Get well soon, Charlie Davies

Get well soon, Charlie Davies

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Reason #14552 why I'm dying for the Bruins to sweep the Habs

I've been busy with work, but once the next week or so is over, I'll be back to blogging about BC baseball and softball.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

NHL playoff time

Last night, both teams starring BC alums won their playoff openers. Pittsburgh (Andrew Orpik, Rob Scuderi, and Bill Guerin) thumped Philadelphia, 4-1 - and Bill Guerin dropped the gloves and won a convincing fight in the final seconds. 

Meanwhile, the BC-heavy Devils bounced back from their late-season slump to down Carolina, 4-1.

The Bruins begin their quest tonight and I'm hoping for a long playoff run here in Boston.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Missed opportunity for softball

BC softball (14-21) rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 6th to force extra innings with #17 ranked UMass (21-6), but the Minutemen clubbed a solo homer in the 9th inning to top the Eagles, 4-3.

It was part of an up-and-down day in BC athletics. 

The baseball team bounced back from last night's Beanpot disappointment to throttle Rhode Island, 10-0. LinkMickey Wiswall hit a 2-run homer and six Eagles pitchers combined to four-hit URI.

Meanwhile, the women's lacrosse team was downed by BU, 13-6.

I'm working on a feature story on new hockey recruit Patrick Wey for I'll post a link as soon as it's up.

Monday, April 6, 2009

A Palm Sunday miracle

I passed by Shea Field in the 4th inning of yesterday's rubber game between the Eagles and the NC State Wolfpack, and saw that it was 10-2, 'Pack.

I went off and did other things for a few hours, expecting the game to be long over by the time I got back to Edmond's Hall. As I walked toward my room, I heard PA announcements coming from Shea. I joked that maybe the Eagles were in the midst of a miraculous comeback which prolonged the game.

Sure enough, that was the case. After trailing 10-2 in the 6th inning, BC scored nine runs in three innings to go up 11-10. Mike Belfiore came in and closed the door on NC State in the 9th, handing BC what was quite possibly their biggest and most exciting home win since joining the ACC.

The Eagles are now 19-10 overall and a very respectable 7-6 in ACC play. Something's brewin' at Shea Field.

BC's next game is tomorrow night against UMass in the Baseball Beanpot semifinals, to be held in Brockton's Campanelli Stadium.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Happy UConn Elimination Day

It's always a good day.

Hopefully the UConn women are next.

Hey, at least the 20% of UConn players who actually graduate still have something to look forward to...

Pack win game 1

NC State just put the finishing touches on an 8-4 victory over BC baseball at Shea Field in game 1 of today's doubleheader (yesterday's game was postponed to this morning due to rain). 

The Eagles and the Wolfpack are starting game 2 as we speak.

The football team just finished up their first scrimmage - I'll link to my story on once it's posted.

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-BC baseball won game 2 of the doubleheader, 8-6, setting up a crucial rubber game tomorrow at 1 PM.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Two seasons - baseball, and admissions...

Hockey season's over, basketball season's over... but there are two seasons that are about to get red-hot - baseball season, and admissions season.

The BC baseball team had a successful work week, knocking off both Northeastern and UConn; they look to parlay that into ACC success this weekend against the NC State Wolfpack. But the weather is looking sketchy:

Boston, MA Weather Forecast

So it remains to be seen whether or not tomorrow's game (scheduled for 2:30 PM) actually gets played.

The other big season, admissions season, just got underway as acceptance letters are out to the BC class of 2013. In honor of that, as well as my impending journey through senior year, I have signed up to blog for BC's Student Admissions Program, giving my take on day-to-day life at BC.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

No banners this year

And so, just like that, it's ovah. South Florida upends BC, 82-65 (although the game was much closer than that score would indicate).

Year one of the Sylvia Crawley era in BC women's basketball has come to an end, and it's safe to say that the future is bright. 

We saw, this year, a young, exciting, developing team - a team with much better physical and mental toughness than they had one year ago, more scoring threats than they had one year ago, and certainly more fun to watch than they were one year ago.

Next year's starting lineup could look a lot like this year's, with one more year of vital experience - Thoman, Picco, Brown, Murphy, Swords. Of course, it could include freshman Jasmine Gill, who really came to life during the NIT - or one of Crawley's highly-touted new recruits. Thus, I feel pretty confident that next year, the Eagles will be playing in the 'other' tournament. 

