February 20, 2013

Mannelly Sends No. 20 BC Past Vanderbilt

from press release

NEWTON, Mass. – Freshman Sarah Mannelly scored four goals to lead Boston College past Vanderbilt in its home opener, 13-8, at the Newton Lacrosse Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Mannelly paced the Eagles (2-0, 0-0 ACC) with five points while sophomore Covie Stanwick recorded three goals, and senior Brooke Blue and sophomore Mikaela Rix each scored twice.

Mallory Schonk led the Commodores (1-3, 0-0 ALC) with four goals.

Rix opened the game's scoring with a goal just under three minutes into the contest before Vanderbilt responded with two goals within 40 seconds to stake a 2-1 lead.

The Eagles answered with six straight goals from the 20:19 mark to the 2:30 mark in the opening half to take a 7-2 edge. Five different BC players scored during the streak. Blue scored the run's first goal before assisting on a Stanwick finish. Kate Rich then converted off a feed from Moira Barry, and tallies from Rix, Mannelly, and Stanwick closed the run.

Schonk scored for Vanderbilt with 1:54 to go in the half to trim BC's lead to 7-3 heading into the break.

Stanwick, Mannelly, and Blue scored BC's first three goals of the second half as the Eagles maintained a 10-6 advantage with 17:21 remaining. After Schonk scored again for the Commodores, Mannelly scored twice – including once on a spin move – within a 40-second period to push BC's lead to 12-7 with 12:08 left.

Barry scored BC's last goal off an assist from Mannelly with 5:46 to play to cap a 3-0 run for the Eagles, and Schonk registered her last tally with 4:03 left for the final margin.

Boston College returns to play at Ohio State on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Game Notes
BC improved to 1-1 all-time against Vanderbilt ... BC lost to Vanderbilt, 13-12, last season on March 7, 2012 in Nashville, Tenn. ... Sarah Mannelly has scored four goals in each of her first two collegiate games.

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