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April 25, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (theACC.com) – Third-seeded Boston College made sure there were no surprises in its Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse quarterfinal matchup with sixth-seeded Virginia Tech on Thursday afternoon.
Down by a goal as the second half neared the halfway point, the Eagles responded with four unanswered goals in a span of just over nine minutes and held on for a 10-8 win at Fetzer Field.
“We’ve been playing a lot of close games here late in the season, and it’s sort of become who we are,” Boston College coach Acacia Walker said. “But that is what you expect when you face a really good opponent, like we’ve been facing each time out and like we faced again today. Our girls have done a good job of staying poised despite the youth on the team.”
Boston College (12-6) extended its school-record winning streak to eight games and drew a Friday 3 p.m. date with second-seeded and third-ranked North Carolina in Friday’s semifinal round. It will mark the Eagles’ second game this season against the Tar Heels on their home turf. North Carolina posted an 11-9 win in the regular-season meeting at Fetzer on March 23.
The Eagles were led offensively on Thursday by sophomore Covie Stanwick, who scored five times and became Boston College’s all-time single-season leader in goals scored with 57.
“I’ve never been to the second round before, so I am really exciting to play UNC tomorrow,” Stanwick said. “It is going to be a dogfight tomorrow.”
Trailing 6-4 with just under 22 minutes remaining, Virginia Tech (8-8) parlayed goals from Libby Rosebro, Jack Boissonneault and Megan Will to go up 7-6 with 17:58 left.
That proved to be the 14th-ranked Eagles’ cue.
Mikaela Rix and Sarah Mannelly each scored in a span of 44 seconds to put Boston College back in front. Stanwick then added her fourth and fifth goals of the game – one off an assist from Rix and one on a pass from Mannelly – to push the Eagles’ lead to 10-7 with 7:36 remaining in the match.
“The captains brought everybody in (after Virginia Tech took the lead) and said ‘Don’t worry about it, we’re going to get the next one’ ‘’ Stanwick said. “We told ourselves that if we made a mistake, it wasn’t the end of the world, that we could always get it back.”
Brooke Martin’s unassisted goal with 3:34 to play proved the only thing Virginia Tech had remaining in the way of a counterpunch.
“I think in the end we ran out of time,” Virginia Tech coach Megan Burker said. “We had a couple of good opportunities, and if we had been able to have put in a few more goals, I think it might have shifted momentum and maybe in the meant a different outcome to the game.”
Boston College finished with a 13-7 advantage in draw controls and an 11-8 edge in ground balls. Each side had 19 shots on goal, but Eagles goalkeeper Emily Mata made six saves to Tech counterpart Alex Gale’s three.
Virginia Tech fell short in its bid for a first-ever ACC tournament win, but the Hokies’ eight goals represented their highest point total ever in the event.
In addition to Stanwick’s five goals, Rix and Mannelly finished with four points apiece for Boston College.