Still, it's disappointing to see this year's run come to an end. They were right there with South Florida for most of the game, and in fact led by 6 when it all started to come unglued with about 11 minutes to go. SF turned a 6 point deficit to a 10 point lead in the blink of an eye, with some deadly 3 point shooting combined with spotty BC foul shooting and just a few minutes of getting the Eagles off of their game. BC successfully pounded it inside to Swords early in the game, with a good mix of outside shots keeping the Bulls honest. But in the 2nd, SF was able to lock down on Swords. SF did a great job limiting Murphy, as well, holding her to 3 points, and the outside shooting was never quite enough to get them back into it.

I'm really sad to see Corey Rusin's career end. She truly is one of my favorite BC athletes, a hard worker, and a great person. I wish they could have made it to the final for her and Brittany Johnson and Victoria Jones.

But the season was what it was - a stepping stone. Get used to seeing BC playing in late March and maybe even early April. This program is on the rise.

WNIT: BC vs. USF preview

Read my interview with head coach Sylvia Crawley previewing tonight's WBB game between BC and South Florida here.

Baseball cruises to win

The Eagles beat up on the Northeastern Huskies 12-2 on a chilly afternoon at Shea Field to improve to 16-9 on the season.

Mike Belfiore and Tony Sanchez each hit homers for BC, while sophomore Pat Dean pitched six scoreless innings to get the win. Dean also wriggled out of a bases loaded, 0 out jam in the second inning.

BC looks  to complete the Husky 1-2 punch tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Storrs Correctional Facility to take on the Other Huskies, before hosting NC State this weekend in ACC play.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Afternoon at the ballpark

It's time for another BC baseball game, this time against Northeastern. And just like on Saturday, we're pretty blessed to have some decent weather for this one after a day of cold and rain yesterday. The start time has been moved to 3:30 to give the field some extra time to dry out.

The Eagles came back for a 6-5, 12-inning win over the Huskies at NU on March 17.

Pat Dean (2-1, 4.88 ERA)  will get the start for the Eagles, who come into the game with a 15-9 record (5-5 ACC).

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Revere fail

It's generally my policy to never write anything negative about an individual on this blog, only good or bad comments about teams in general... but AGH, Jerry Pollastrone, you are so on my crap list right now, even if you are from Reveahh.

How do you throw the puck into your own net with the Frozen Four on the line? Absolutely unbelievable.

UNH comes up with new and creative ways to fail miserably. It really is remarkable.

The worst part is that the miserable Wildcats somehow managed to outplay BU during the 3rd period. They had much better chances than BU did, including one JVR bid that Millan stopped with a stunning high glove save. And to make matters worse for the future Flyer, it was JVR's moronic penalty with under two minutes to play, along with Pollastrone's WTF?! moment, that put an end to BU's 12 year Frozen Four drought.

Also to blame: UNH's "power play," which went something like 1-for-60 during the last month of the season. They generated absolutely nothing during their one power play chance in the 3rd.

So, it's on to the least sexy Frozen Four ever:

(1) Boston University (HEA)
(3) University of Vermont (HEA)

(4) Bemidji State (CHA)
(4) Miami University (CCHA)

I'm thinking BU rolls through DC like British solders during the War of 1812, but Vermont did beat them 2-of-3 this year.

Tonight's good news comes from the women's basketball team, which dropped Georgetown 65-56 to advance to the WNIT Final Four. (I had no idea they called it the "Final Four," which sounds preposterous to me; I'm just going to call it the WNIT semifinal.)

BC will host South Florida on Wednesday night at 7 PM to battle for a spot in the title game.

WNIT + Men's hockey tournament = MASSIVE

I've been meaning to post since Thursday night, but I haven't really had the time... so this is going to be a bit of a mega-post.  

On Thursday, three of us trekked down to St. John's University in New York City to watch the Eagles take home the win in the 3rd round of the WNIT. 

It was one of those stupid, random trips that turned out to be one of the best trips of the year. While St. Johns' campus is pretty much a dump, Carnesecca Arena is gorgeous. Every time I go to a hockey- or basketball-specific arena, I am reminded of how woeful 'multi-purpose' facilities are. 

