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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
The Trophy Case: BC's honors during my years at school
2006 - Commonwealth Classic Winner
2008 - Commonwealth Classic Winner
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
2007 - ACC Regular Season Champions
2007 - ACC Tournament Champions
2006 - Sweet Sixteen
2008 - Sweet Sixteen
2007 - Beanpot Champions
2007 - Frozen Four
2009 - Beanpot Champions
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
Non-BC NCAA Games: 12
Men's Hockey: 13-6-5
Women's BBall: 8-2
Football: 6-1 + spring game
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
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
M Hockey 17-6-1
M Basketball 14-4
W Hockey 13-6-2
W Basketball 6-3
W Soccer 3-1
M Soccer 3-1
W Lax 0-1
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!