Mass. College Lax: BC’s Walker Talks About Upcoming ACC Tourney (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Boston College women’s lacrosse team will be hosting the upcoming ACC Tournament, beginning on Thursday, April 24 when they compete against North Carolina in the first round. The Tar Heels are last year’s National Champions and enter the conference playoffs as the third seed.

Prior to their second meeting with the Tar Heels this season, BC head coach Acacia Walker met the media today to chat about the Eagles’ most recent win against Vermont, as well as their first-round matchup in a video we posted below. The video is from the BC athletic department’s YouTube Channel.

Mass. College Hockey: BC, UML Earns Spots In NCAA Northeast Regional

By NoontimeSports.com 

Two local college hockey teams will be competing in the upcoming NCAA Division 1 Frozen Four, which begins Friday, March 28. However, Boston College and UMass Lowell won’t commence their quests toward Pittsburgh, the site of this year’s championship and semifinals, until Saturday, March 29.

UMass Lowell, which won its second consecutive Hockey East crown last night with a 4-0 win over New Hampshire, will take on Minnesota State-Mankato, while Boston College will face-off against Denver. Both games will be held in Worcester at the DCU Center. BC-Denver is slated for a 4 p.m. start, while UML-Minnesota State-Mankato is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

If the Eagles and River Hawks are both victorious in the first-round, then the Northeast Regional Championship will be a Hockey East showdown. The championship is scheduled for Sunday, March 30 at 5 p.m.

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Mass. College Lax: Early Afternoon Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are the scores from the early afternoon men’s and women’s lacrosse contests. We’ll have more on these games below, as well as the late afternoon tilts later this weekend.

Men’s Lacrosse:

* Springfield 11, Nazareth 10

* Lehigh 10, BU 10

* Loyola (Md.) 16, Holy Cross 4

* UMass 8, Harvard 4

Women’s Lacrosse:

* Yale 10, Holy Cross 8

* BC 9, Ohio State 7

Mass. College Lax: BC, Springfield Pickup Early Season Wins

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are the scores and results from today’s lacrosse contests.

Springfield's Ryon Lynch was a big part in the Pride's first contest of 2014! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Springfield’s Ryon Lynch was a big part in the Pride’s first contest of 2014! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Men’s Lacrosse 

Springfield College 20, Gordon 9: Ryon Lynch recorded five helper, while Ryan Murphy finished with a hat trick and two assists as the Pride cruised past the Fighting Scots in Wenham. Springfield’s Dom Roberto finished with three goals on four shots and Rob Maher recorded eight saves in 30 minutes.

The Fighting Scots were led by Jake Martin, who ended the contest with four points (three goals, one assist).

Springfield finished with 44 shots and 33 ground balls, while Gordon recorded 42 shots and 26 ground balls.

The Pride are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Rochester, New York to take on Nazareth at 12 p.m., while the Fighting Scots return to the grass next Saturday, March 1 when they host SUNY Cobleskill.

Women’s Lacrosse

No. 13/17 Boston College 18, UNH 7: The Eagles received four goals and two assists from Mikaela Rix, along with four goals from Brooke Blue as BC topped the Wildcats in Newton and improved to 8-9 overall against New Hampshire.

Moira Barry also located the back of the net, as she finished with three goals, while Cali Ceglarski recorded her first two strikes of the season.

The Eagles will remain in Newton this weekend when they welcome Ohio State in for a 12 p.m. opening draw.

36th Women’s Boston Beanpot: Boston College Tops Northeastern, 3-0

By NoontimeSports.com 

The 36th Women’s Boston Beanpot tournament concluded this evening with Boston College defeating Northeastern University, 3-0, at Kelley Rink in Chestnut Hill.

BC, which hadn’t won the tournament since defeating Harvard 3-1 in 2011, earned its fifth title in program history. The win also avenged last year’s 4-3 setback to Northeastern.

Taylor Wasylk provided the Eagles with the lead for good when she netted her 10th goal of the season at 16:02 in the first period. BC’s lead would increase to 3-0 in the third, thanks to power play strikes by Meagan Mangene and Melissa Bizzari

BC’s Corinne Boyles improved to 18-5-2 between the pipes as she stopped 25 shots, including 12 during the final frame, while Andie Anastos finished the contest with two assists.

Northeastern netminder Chloe Desjardins deflected 27 of 30 shots, while Katie MacSorley fired eight shots on net.

BC and Northeastern will each return to action on Saturday, February 15 as the Eagles travel to Maine for a 1 p.m. face-off, while the Huskies host Connecticut for a 2 p.m. face-off.

62nd Boston Beanpot: Breaking Down BC’s Win Over NU (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

BOSTON, Mass. – Follow Boston College’s 4-1 win over Northeastern University, their fifth consecutive Boston Beanpot championship, Matt Noonan, along with Richard Murray (Hockey’s Future) and Rich Slate (Metro Boston) discussed the game, as well as the road ahead for both units. 