And the game itself was fantastic, with the Eagles surviving a brilliant second-half surge by the Red Storm to win, 68-64. Stefanie Murphy went off, scoring 23 points to lock down the victory and boost BC into the quarterfinals, to be held this evening at 5 PM against Georgetown in Conte Forum.

While I'm sure everyone wishes the Eagles made the NCAA tournament, this winning experience could be great for the freshmen and sophomores. And raising a banner to the rafters is always nice, even if it is the NIT. So GO EAGLES - three more wins!

But the event that gripped me all weekend was the men's college hockey tournament. Despite the absence of Boston College, this has arguably been the greatest tournament I've ever seen. 

Just unbelievable drama from all 4 regionals: Last-second goals (literally) by UNH over North Dakota and Minn.-Duluth over Princeton forced overtime and allowed each to advance. Northeastern caved in to allow two goals in the final 3 minutes to lose 3-2 against Cornell. Vermont and Air Force battled into double overtime, with the Catamounts advancing to the Frozen Four. #4 seed Bemidji State stunned Notre Dame, 4-1, and fellow #4 seed Miami has punched its ticket to DC with romps over Denver and Duluth.

Just way too much action to jam into two days. 

There really are no words, just enjoy these videos.

The only bad news about all of these upsets is that it looks like BU has a clear path to the national championship. Who's going to stop them? Miami?

But the way this tournament is going, you never know. I'm pulling hard for UNH today - not just because they're playing BU, but because Revere's Jerry Pollastrone powered their miracle against North  Dakota, and because I really do feel bad for their fans' suffering. 

Two good things, no matter what happens:
-Hockey East will have two Frozen Four teams... and the WCHA will have a big fat zero
-I will definitely have someone to root hard for in the national championship game in DC: either UNH or UVM, or whoever plays against BU. ;)

Unfortunately, it's all kind of downhill from here. After 4 games on Friday and 6 crazy games yesterday, we just get 2 tonight (BU vs. UNH at 5, Cornell vs. Bemidji State at 8), 2 on Frozen Four Thursday, and the national title game. Sad. I could watch this stuff for weeks on end - the drama, action, and passion is simply unmatched. Every day, I feel like kissing the ground and thanking the Lord that I was one of the fortunate few college students who enrolled in a school that has Division I hockey. While I often wish BC fans were more passionate and involved, I'm lucky enough to be at a school that's allowed me to deepen my attachment to this great sport, and that's given me some awesome memories in conference and national tournaments.

WNIT photos from St. John's:

The "beautiful" SJU campus-

Carnesecca arena lobby

The arena itself (pretty sweet)

The game


BC-GTown at 5 PM today at Conte. Go Eagles!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The SJU road block

After getting past BU in round 2 of the WNIT, the Eagles head to New York City tonight to take on the St. John's Red Storm in what has become a problematic matchup for the Eagles. SJU bounced BC from the NIT in this round last year, and topped the Eagles at home back in December in the St. John's holiday tournament.

Two friends and I will be driving down for the game, seeing as this is probably our last chance for a random road trip this semester.

If the Eagles win, they will be at home over the weekend for the NIT quarterfinals.


In hockey news, according to San Jose Sharks sources, the Nick Petrecki era at BC is over. Best wishes Nick, and bring the pain to the NHL.

We really need another defenseman or two to commit for next season.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Women's NIT Monday night

The task of keeping alive the BC revenue sports season is heaped upon the women's basketball team tonight, as they take on BU at Conte Forum in the 2nd round of the women's NIT.

In a way, this makes it almost good that the Eagles got snubbed from the NCAA tournament. Conte Forum is not dormant for the summer just yet, and the Eagles are more than capable of keeping their season going for another two weeks, straight through the NIT final. 

They have a pretty decent chance of winning the whole thing and bringing home some hardware. Another trophy in the case could take off some of the sting off of what's been a very disappointing year in BC athletics. We've been trophy-deprived this season, so I'll take anything - even the WNIT.

The Terriers are coming off an outstanding season in which they went undefeated in conference play before pulling a Patriots, losing the America East final to Vermont (please, dear God, let that happen to UConn women's basketball in the NCAAs).  They easily brushed aside Central Connecticut last week to punch their ticket to round 2.

Gametime is 7:05 PM.


