Sunday, August 31, 2008
Out in Palo Alto, CA, the women's soccer team is currently being whooped by #9 Stanford, 3-0, with less than ten minutes remaining in the game.
Women's volleyball took two out of three matches over the weekend to open up their season.
Men's soccer heads to Providence tomorrow to take on PC at 2:00 PM.
Chris Crane looked to be servicable under center, and he had his moments of excellence. With the exception of one awful forced pass in the red zone that was nearly picked off, Crane made excellent decisions all day. His legs accounted for two of our scores, and he demonstrated some serious arm strength. His accuracy is questionable, but hey - it's game one. In Matt Ryan's first game, BC got thumped by Syracuse in the Worst BC Loss Ever (TM).
Four names that make me smile, which need no further explanation:
Seriously, if we can get kicking like that, it will make a huge difference. Our defense was outstanding last year and it had to stop opponents that consistently started at or near the 40 yard line. Giving them an extra 20 yards can only be helpful.
For all of the defense's flaws (missed tackles, a lack of speed, letting the QB get away from near-sacks one too many times), they shut out Kent State and held Eugene Jarvis to a mere 55 yards. Can't complain.
The win capped off an outstanding first week for BC's fall sports teams.
The BC women's soccer team started it off right last Friday night, downing BU 1-0 at Nickerson Field. The men's soccer team equaled their accomplishment, beating the Terriers 2-1 in Newton in my very first attended sporting event of the year.(Photos coming later.) The field hockey team started with a win over UMass, and the women's soccer team went to 2-0 with a win at Oregon State.
Not bad, eh?
On to week two!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This weekend, I will be in Toronto, enjoying a brief getaway. I'm excited about this, but disappointed that I will be missing the first real game of the season: women's soccer @ BU on Saturday night.
There will also be two exhibition games at the Heights this weekend: men's soccer vs. Northeastern on Friday, and field hockey vs. Connecticut on Sunday.
In other news, the preseason NIT schedule has been released. BC hosts the east regional on November 16 & 17, taking on Loyola (MD) in the opener; if BC gets past Loyola, they will face the winner of St. John's vs. Cornell.
The semifinals & finals are at MSG on November 26 & 28 - a worthwhile road trip, perhaps, although it would be hard to do in mid-week.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
STORRS, Conn. (August 17, 2008) – The University of Connecticut women's soccer team beat Boston College today 2-1 at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in an exhibition match. The Huskies scored two goals within four minutes of each other to close out the first half with a 2-0 lead. Boston College cut the lead in half 20 minutes into the second half but were unable to get any closer as the Huskies defended the Eagles second half attack.
Boston College had an opportunity to take an early lead 7:10 into the game but an offsides penalty negated what could have been their first goal. UConn's first goal came with 6:51 remaining in the first half. Elise Fugowski (Stockholm, N.J.) looped a pass over two Boston College defenders to Sarah Stanczyk (Grosse Point, Mich.) who powered a shot to the top-left corner of the goal just barely getting by the outstretched hands of BC goalie Sarah Buonomo.
Less than four minutes later, on a cross from the right from Brittany Tegeler (Baldwin, Md.), Fugowski found herself with another goal scoring opportunity. Fugowski's shot found the lower left corner of the goal to put the Huskies up 2-0 right before the half.
Boston College came out firing in the second half as they outshot the Huskies 13-2. But only one of the shots made it into the goal. Kelly Henderson took a shot on goal that hit the post drawing goalie Jessica Dulski out of place. Julia Bouchelle took advantage of the Dulski's misplacement striking the ball into an almost open net. But that was as close as BC got as UConn won the game, 2-1 in regulation.
The Huskies will begin their regular season at home Monday, August 25 against Central Connecticut with a game time start of 7:00 p.m.
Earlier in the week, Charlie Davies made his first appearance for the US soccer team and impressed, instantly adding potency to the US attack with great speed and a nose for the net. Unfortunately, his contributions were too little, too late, as the US lost to Nigeria, 2-1, knocking the Americans out of the tournament.
The BC women's soccer team opens their season this afternoon at 1 PM with an exhibition against UConn in Storrs, CT.
The men take on Southeastern Connecticut State tomorrow afternoon at 4 PM, and since I'm a very sick person, I will probably be in attendance.