62nd Boston Beanpot: BC Claims Fifth-Straight Beanpot Crown, Tops NU 4-1

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, Mass. – For the fifth consecutive year, Boston College skated around the TD Garden with the coveted Boston Beanpot cup following their 4-1 victory over Northeastern University.

The win marked the third time in four seasons that the Eagles have topped the Huskies in the tournament’s final and claimed some additional hardware.

“It is something that we strive for and when you accomplish something you strive for it’s a real proud moment,” said Boston College head coach Jerry York, who has guided the Eagles to eight Beanpot championship victories in 15 attempts. “I think a quality we have is we’re happy for other peoples’ success, which is a hard quality to possess.

“Our seniors were talking about how it was great to win four straight as a class, but it was better to look at the freshman and see them win it for the first time. I think that is great that our team can be happy for each others’ success.”

Boston College has a lot to be happy about, especially after their team’s 22nd win. The Eagles, who’ve now won 19 Beanpot championships, will look to continue their momentum heading into the final stretch of the regular season.

BC is currently the top squad in the country and hasn’t dropped a contest since falling to Holy Cross after Thanksgiving.

“Everyone’s working hard every day in practice, no one is taking days off and no one hiding,” said BC senior captain Patrick Brown, who netted two goals last night, including the go-ahead strike at 14:30 in the third period.

“We’ve got talented guys, but they’ve got to work hard too and the guys with less talent have got to work harder.”

The Eagles worked hard for their team’s eighth consecutive win by setting up scoring chances, while assisting first-year goaltender Thatcher Demko, who finished with 29 saves.

“Each possession was just huge for each team,” said Demkow, who is now 11-1-2 between the pipes. “You never knew what was going to happen with guys going up and down the ice here and there, so it was a really fast paced game and a really fun game to be a part of.”

BC’s Kevin Hayes provided the Eagles with a 1-0 lead from the top of the slot during the first period before Northeastern answered in the middle frame with John Stevens, who redirected a shot attempt from Kevin Roy, which sailed past Demko.

The 1-1 tie concluded during the final minutes of the third period when Brown tipped a shot attempt by Isaac MacLeod from the point into the Huskies cage, which provided the Eagles with all the momentum.

“Isaac MacLeod works really hard and he’s always shooting for sticks, he’s got a great shot pass,” said Brown. “I was just trying to find a spot in the slot where he could hit my stick. I was getting mauled a little bit and I fell down, but just got my stick on it because he made a great tape-to-tape pass.”

Northeastern attempted to even the score and force an extra session, but a turnover in the neutral zone with less than two minutes to play resulted in an open net goal by Johnny Gaudreau, which sealed the win.

Brown scored his team’s final goal literally 30 seconds after Gaudreau’s strike when he raced down the nearside wing and flipped the puck past Northeastern goaltender Clay Witt.

“In the third period we just couldn’t match their speed in that third and they came at us and we didn’t have a quick enough response to that,” Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan said. “I thought we did a good job actually on their winning goal in tying up Brown down at the net and he was falling and he had a stick and somehow he got a stick on it and scored the winning goal.

“So, congratulations to (Boston College) and we’ve got another rabbit to chase – we’re chasing a Beanpot rabbit and we’re chasing a Hockey East playoff opportunity. So, we’ll take a day off and then get ready for UMass on Saturday.”

While Northeastern will have an additional day to prepare for the Minutemen, a squad that recently defeated them 3-0, Boston College will get back to work on Friday when they travel to Vermont for a weekend series with the Mountaineers.

Both teams aren’t schedule to face-off again this season, but could meet in the Hockey East playoffs.

62nd Boston Beanpot: BC, Northeastern To Square Off In Beanpot Championship

By Matt Noonan 

Boston College will look to capture its fifth straight Boston Beanpot championship this evening when they meet Hockey East foe Northeastern University at the TD Garden at 7 p.m.

The 62nd Beanpot Final will be a rematch of last year’s championship, which saw the Eagles claim a 6-3 win. BC also defeated Northeastern in the 2011 title match, 7-6 (OT).

The 62nd Boston Beapot begins this afternoon with Harvard vs. Northeastern followed by Boston College vs. Boston University. (Photo Credit: BeanpotHockey.com)

The 62nd Boston Beapot Championship is the evening between Boston College and Northeastern University. (Photo Credit: BeanpotHockey.com)

Northeastern hasn’t hoisted the coveted trophy since 1988, the same year the Denver Broncos lost in the Super Bowl. Prior to the Huskies’ first contest last Monday against Harvard University, the Broncos lost to Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8 (maybe that’s a good omen for the Black and Red?).

The Huskies have won four tournament championships, but this particular squad might be able to provide the university with its fifth.

Against the Crimson, the Huskies were able to net six goals from six different skaters, while goaltender Clay Witt did his job between the pipes, stopping 27 shots en route to his 14th win of the season.