Two other events at Conte this week: on Tuesday, the women's hockey team hosts a charity sled hockey event to raise money for the Massachusetts Hospital School. And on Wednesday, the event you've all been waiting for - my intramural hockey team, Cool Runnings, takes on Mug for the league title. Ohhhh, yeah.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

NCAA Hockey tournament predictions

BU 6
Ohio State 0

North Dakota 4
New Hampshire 2

North Dakota 2
BU 3


Michigan 2
Air Force 3

Yale 2
Vermont 1

Air Force 0


Notre Dame 4
Bemidji State 0

Northeastern 2
Cornell 1

Notre Dame 2
Northeastern 0


Denver 4
Miami 0

Minnesota Duluth 2
Princeton 1

Denver 3
Minnesota-Duluth 2


BU 10
Yale 0

Denver 3
Notre Dame 1


Denver 2
BU 1

Saturday, March 21, 2009

An abrupt ending

That was quick.

In a span of a few hours, the men's hockey and basketball seasons both came tumbling down to abrupt and disappointing conclusions, with the b-ball team slammed by USC and the hockey team upended by BU 3-2 at the Garden.

The Eagles were 9 minutes away from pulling off the upset in Boston, leading BU 1-0 on a brilliant goal by Ben Smith, when the Terriers put up 3 goals in a dizzying 44-second span. Joe Whitney got one back with 5 minutes to play, but BC couldn't get it done and BU now moves on to face UMass-Lowell in the league championship game. BU will probably beat them like a mule; the talent differential from game 1 to game 2 was striking.

BU really came out and shelled BC in the first period and the Eagles were lucky to survive. But from the second period on, BC began to control the tempo a little more, ultimately resulting in Smith's goal, which he batted out of the air and into the net on a breakaway [reminiscent of a few of BC's goals against UNH last year].

The Eagles killed two penalties early in the 3rd period and spirits were high as we approached the final minutes of the game looking to hang on. But it all caved in so quickly... and that was that.

I'll probably be going to the Manchester regional next week but it certainly won't be the same without BC.

This senior class has nothing to be ashamed of despite this season. 3 national championship games, 1 national title, 2 Hockey East championships... this class leaves the Heights with a lot of good memories. Thanks to all of them and best of luck in the future.


All we've got left to carry the winter sports flame is the WNIT. The Eagles host BU on Monday night in their NIT opener after the Terriers defeated Central Connecticut.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Looking for a threepeat

Hoping to see this scene again this weekend:

Sunday, March 15, 2009


It was a surprise, and yet it wasn't a surprise, all at the same time.

When Middlemarch tickets went on sale, the date - March 21 - gave me pause, as I knew it was the night of Hockey East finals. I thought, however, that there was no way BC would be at the Garden (but I was still going to skip the dance to go see the final, regardless of who was in it).

How silly of me.

BC is back at the Garden again after a fantastic 60 minute all-around performance tonight at UNH, topping the Wildcats 1-0 on an early Matt Price goal.

John Muse was simply brilliant in net, bailing BC out on a few scrums during UNH power plays, making two big stops in the final minute, and making some high glove saves, too. If Muse gets back going the way he did in the tournament last year, then we could be on the verge of a serious run.

I liked BC's toughness, responding quickly and swiftly to UNH players running Muse, throwing some good hits, and being defensively stout when they had to be.

With the results of tonight's games (Lowell sweeps UVM, NU and BU are both sent to Game 3s with UMass and Maine, respectively), BC just needs one upset tomorrow night to avoid the Red Menace on the semifinals.

Scenarios -

BU and Northeastern advance:

BU vs BC - 5 PM
UML vs Northeastern - 8 PM

BU wins, NU loses

BU vs UMass - 5 PM
UML vs BC - 8 PM

BU loses, NU wins

NU vs Maine - 5 PM
UML vs BC - 8 PM

BU loses, NU loses

UML vs Maine - 5 PM
BC vs UMass - 8 PM

The traveling fan support for BC was incredible tonight. There weren't many of us but we were all loud and into the game - and having the BC pep band in the house made a huge difference. Kudos to every BC fan who came out - I'm very proud to be an Eagle tonight.