The Trophy Case: BC's honors during my years at school
- Men's Basketball
- 2006 - Commonwealth Classic Winner
- 2008 - Commonwealth Classic Winner
- Women's Basketball
- 2008 - Caribbean Challenge Winners
- 2008 - Blue Sky Classic Winners
- 2008 - ICSA Women's National Champions
- 2008 - ICSA Co-Ed National Champions
- 2006 - Meineke Car Care Bowl Winner
- 2007 - Ireland Trophy
- 2007 - ACC Atlantic Division Champions
- 2007 - Champs Sports Bowl Winner
- 2008 - Ireland Trophy
- 2008 - ACC Atlantic Division Champions
- Men's Soccer:
- 2007 - ACC Regular Season Champions
- 2007 - ACC Tournament Champions
- Women's Soccer:
- 2006 - Sweet Sixteen
- 2008 - Sweet Sixteen
- Women's Hockey:
- 2007 - Beanpot Champions
- 2007 - Frozen Four
- 2009 - Beanpot Champions
- Men's Hockey:
- 2007 - Hockey East Tournament Champions
- 2007 - Frozen Four
- 2007 - Mariucci Classic Champions
- 2008 - Beanpot Champions
- 2008 - Hockey East Tournament Champions
- 2008 - Frozen Four
- 2008 - National Champions
Games I Attended in '07-'08
- Overall: 51-30-11 + 12 non BC + spring football = 105 games
- Home: 40-25-6 + spring game
- Away: 4-5-5
- Neutral: 7-0
- Non-BC NCAA Games: 12
- Men's Hockey: 13-6-5
- Women's BBall: 8-2
- Football: 6-1 + spring game
- Baseball: 5-1
- Softball: 4-0
- Men's BBall: 6-4
- Women's Hockey: 8-11-5
- Men's Soccer: 1-2-1
- Field Hockey: 0-1
- Women's Soccer: 0-1
Stadiums/Fields Seen 07-08
- Total: 20
- Conte Forum [BC] - (49)
- Alumni Stadium [BC] - (8)
- TD Banknorth Garden - (7)
- Shea Field, Baseball [BC] - (6)
- Newton Soccer Field [BC] - (6)
- Walter Brown Arena [BU] - (4)
- Shea Field, Softball [BC] - (4)
- Matthews Arena [NU] - (3)
- DCU Center [Worcester] - (3)
- Schneider Arena [PC] - (2)
- Ridder Arena [Minnesota] - (2)
- UConn Hockey Arena [Conn] - (2)
- Agganis Arena [BU] - (2)
- Tsongas Arena [UML] - (1)
- Whittemore Center [UNH] - (1)
- Mariucci Arena [Minnesota] - (1)
- Bright Arena [Harvard] - (1)
- Harvard Stadium [Harvard] - (1)
- Newton Field Hockey [BC] - (1)
- Houston Field House [RPI] - (1)
Games I attended in 06-07
- Men's Hockey, 4/12/08 - National Champs.
- Football, 10/26/07 - BC rallies with two touchdowns in the last 2:11 to win at Virginia Tech and maintain their #2 ranking. Students spill out of the dorms and have an impromptu celebration all over campus. What a night. WOW.
- Men's Hockey, 3/30/08 - BC scores 3 goals in 1:58 to come from an 0-2 deficit to a 3-2 lead late in the 2nd against Miami in the NCAA regional final.
- Men's Hockey, 3/30/08 - Joe Whitney's ridiculous diving goal sends BC to the Frozen Four, beating Miami 4-3 in OT.
- Men's Hockey, 3/21/08 - Benn Ferriero's 3OT goal caps a comeback against UNH in the Hockey East semifinals at the Garden.
- Men's Hockey, 2/11/08 - Nick Petrecki's OT goal wins the Beanpot for BC!
- Football, 9/1/07 - BC scores a touchdown to tie the game at 21 right before half time against Wake. BC wins 38-28
- Men's Hockey, 11/30/07 - BU goalie Karson Gillespie gets sent to the box by Benedetto for a swan dive... piss-your-pants laughter follows
- Men's Hockey, 3/15/08 - Nate Gerbe's amazing penalty shot goal makes it 4-0 BC over PC in Game 2 of the HE QFs
- Men's Hockey, 2/4/08 - Gerbe slays BU in overtime
- Men's Hockey, 3/22/08 - BC cruises to another Hockey East title, beating UVM 4-0
- Men's Hockey, 3/29/08 - BC gets past the Gophers 5-2 in the NCAA tournament.
- Men's Hockey, 3/15/08 - BC sweeps the Friars with a pair of 5-1 wins in the HE QFs to advance to the TD Banknorth Garden.
- Women's Hockey, 2/29/08 - Eagles top PC 4-2 in the season's penultimate game to keep their playoff hopes alive. Stack with the ENG to ice it with 4 seconds left.
- Women's Hockey, 1/4/07 - BC kills off a 5-on-3, Lindsay Wright aka CANADA scores a sick goal, and BC upsets #4 SLU 5-2
- Women's Basketball, 1/6/07 - BC stuns NC State with a thrilling 1 point come-from-behind victory
- Men's Soccer, 11/9/07 - BC clinches ACC reg. season title with a win at home against VT.
- Women's Hockey, 01/12/08 - MN native Allie Thunstrom's goal with 1:30 to go gives BC a tie @ #4 Minnesota
- Men's Hockey, 3/14/08 - BC blitzes Providence early and often en route to 5-1 win in Game 1 of HE QFs at BC
- Men's Basketball, 12/23/07 - Tyrese Rice knocks down a floater with less than 5 seconds to play to give BC the 57-55 win over Northeastern.
- Men's Hockey, 1/19/08 - Carl Sneep's goal in the 3rd ties BU 2-2; pandemonium in the student section
- Football, 11/24/07 - BC finally snaps the long losing streak against the U.
- Women's Hockey, 2/10/08 - BC's Stack scores in the 2nd to tie UNH 1-1. We lost, but that was a great moment.
- Women's Basketball, 12/31/07 - Picco nails back to back three pointers as BC wins a thriller against NU
- Baseball, 5/13/08 - BC rallies from big early deficit to beat UConn.
- Softball, 3/26/08 - Fence Girl crashes into the fence, Thunstrom scores winning run, BC downs HC 4-3
- Women's Hockey, 11/29/07 - A clutch goal with under a minute remaining by Stack gives BC a much needed point @ UConn
- Women's Hockey, 3/15/08 - UNH tops St. Lawrence 3-2 in OT to give Hockey East a representative in the Frozen Four.
- Men's Hockey, 11/30/07 - BC explodes for a 3-0 1st period lead en route to a 6-2 win over BU
- Football, 10/7/07 - BC scores 31 points in the 2nd quarter against Bowling Green and rolls to 55-24 win - up to #4 in the country!