles over the weekend. BC's Women's Alumni Eights placed 24th overall, the Women's Club Fours finished 18th of 59, the Women's Club Eights finished 14th of 34 and the Women's Championship Eights finished 22nd out of 34th.
Cristina McQuiston had a pretty good weekend. The senior won the Hoosier Invitational individual title, as well as going undefeated in match play. As a team, the Eagles tied Illinois State for fifth place overall.