Mannelly's Six Points for BC Hold Off UMass
Behind a game-high six points from the program's first Tewaaraton finalist Sarah Mannelly, No. 14 Boston College rebounded from two straight losses to top No. 18 Massachusetts 9-8 in the Eagles' home opener.
On her first of three assists, the senior moved into sole possession of fifth place in BC's career assists record with her 51st tally. Entering the game, Mannelly was tied with former Eagle Kristin Igoe, who registered 50 career assists from 2008-12. Her three goals matched a season high, while her three assists were a new season high.
The Eagles improved to 3-2 on the season, while the Minutewomen recorded their first loss of 2016. Boston College extended their record over Massachusetts to 7-4 and snapped a two-game skid against the Minutewomen that dated back to 2007.
UMass jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first 11 minutes after Hannah Murphy notched two tallies and Nicole Troost added one of her own. Kate Weeks registered the first goal of the game for BC with 17:55 remaining in the first half on a feed from Sarah Mannelly.
Sam Apuzzo picked up her ninth of the season (unassisted) and Kate Weeks tallied her second goal of the game on another assist from Mannelly to help the Eagles tie it at three.
After the Minutewomen went back up two, BC fired off four straight goals to regain the lead, 7-5. Trailing 5-3, Kayla O'Connor and Sarah Mannelly tallied a pair of goals to even the score at five-apiece. Kaileen Hart added the go-ahead goal with 4:54 left in the first half. Despite three goals from Massachusetts, the Eagles were able to hold the lead the remainder of the game to pick up the victory.
Sarah Mannelly finished her scoring with a goal at 24:36 remaining in the second half. Caroline Margolis recorded the game winner with 16:29 left in the second half as the Eagles held out for a 9-8 victory Wednesday afternoon.
After career highs in both saves and save percentage against Louisville this past weekend, junior goalkeeper Zoe Ochoa moved into ninth place all-time in the program's career saves record with her 169th career save, which she tallied in the second half against UMass this afternoon. With the feat, she surpassed Valerie Leuchs' record of 168 career saves, which was set during the 1999-00 seasons. She will now have her eyes set on the eighth place spot in the record book, which is held by Rachel Zeller's 218 career saves between 2001 and 2002.
The Eagles earned their 199th program win dating back to 1992, the first year as a varsity sport. They will seek win No. 200 this Saturday against Navy. The matchup will be the first ever matchup between the two programs.
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