The women's hockey team's season came to an end this afternoon in Minnesota but the lady Eagles can hold their heads up high after a 4-3 loss to the Gophers. BC fell behind 3-0 and 4-1 early but battled back to make it close, and BC fans in attendance have described it as BC's best effort ever. I buy it, from the parts I saw on video. Sadly, without Stack or Schaus it could be a rough transition next year, but the pieces are in place for BC to become a powerful program in women's hockey.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Does anyone have a watch?

Mine says "crunch time" and around this time of year, UNH's says "choke time." It's not over yet - UNH will surely come out firing tomorrow night - but tonight's reappearance of playoff-intensity BC was fun to watch. 

The Eagles came out and absolutely blitzed the Wildcats off of their home ice and silenced the crowd with early leads of 4-o and 5-1.

UNH scored two shorthanded goals to claw back to 5-3, but that was all they'd get. 

Really fantastic effort, and a great night all around, as BC fans were pretty loud from start to finish.

I'm hoping there's no need for a Game 3.

Sunday, March 8, 2009


Last year, in the regular season's final weekend, BC lost to Northeastern in overtime on Friday night. Then, on Saturday, they stampeded the Huskies en route to a victory in the finale.

This season, BC did the exact same - following up an OT loss to Northeastern in the season's penultimate game with a complete, outstanding performance on Senior Night to cap off the regular season, beating NU 4-1.

The Eagles head to Durham, NH this weekend to take on UNH in the Hockey East quarterfinals. It's going to be an amazing series.

The women's hockey team plays for a championship today, playing UNH in the Hockey East championship, also in Durham; the game is at 12:30 and will be on NESN at 4:00 PM.

And hey, how about Rakim Sanders? The man has no fear.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Renewed faith

My closest hockey-watching friends, aside from my small group at BC, all go to Northeastern, and the DogHouse gang has adopted a motto for this year - "Now is the time!"

All year long, I've been saying "BC's motto is: Later is the time!"

But I've been waiting and waiting, and it was beginning to look like Later wouldn't come this year. While it's going to take a miracle to go on the kind of run that we've seen the last 3 years in a row, there's now a glimmer of hope, as the Eagles fought hard to come back from an 0-3 deficit to beat Providence 4-3 at Schneider Arena, picking up their first weekend sweep since the Maine series which seems like forever ago. 

There are always times when, as a fan, you wonder if all the worry and the stress and the expense for something you can't control is worth anything, but nights like these make it rewarding: a fun, exciting road win, on the road with good friends... adversity, hope, belief - all of the intangible stuff that makes this all worthwhile. I left Schneider with the buzz that you can't possibly feel leaving a movie or a concert or a show, no matter how good it is. That's what keeps me coming back.

Really, they should have never been behind 3-0. BC came out strong and outshot and outplayed Providence in the first two frames, but they had bad bounces or missed open nets at least 5 or 6 times. Meanwhile it seemed like every time Providence ambled into the attacking zone, they scored. They even scored a 4th goal in the 2nd period, which was correctly waved off due to goaltender interference; I hoped that would be a turning point, and it was.

In retrospect I'm glad they didn't jump out to an early lead. I'm glad they had to do something tonight that they hadn't done in a while - really show fire and determination. They had to Want It. And there can be no doubt that they Wanted It tonight, as they played with the kind of confidence and fire we saw in the tournament last season. 

It's only Providence, but with the way things have been going this season, I'll take it. They've given us reason to hope, and that's all we can really ask for.

2 down, 10 to go? ;) 

You just never know...

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Hanging on to hope

1 down, 11 to go? 

BC hockey looked as impressive as they have in a long time, destroying Providence 5-1 and lighting the lamp 7 times (two goals were disallowed... one correctly, one incorrectly).

Petrecki had a monster game. I would have named him as one of the 3 stars. Absolutely destroying people all night, but never took himself out of the play. He even made a few hits that directly led to transition opportunities on offense.

I still think the rest of the defensive corps is shaky (see: PC's 2-on-0) and the PP needs work, but the forwards looked GOOD tonight. Lit the lamp 7 times even though only 6 were goals and only 5 counted. Crisp, clean passes. Strong on the puck, getting it in deep, making things happen.

I LOVE seeing Almeida and Atkinson on the same line. They did that against Maine and burned them all weekend. Hope to see them stay together the rest of the year, don't care who the 3rd guy is. 

