For the first time since Memorial Day weekend, when the women’s lacrosse team fell to Maryland in the NCAA championship game, we have a Boston College “team sport” event to talk about.
Tonight’s BC women’s soccer opener is an exhibition game, but it’s nonetheless a stout early test for the team against a perennially strong UConn program. The Huskies went 19-3-1 last season and are ranked #14 nationally in the preseason coaches poll.
BC Interruption alumnus Dan Rubin extensively profiled the players and coaches of this year’s team earlier this week over on BC Eagles Dot Com; you should definitely check that out if you want an in-depth look at this year’s squad.
The TLDR version? After losing two of their best players in recent memory, Hayley Dowd and McKenzie Meehan, to graduation, the coaches and media are down on the Eagles as the season gets underway. BC was picked #10 of 14 in the ACC preseason poll.
But there’s a reason why this program regularly makes it into the NCAA tournament: they recruit well and they coach well. Rising sophomore Jenna Bike is expected to make a leap this year after putting up 3 goals and 5 assists in her freshman campaign. Fellow freshman Olivia Vaughn notched 5 goals last year as well - the leading goalscorer among returning players. Veteran midfielder Lauren Berman, a redshirt senior, will also be looked to for production.
This year's recruiting class is also strong. Samantha Coffey comes in with extensive experience with the US U-18 national team and a prolific goalscoring record at the youth level. Mijke Roelfsema, a defender, also comes to BC with international experience, playing for the U-19 Netherlands national team in the European championships earlier this year.
BC’s first real games come next weekend in Virginia, when the Eagles partake in the James Madison Cup. BC plays JMU on Friday night, then takes on William & Mary on Sunday, August 20. BC's home slate kicks off the following Friday, August 25, against Vanderbilt.