I didn't even bother posting after yesterday's women's hockey game. I was too ticked off at what was some blatantly piss-poor officiating. The Eagles should have squeaked out a tie against #4 St. Lawrence, but they were denied a tying goal by a brain-dead goal judge.
Today, BC played with renewed vigor and heart, turning out a performance that reminded me of last season. Molly Schaus stood on her head, making 57 (!!!) saves as BC beat the Saints 5-2. Allie Thunstrom scored two goals, Lindsay Wright got her first goal of the year, and Becky Zavisza got out of a skid with a nice goal.
Molly Schaus and Allie Thunstrom were the MVPs today, but I think a nod has to go to Katelyn Kurth, who had a goal in addition to playing rock-solid defense. She was everywhere in the defensive zone, blocking shots, making poke checks, making solid clearances - just doing all the little things that have been missing from BC's defense.
The Eagles special teams were also incredibly encouraging.
-BC notched a power play goal in the first period to tie the game at 1 after starting off poorly
-The Eagles killed off a 1:13 5-on-3 at the start of the second period, which was absolutely the turning point in the game
It was an all around encouraging day and I can't wait to see if they keep it up Tuesday night @ #2 Harvard. It will be a challenge, no doubt - but I always believe in Molly Schaus. If BC's forwards can get it cranking, then we're in business. There's a long way to go before we can get too excited, but let's treat this as we should: an encouraging, exciting upset win over a very good St. Lawrence team.
The women's basketball team also made me smile last night, scoring a huge win in their ACC opener at Virginia Tech. Making it more impressive was the fact that Murphy played limited minutes. Swords (20 points), Thoman (a career high 14 points) and Brown (11) led the way - very encouraging indeed.
Maybe it's all an omen for Kansas tomorrow!!! We can only hope.
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