Whitney had his best game in a while. One play that really stands out in my memory - Whitney was in the corner, Providence was skating the puck out of their defensive zone, and Whit chased him down and knocked the puck off his stick and hummed it back in deep. Good strong play. He's playing with a fire that wasn't there before.

And how can you not love Kucharski? What a story, the guy's a beast. Does my neighbors in Saugus proud and makes up for the fact that that hack Lawrence is from there.

We'll see what happens tomorrow. I'm looking forward to the trip.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Burnt out

UNH 4, BC 2 

Keeping it short and sweet: they turned it on late, but fell just short. I feel that may be the story of the season, too.

I'm encouraged by the good play in the final 15 minutes, but disappointed that it took them that long to seem to be interested in the game.

Giving up a goal with 4 seconds left in the first period came back to bite them.


BC women's hockey 1, Providence 1 (PC wins shootout, 1-0)

I hate senior days. They're a reminder that I'm getting old. I'm really going to miss this senior class, as they provided a lot of the memories that I've treasured during my time at the Heights. 
(Photo credit: Melissa Wade, +


I'm going to be taking a blogging hiatus for a week, as I feel like I need to take a week-long sports hiatus as well. I'm experiencing a little burnout, and things just aren't as fun for me as they usually are [even with the teams that are winning]. I feel half-detatched from every game I'm at and feel like I need a break. I'd try to do a Lent-like break, except the big tournaments are coming up... but I'll probably do a long one at some point this summer.

But for now, coinciding with a week in which I have 3 midterm exams, I'll be taking a hiatus until Friday night's game against Providence [except for my EagleInsider stories... I do not need a break from making money]. No games, and no incessant checking of the blogs and of scores 'til then.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Women's hockey clinches first-round bye

BC earns the #2 seed  in the Hockey East tournament with an impressive 5-1 win at Providence. Allie Thunstrom scored two, with one goal each by Mary Restuccia, Kelli Stack, and Maggie Taverna.

Thunstrom was absolutely electric, playing perhaps her best game since her one-person rally last year in Minnesota. She scored just 14 seconds into the game, batting in a rebound off a shot by Stack. 

Later in the period, with the score 2-0, she scored a brilliant goal, breaking in down the right side on a 2-on-1 with Restuccia. Restuccia was well-covered. Allie faked a pass to her, getting the goalie to decommit from the shot slightly, then ripped a quick wrister past her.

Providence's  Schneider Arena

The Hockey East quarterfinals will be next weekend and the Eagles will be able to sit home and watch, along with #1 seed UNH. The semifinals and finals will be the weekend of March 7-8 at UNH.

BC hosts PC  today in the regular season finale - still a meaningful game in terms of national rankings.

The men's hockey team picked up another loss in Durham last night... make it stop?

In better news, the baseball team started the year with an 8-7 win at Stetson.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Cry UNCle

UNC 92, BC WBB 68.

I actually knew the game was lost pretty early on, even when BC jumped out to a good-sized early lead.

The Eagles were off to a furious start, leading 18-6 a few minutes into the game. But even while BC was dominating, forcing turnover after turnover and playing lockdown defense, the Eagles' shooting was ice cold. Swords didn't record her first point until halfway through the first frame, and the usually dead-on Mickel Picco, after swishing a 3 on the opening possession, kept clanging shot after shot, and even airballed one. 

BC had a chance to really bury UNC early, and they didn't take full advantage of it.

Then, UNC went on an itty-bitty 84-50 run the rest of the way.

The Eagles are still in decent shape to make the NCAA tournament, but they're absolutely going to have to beat both Virginia and NC State, while making a respectable showing on the road against Maryland. Then they must win their first ACC tournament game. Anything less will leave BC on the wrong side of the bubble.

BC travels  to UVA on Sunday at 5 PM.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

It's Thursday already...

and the women's basketball team takes on UNC tonight. To read about the women's basketball team, check out the EagleInsider women's hoops notes column by my colleage Diana Nearhos (BC '11).

My hockey weekend preview is up at EI as the men battle UNH this weekend in a home-and-home.

Grant has posted part 2 of what will be a long series of retrospective videos from last year's national championship team. Here, he presents highlights from the best game I've ever attended in person - BC's 5-4, 3 OT win over UNH in last year's Hockey East semifinals.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


It's kind of a slow week in BC athletics, but this weekend makes up for it with three truckloads of action. One of this weekend's events: the start of BC baseball season. 

