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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Boston College Sports: November 3, 2005

Men's Ice Hockey

The Eagles have responded to a slow 1-2-1 start with back-to-back wins over Hockey East rivals Providence College and the University of New Hamshire, often referred to as the "University of No Hardware" for their dubious ability to perform in big-time matchups. Freshman Brock Bradford netted the GWG in each game, snapping 2-2 ties with third-period goals both nights. The Eagles have succeeded without the services of freshman defensive standout Brett Motherwell, who has been sidelined due to injury. Coverage from www.uscho.com.

Brian Boyle, who has been a multi-tasker this year by playing on the first line and defense on the penatly kill, is featured in today's Union Leader (NH). Many speculate that the junior center and Hingham, Mass native is likely to leave BC for the pros after this season.

Although Boyle began the season flanked by Joe Rooney and Dan Bertram, coach Jerry York has mixed things up, adding Pat Gannon to the top line, and shifting Bertram to the second line with Bradford and freshman phenom Nathan Gerbe.

Former Eagles captain Ryan Shannon was named the AHL's Rookie of the Month for October. Shannon led his Portland Pirates to first place in their division with a point in each of the team's October games. Fans can chat with Shannon in the ahl.com chatroom today at 2:00 pm.

The Eagles will face the newest member of Hockey East, the University of Vermont, on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m (broadcast on ESPNU).


Mathias Kiwanuka is back and ready to play full-time after suffering a medial collateral ligament sprain in his right knee against Virginia on Oct. 8. Kiwanuka hopes to be a lot more active this weekend than he was in the loss to Virginia Tech.

Kiwi has also been tabbed a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, which is given to the best defensive player of the year.

The Eagles take on the University of North Carolina Tar Heels this Saturday, a team that BC defeated in last year's Continental Tire Bowl. Although the bowl victory combined with last week's deflating defeat to Virginia Tech might lead some to think the Eagles won't be up for this game, the Eagles are reportedly playing "extremely angry" in practice. The Globe confirms that the Eagles are fired up for the game, while the Herald reports that BC's offensive linemen are ready to redeem themselves.

TV or Not TV?

ESPN2 is deciding whether or not to show next week's (11/12) N.C. State at Boston College game - right now its between the Eagles and the Maryland-UNC matchup. It is likely that a BC victory against UNC this weekend will propel the Eagles into the national television spot.

Women's Soccer

After placing two of its stars on All-ACC teams, the Eagles lost in the quarterfinals of the ACC Champonship Tournament to Duke. Hopefully the Eagles will find success in this year's NCAA tournament.
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