Northeastern ranks second in the Hockey East in scoring offense. They’ve netted 91 goals this season. 34 of their strikes have been recorded in the final frame. The Huskies have also recorded one goal in the extra session, which came off the stick of Braden Pimm against Providence College on January 7.

Kevin Roy leads the Huskies in point scoring with 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists). He netted one goal last Monday in his team’s 6-0 win over Harvard, which ended his scoring drought. He hadn’t located the back of his opponent’s cage since scoring one goal against UMass on January 4.

Boston College isn’t new to the title game. In fact, this will be their 34th appearance in the championship. The Eagles have faced the Huskies four times prior to this evening’s clash and have won three of those meetings.

Eagles head coach Jerry York has guided Boston College to seven tournament championship titles, including the unit’s last four championships.

Boston College ranks first in the conference in scoring offense (123 goals), as well as first on the power play (24/108) and penalty kill (117/128). They’re second in scoring defense (60 goals).

Johnny Gaudreau leads all Division 1 skaters in points (56), goals (24) and assists (32), while Kevin Hayes ranks second in points (47). Hayes’s classmate, Bill Arnold, is fourth in the country in assists (30).

The Eagles and Huskies have faced-off twice this season with Boston College winning both contests.

Prior to BC-Northeastern, Boston University and Harvard will skate in the consolation match. Both teams met in this game last year with the Crimson claiming a 7-4 victory. The Terriers rebounded and earned a spot in the conference championship, but fell to UMass Lowell, 1-0. That game was the final contest that legendary head coach Jack Parker coached.

Follow updates from this evening’s Beanpot Championship on Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog). Matt Noonan is the head editor/founder of NoontimeSports.com. He can be reached at NoontimeSports@gmail.com

Mass. College Lax: Local Squads Earn Spots On IWLCA Preseason Polls

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) released its 2014 preseason polls for each division on Monday, and below are the local squads that earned spots.

Division 1: Boston College rounded out the Top-20 with the final spot. The Eagles received 41 votes. North Carolina, the reigning national championships, was picked number one and received 398 votes, including 360 first place votes.

According to the Eagles’ athletic website, they were projected to finish seventh in the ACC. They received 23 votes. The Tar Heels were picked to finish first.

Juniors Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick were selected to the conference’s Preseason All-ACC Team.

The Eagles season begins next Saturday, February 15 when they travel to Notre Dame for a 1 p.m. start.

Division 2: Bentley University and Stonehill College each earned spots on the poll with the Skyhawks checking in the eighth spot, while the Falcons rounded out the Top-15. Merrimack College didn’t earn a spot on the poll, but was one of six teams that are also receiving votes.

Stonehill begins its campaign on Tuesday, March 11 at Rollins College, a squad that was picked fourth in the preseason poll, while Bentley travels to Le Moyne (fifth in the poll) on Saturday, March 1. Both squads will meet on Tuesday, April 8 in Waltham.

Kelsey Shannahan returns for her final season with the Skyhawks. She finished fourth on the team in points (58) last season. She netted 43 goals and recorded 15 helpers. Shannahan recorded at least one point (goal or assist) in each contest last season.

Bentley’s Taylor Bastien will also compete in her final season, too. Bastien led the Falcons in points (59) last year, as well as registered team-highs in goals (33) and assists (26).

Division 3: Amherst College was the only local squad, excluding a few teams from New England, which earned a spot on the poll. The Lord Jeffs checked in as the 13th best team in the country with 152 votes.

Amherst will kickoff its 2014 campaign on Saturday, March 1 when they travel to Maine to face Bates before returning home to host Babson (Wed. March 5) and Bowdoin (Sat. March 8). The Polar Bears also earned a spot on the poll, checking in five spots ahead of the Lord Jeffs.

Priscilla Tyler, who led the unit in points (29) and goals (27), returns for her third season.  

36th Women’s Beanpot: BC, Northeastern To Face-Off In Beanpot Championship

By Matt Noonan 

The Boston College Eagles and Northeastern University Huskies will meet for the second straight year in the 36th Annual Women’s Beanpot Championship. Both squads met last year in the title game with the Huskies prevailing, 4-3.

Boston University and Harvard University, two squads that met in last year’s consolation match, will face-off against each other in the early contest next Tuesday, February 11.

Below are summaries from Tuesday’s semifinal contests.

No. 7 BC 4, BU 1: The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back. BC’s Haley Skarupa netted two goals, one on a power play in the opening session and the other at 17:47 in the third, while Taylor Wasylk, who scored the Eagles first strike of the evening, finished with two points (one goal, one assist). BU’s Sarah LeFort registered her 22nd goal of the season in second period, but that didn’t spark a rally for the Terriers.

Northeastern 4, No. 3/5 Harvard 3: Kelly Wallace recorded two goals, while Colleen Murphy and Hayley Masters each netted one goal as the Huskies edged the Crimson. Harvard’s Mary Parker registered two goals — one in the second and one in the third — while Samantha Reber scored the team’s final goal at 15:02 in the third.