Rix, Blue Help BC Topple New Hampshire
from Press Release
NEWTON, Mass. – Junior Mikaela Rix notched six points with four goals and two assists while captain Brooke Blue also netted four goals to lead No. 13/17 Boston College (2-0, 1-0 ACC) past New Hampshire (1-1, 0-0 America East), 17-8, in its home-opener at Newton Lacrosse Field on Thursday evening.
Senior Moira Barry registered three goals and picked up four ground balls. Classmate Cali Ceglarski recorded her first two goals of the season. She also picked up two ground balls and had two caused turnovers in the win.
Sophomore Sarah Mannelly had four total points with one goal and three assists while classmate Kate Richmatched her career-high with two goals. Freshman Tess Chandler notched her first goal of her collegiate career and added an assist for the Eagles.
"I was really proud of the team tonight. We executed our game plan pretty well," said head coach Acacia Walker. "We definitely improved since our last game which is the ultimate goal and I think we really had a lot of unselfish play on offense and a lot of leaders on defense. I'm really excited for our next game."
New Hampshire's offense was led by Laura Puccia who tallied three goals and Kayleigh Hinkle who notched two goals and one assist.
The Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals from Barry and Blue early in the first half. New Hampshire answered back on a free position shot from the top-left of the arc, but Boston College scored four consecutive goals to extend its lead to 6-1.
New Hampshire's Rachael Nock found Devon Groke who fired one into the net to bring the Wildcats within four. Rix scored to give the Eagles a 7-3 lead, but Hinkle found the net to make it 7-4 with 5:36 left in the first.
Barry netted back-to-back goals at 1:38 and again with 11 seconds on the clock to push the Eagles' lead to 9-4 at the half.
Boston College went on a 3-0 spurt in the opening minutes of the second half with two goals from Blue and one from Rix to give the Eagles a 12-4 advantage with 22:35 left to play.
New Hampshire scored at 20:11 and Rix struck again on a free position shot with 18:56 to go. The Wildcats responded with a goal less than a minute later, but Kate Rich sparked a 3-0 Eagles run to extend the lead, 16-6, with 11:04 left in regulation.
The Wildcats registered two goals 31 seconds apart at 2:13 and 1:32. Tess Chandler capped the scoring with 49 seconds to play which sealed BC's win, 17-8.
The Eagles had 28 shots to New Hampshire's 17, and 19 ground balls to the Wildcat's 11. The Eagles also held the edge in draw controls (14-13) and committed fewer turnovers (13-19).
Boston College returns to action Feb. 22 at home against Ohio State. Game time is 12 p.m.
BC improved to 8-9 all-time against UNH; The Eagles have won the last five meetings between the two teams...Junior Mikaela Rix has netted 10 goals in just two games this season.
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