April 17, 2013

Stanwick's Six-Spot Spurs BC Past Harvard

from press release

NEWTON, Mass. – Sophomore Covie Stanwick matched a career high with six goals as No. 18/15 Boston College edged Harvard, 13-12, at a sun-splashed Newton Campus Lacrosse Field on Wednesday evening.In defeating the Crimson (2-10, 1-4 Ivy), the Eagles (10-6, 3-2 ACC) extended their winning streak to six games, matching the longest win streak in program history, set by BC's 2011 and 2010 teams.

BC held a lead as large as three twice inside of the last 10 minutes and held off a late comeback attempt from Harvard.Stanwick recorded a game-high seven points on her six goals and an assist while classmate Mikaela Rix posted three goals. Junior Kate McCarthy recorded a goal and two assists, and freshman Sarah Mannelly registered a goal and an assist.The Crimson opened the game with a 3-0 run just under 10 minutes into the contest before the Eagles responded with four straight goals in a six-minute span.

Stanwick scored three of BC's goals during the run – twice off assists and once off a free position shot – in addition to a tally from Cali Ceglarski to give BC a 4-3 lead with 10:48 to play in the first half.After a Harvard goal, Mannelly converted off a free position shot, freeing herself with a spin move, before the Crimson struck again to tie the score at 5-5 with 3:56 left in the first. Rix tallied her first goal of the game with just over three minutes remaining in the period to give BC a 7-6 edge at the half.BC scored the second frame's first two goals off unassisted tallies from Rix and Stanwick to claim an 8-5 edge just over three minutes into the half.

The Crimson then put together a 4-1 run over a 10-minute span to tie the game, 9-9, with 13:47 to play.The Eagles broke the tie with three unanswered goals to gain a 12-9 lead with 6:50 remaining. Stanwick opened the run's scoring with her sixth and final goal of the game before McCarthy found the back of the net. Moira Barry closed the run after Stanwick passed out of a double team to find her teammate open in front of the net.

Harvard closed the game with a 3-1 spurt in the final 3:54, but a goal from Rix off a pass from McCarthy allowed BC to hang on for the win.Next, Boston College hosts Canisius for Senior Day on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the Newton Field.

Game Notes: BC improved to 8-14 all-time against Harvard; BC has won seven of the last 10 meetings ... BC bettered its record to 5-0 in the month of April ... Covie Stanwick now has 51 goals on the year moving into sole possession of second place on BC's record list for goals in a season ... She passed Kristin Igoe's mark of 49 goals in 2012 and stands one shy of tying Lauren Costello's program-best 52-goal season in 2010 ... Stanwick recorded her second game this year with six goals; she now has 11 hat tricks on the year ... Mikaela Rix scored three or more goals in a game for the eighth time this season ... BC improved to 7-0 when leading at the half and 6-0 in games decided by 1-3 goals.

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