Weekend Roundup and What’s Ahead
By Anthony Iati
The first week of the spring semester may be a lighter one academically for Boston College students, but for student-athletes and fans it was quite eventful. Here’s a quick recap of this weekend’s Eagle action, in case you were too focused on Brady-Manning XVII or SuperCam’s destruction of the Cardinals, as well as a look ahead to the final week of January.
What Happened: Where else to start except #JY1K? As the great Scott Geyman will surely detail in his Friday Light the Lamp post, Coach Jerry York recorded his 1,000th victory on Jan. 22 in an 8-0 road drubbing of UMass-Amherst. The victory, which extended York’s incredible wins record, improved the Eagles to 16-4-3 and ran their tally versus the Minutemen this year to 15-0. BC followed up Friday’s emotional win with a 3-3 tie with UConn at home on Saturday.
What’s Ahead: BC is No. 7 in the Pairwise rankings and will travel to South Bend to face their rival, No.8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Friday night. The Eagles will look to avenge their December 10 collapse against ND, in which BC blew a late 3-1 lead and fell, 4-3. After that, BC will open up Beanpot play on Monday, February 1, when they battle the Harvard Crimson in the early game at TD Garden.
What Happened: The Eagles were their usual dominant selves on Friday and Saturday, sweeping the Vermont Catamounts with respective scores of 6-2 and 6-1. In doing so, BC set a program record by winning its 26th game in a row, good for second in NCAA Women’s Hockey history. The Eagles are an unfathomable 26-0-0, and they are making it look easy. The Alex Carpenter – Haley Skarupa – Kenzie Kent line is every bit as explosive as the Johnny Gaudreau – Kevin Hayes – Bill Arnold line of the 2013-14 men’s squad. Whether Katie Burt or Gabri Switaj is in goal, BC thoroughly stifles the opposition at both ends of the ice. Their team chemistry, hustle, and passing skills are unmatched.
What’s Ahead: Katie King Crowley’s team visits Merrimack on Tuesday night, in a game that could get lopsided on the scoreboard. The unbeaten, untied Eagles will arrive to find a Merrimack team floundering at 4-21-1. After that, BC opens Beanpot play on February 2 against Harvard, the team that ended BC’s unbeaten streak last season.
What Happened: A road trip to South Bend, Indiana, yielded a disappointing 76-49 BC loss to Notre Dame. The Eagles fell to 0-6 in ACC play and lost their two meetings with the Irish this season by an average of 27.5 points. Eli Carter has hit a cold spell shooting the basketball lately and the Eagles haven’t been able to find enough secondary scoring options.
What’s Ahead: When will the first ACC win come? BC figures to have a chance Tuesday night at home, when the Florida State Seminoles visit Conte Forum. The ‘Noles are 12-7 compared to BC’s 7-12, but FSU is just 2-5 in conference play. The schedule becomes much more daunting after that, as Jim Christian’s team hits the road for three brutal matchups- North Carolina, Virginia, and Louisville. BC has yet to win a true road game this season.
What Happened: Just another Sunday at the office for Luke Kuechly. Another postseason game, another pick-six and fumble recovery for the former BC legend. Kuechly’s Carolina Panthers are rolling into Super Bowl 50 red hot, after a 49-15 demolition of the Arizona Cardinals in Charlotte. Kuechly’s defense forced a whopping seven turnovers and cruised to a Santa Clara berth. In darker news, our friends at BC Interruption reported that Scooter Harrington has de-committed from BC. Harrington is a 3-star tight end recruit from Greenwich, Connecticut, and has elected to play at Stanford instead. His father, Scott, was a captain at BC in the 1980s. It’s a tough blow for Steve Addazio to lose what appeared to be a solid receiving threat at the tight end position.
What’s Ahead: The chance for Kuechly to win his first ring. As the only former Eagle in Super Bowl 50, the eyes of the Heights will be upon him. The star linebacker will look across the line of scrimmage and find the great Peyton Manning, in perhaps his last hurrah, fighting to win his second ring.