March 30, 2013

Inspired by 9/11 Hero, Boston College Upsets No. 9 Virginia

from press release

NEWTON, Mass. - Freshman Sarah Mannelly scored three goals to lead Boston College past No. 9 Virginia, 10-7, in the team's Red Bandanna No. 19 Game at the Newton Campus Field on Saturday afternoon.

Prior to the game, the family of Welles Crowther '99, a former BC men's lacrosse player and 9/11 hero, was honored, and Crowther's family presented senior Ali Meagher with a No. 19 jersey - the number which Crowther wore during his playing days.

With the score tied at 4-4, the Eagles (5-6, 2-2 ACC) used a 5-0 run midway through the second half to take a 9-4 lead and separate themselves from the Cavaliers (6-6, 0-4 ACC).

Sophomore Mikaela Rix scored twice while classmate Covie Stanwick and junior Moira Barry each recorded a goal and an assist in front of a season-high 513 fans.

Mannelly put BC on the board first almost seven minutes into the game. After a UVA goal, freshman Caroline Margolis scored BC's second goal of the contest before the Cavaliers knotted the score at 2-2 with 12:51 left in the half.

After over 10 minutes of scoreless play, freshman Kate Rich converted on a free position shot to give BC back the lead with 1:23 left in the half. Just before the buzzer sounded Rix found the back of the net off a feed from Barry to give the Eagles a 4-2 edge heading into the break.

The Cavaliers scored the second half's first two goals before the Eagles went on their decisive 5-0 run. Mannelly started the run with an unassisted tally before Rix and Stanwick each netted goals off free position shots to push BC's advantage to 7-4 with 17:10 remaining.

Mannelly scored again before junior Kate McCarthy connected on a shot to close out the run and match BC's largest lead of the game at 9-4 with 10:48 to play. Virginia responded with a goal just over 30 seconds later, but Barry answered with a goal off a Stanwick pass to make the score, 10-5 with 8:53 left. UVA scored twice inside of the last two minutes for the final margin.

Next, Boston College hosts Duke on April 6 at 1 p.m. on Newton Field.

Game Notes:
BC beat UVA for the second time in three years and picked up its first win over a top-10 opponent since defeating the seventh-ranked Cavaliers, 12-6, on April 2, 2011 in Newton ... Sarah Mannelly scored three or more goals in a game for the fourth time this season ... BC has now scored first in seven of its 11 games ... The Eagles improved to 5-0 when leading at the half.

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