Yes, baseball. It's freezing outside, but it's nice and warm in Deland, Florida, where the baseball team heads this weekend for a 4-game set with Stetson University.

If you're interested in BC baseball, read on Friday  for my season preview interview with catcher Tony Sanchez.

Photo credit:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Women's basketball notches win #18

It took a few weeks, but the women's basketball team picked up their 18th win of the season last night, beating Miami 71-64 on the road in Coral Gables. They're now 18-7 and 6-4 in the ACC. 

Carolyn Swords and Stefanie Murphy dominated again for BC, both notching double-doubles. Swords had 24 points to lead BC, while Corey Rusin continued her senior-year resurgence with 13 points off the bench.

Although the women don't have the two elite wins that the men have, they're actually in better shape as far as the NCAA bubble goes, as they sit in the mid-30s in RPI. This is most likely due to the fact that they don't have a Harvard or a St. Louis-type loss on their resume.

They can really do wonders for their prospects on Thursday night when they host UNC at Conte Forum in the "Think Pink" Breast Cancer Awareness game.  All fans wearing something pink receive free admission. BC will be asking for optional donations to breast cancer research at the door. 

Of course, all students receive free admission to every game anyway. So if you're a BC student and you're not doing anything on Thursday, be there.

Monday, February 16, 2009

BC finally bests Duke

 Every now and then, it feels like we're at a legitimate big time athletics school. Those moments are fleeting, but my God, they sure are gratifying.

The Eagles have now defeated every team in the ACC since joining the league.

I don't hate Duke the way some (most?) people do, but I still hate that weasel Paulus from his tussle with Hinnant in the 2006 ACC championship game. To see him suck it up on the court at Conte was great.

The refs were characteristically bad, but that's to be expected against Duke. Really not surprising at all.

Joe Trapani was a monster tonight. And how can you not love Reggie Jackson? His 3 with about 8 minutes left was one of the top 5 key plays of the game.

Storming the court was fun, and it was especially good to see Gene DeFilippo personally clearing people out of the courtside seats and moving chairs out of the way to give students a lane to run onto the court. A few mouthbreathers from TeamOps tried to hold students back, which really only made things more dangerous as they were getting trampled from all sides.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Women's hockey team one win from first-round bye in Hockey East tournament

While the men's hockey team's slide continued with a 4-4 tie at UMass-Lowell, the women brightened Saturday with an exciting 4-3 shootout win over Boston University. 

With the win, BC now just needs to split its final series against Providence next weekend to lock down the #2 seed in the Hockey East playoffs. 6 teams make the tournament, and the top 2 receive byes into the semifinals, which will be held at UNH's Whittemore Center on March 7-8.

BC controlled much of the game, but a few defensive breakdowns let BU back in it. Then the Eagles seemed to really hit a wall late in the 3rd and in OT, and barely crawled into the shootout. Once they did, BC was able to hand BU its first shootout loss of the year.

GWG animation:

Saturday, February 14, 2009


In moments of hyperbole, I've often described games as the 'best ever' or the 'worst ever.' But I can't honestly begin to think of something that could possibly be more painful, more embarrassing, and more depressing that could happen in a sporting event than watching BC hockey lose to UMass-Lowell 6-0.

The Northeastern game was one thing. This was another matter entirely. Crucial Hockey East points were on the line against a team with maybe one player who could even crack BC's roster. And we got annihalated.

Add that to sitting in the dismal worst atmosphere in major D-1 college hockey [even before the game started to suck], and you have a recipe for a long and miserable night.

The only good news from yesterday was that I acquired DVDs of all of last year's Beanpot, Hockey East and NCAA games. I may or may not have pounded alcohol and watched the UNH 3-ot game at my friend's apartment last night. Good times...

The best part about this acquisition is that our big moments can now go on Youtube. Enjoy reliving the title game - and especially enjoy 5:59 :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

PHOTOS: The women's Beanpot game-winning goal

Thunstrom breaks down the right side...

Finding an open Kelli Stack...

Who sees the light...

And buries it!

