Boston College Strong in Rematch with Dartmouth
The Boston College Eagles and Dartmouth Big Green faced off on Sunday afternoon in a rematch of their first round NCAA matchup from a year ago, an 11-8 win for the Big Green.
This time, Dartmouth scored the first three goals before Boston College took control of the game with a lead of 8-3 at halftime. The run continued in the second half with BC scoring six more goals and Dartmouth only scoring twice for a final score after 60 minutes of 14-5. The teams played another 15 minutes to get some of the backups reps on the field with Dartmouth scoring three times to Boston College only scoring one goal.
Eagles Looking to Soar in 2014
Boston College returns their top eleven scorers from last season, led by junior attack Covie Stanwick who scored 65 goals while picking up 22 assists.
Eagles head coach Acacia Walker raved about Stanwick's game on Sunday afternoon saying "She is the QB of our offense and made the right decisions out there today." It showed as she worked behind the cage throughout the day setting up the offense for several easy goals on cutters and while scoring twice herself.
The biggest addition for the Eagles attack will be the return of graduate student Brook Blue who received a medical redshirt last season after appearing in four games. Blue finished third on the team in 2012 with 38 goals and her return will force teams to pay attention to her, helping take the pressure off of Stanwick.
Two defensive players on the day stood out in sophomore Molly Erdie and senior Claire Blohm. They both provided the lockdown defense that allowed the Eagles to go on the long 14-2 run to end the game disrupting the Big Green's offense. Coach Walker was especially impressed with the development of Blohm. "She was a true walk-on to our program as a freshman and has become a key piece of our defense now."
Walker talked about the game after saying she throught it was a "good performance and the team did some great things." She wasn't impressed with some of the mistakes on offense through pointing out how the Eagles struggled early on with picking up ground balls before settling into the flow of the game.
The Eagles will be back in action next weekend when they head to Navy to take part in their annual tournament.
Dartmouth Looking for Reps
The Big Green are coming off a solid 2013 campaign which saw them reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament but things are looking a little different this season. The Big Green lost their top scorer Hana Bowers to graduation. Those are some huge shoes to fill as she had 51 goals and 15 assists last season.
On Sunday, the Big Green had some major issues facing a solid ACC squad in Boston College during their first scrimmage of the fall campaign. There was several missed groundballs and they struggled with getting into some offensive sets before turning over the ball. Dartmouth head coach Amy Patton summed up these issues with one word "Confidence."
Patton continued saying "We were sloppy on defense while looking rattled on offense. I think this goes back to us only have five practices up to this point in the season. I rather have this happen now instead of in February during the regular season. This was also a learning experience for some of our younger players to see where we need to get."
All around the most impressive player on the Dartmouth squad was senior goalie Kristen Giovanniello who made several outstanding saves with her stick and body during the two halfs she played. "She is our calming influence in the back. I believe that KG is the best goalie in the country," said Patton. There was no denying it in my mind as I haven't seen a women's goalie stop those high quality shots in the past. One freshman that stood out for Patton was Lauren Maiorano who had a "solid day" for her first time facing an opponent.
It should be noted that the Big Green did not have the ability to use any of their junior class due to the academic calendar at Dartmouth. A typical student at Dartmouth has their first semester of their junior year off to explore opportunities outside of the school.