The end result:

Photos by Mike Lee

BC women win 3rd Beanpot in 4 years

Melissa Wade [,]

BC 1, Harvard 0
SOG Harvard 40, BC 23

Those two stats tell a lot of the story, but not all of it. This was an intense, fun, thrilling game from start to finish, and each and every BC player should be incredibly proud of her effort tonight.

Molly Schaus has to be in the discussion for best goalie in the NCAA. 40 saves - including a number of highway robberies. She made one impossible sprawling save in the 3rd period to preserve the lead.

Defense played hard and did a good job weathering the Harvard storm. The first period was basically like a giant BC penalty kill. The Eagles did a good job winning races to the puck, dumping it out when necessary, and preventing rebound opportunities.

The Crimson, who for whatever reason elect to roll 2 lines despite having a full roster, began to wear themselves out in the 2nd and early in the 3rd, especially since they were on the PK a lot - tons of dumb penalties. Their chances got weaker and the shot disparity closed.

On a BC penalty kill with 9 minutes left, Allie Thunstrom picked off a D-to-D pass and broke in two-on-one w/ Kelli Stack. Stack slowed down and stayed a few feet behind the play, and right when Thunstrom was coming up to the goal line, she slid it over to Stack to her left. They had the goalie moving left-to-right and Stack ripped it inside the far post for the only goal.

Just awesome.

We flew back as quickly as possible and were able to catch the last 9 minutes of the basketball game - i.e., we were just in time for the late-game meltdown. My goodness, we need people who can rebound.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

BU takes back Beanpot; BC snags 3rd

Benn Ferriero scored two goals, including one with 40 seconds left, to lift BC to a 4-3 win over Harvard in the Beanpot consolation game, sending BC fans into a state of........zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. It was a particularly lackluster edition of a game that is designed for lacklusteriness. 

The Eagles are now 4-1-1 in their last 6.  Is a run coming?

BU took back the Beanpot with a 5-2 win over Northeastern, courtesy of three shorthanded goals. I infiltrated the NU DogHouse during this game, and experienced first-hand a real student section experience for the first time in my collegiate life. It was nice, but it would have been nicer if NU had won.

As it were, failure continues to dominate the NU Beanpot experience. I have a feeling that they are about to have an epic meltdown and lose their perch from the top of Hockey East.

Women's Beanpot final tonight - BC vs. Harvard. Bring it home, Eagles!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Hockey teams grind out wins

It's all about the two points.

The men's hockey team defeated UMass on Friday night in a dry, defensive struggle that saw both teams play the trap fairly often. Benn Ferriero hummed in a power play goal less than five minutes into the game; from there, BC went on the defensive and grinded out a conference win.

The penalty kill stood strong in the second period, when BC picked up 6 straight minutes of penalties including a large chunk of 5-on-3.

Paul Carey went from healthy scratch to a crucial part of the power play. Only BC hockey.

It was great to see John Muse pick up a shutout after his misadventures on Monday. Hopefully, this helps restore his confidence.

5 PM Monday... see ya there.

As for the women -

They beat Maine 2-0 at Conte. The first two periods were awful. BC just about constantly had the puck, but did nothing with it, mostly pouring in their shots from the perimeter. They found another gear in the third and picked up two goals to slip away with a victory.

A win's a win, but the Eagles continue to play down to bad competition, which could bite them if they're not careful. Also, BC's transition game can be painful to watch sometimes. They often force plays that aren't there, driving it into traffic up the middle when there are lanes available up the boards.

UMaine's goalie, Genevieve Turgeon, deserves a lot of credit. BC could have easily poured in 4 or 5 goals in the 3rd period, but Turgeon made a number of great sprawling saves to keep the Eagles out. BC also hit a post and a crossbar in pursuit of the elusive winning goal, which didn't come until the halfway mark in the 3rd period.

For all the grousing, if the season ended today, the men and women would both be in NCAAs. For that, I am grateful.

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
  • Sailing:
  • 2008 - ICSA Women's National Champions
  • 2008 - ICSA Co-Ed National Champions
  • Football:
  • 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

  • OVERALL 67-27-3 = 97 games
  • Football 6-0
  • M Hockey 17-6-1
  • M Basketball 14-4
  • W Hockey 13-6-2
  • W Basketball 6-3
  • Softball 3-1
  • W Soccer 3-1
  • M Soccer 3-1
  • Baseball 2-4
  • W Lax 0-1

Best Moments

  • 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!