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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Boston College Athletics: January 17, 2006

Men's Basketball

Men's basketball defeated Florida State this past weekend to earn its first ever Atlantic Coast Conference victory. Senior Craig Smith led BC with 28 points and 14 rebounds.

The Tallahassee Democrat has a Q&A with Tyrelle Blair, the 6'11" junior who is sitting out this season per the NCAA transfer rules.

Craig Smith is now only two points shy of becoming the fifth player in school history to reach the 2,000-point mark, with Troy Bell (2,632 points), Dana Barros (2,342), Bill Curley (2,102) and Danya Abrams (2,053) being the others.

Smith will look join this list of BC greats tonight as the Eagles take on the Crusaders of Holy Cross. BC has won 14 of the last 15 meetings between the two schools.

The Eagle in Atlanta takes a look at what once was a great rivalry between BC and Holy Cross. Images of the old football rivalry are featured in an @BC slideshow, and was the topic of the 2003 book "A Farewell to Glory." Eagle Action poster "Tombs" shows his age and recalls an old BC chant:
Don't send my son to Holy Cross the dying mother said!
Don't send my son to Holy Cross I'd rather see him dead!

Now don't you worry father said! Just leave it up to me!
I want to see him get ahead I'll send him to BC!

Men's Ice Hockey

Sophomore goalie Cory Schneider registered 54 saves in a weekend sweep of Merrimack on his way towards earning Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week. His 5-0 shutout this weekend marked his third of the season and second against the Warriors.

BC is now 14-4-2 (12-2-1 in Hockey East and 10-1-1 in their last 12 games), and ranked No. 2 in the country according to all major polls. BC hosts Vermont in the first of a two-game series against the Catamounts in Kelley Rink on Friday. The BC Blog hopes to be in attendance this weekend.

UPDATE: Saturday night's game will be available on ESPN360.com (where available).

Women's Ice Hockey

The women's ice hockey team echoed the success of the men this weekend as they took their third straight game from the Vermont Catamounts on Monday afternoon, and their fourth straight Hockey East game to match their 2004-05 win total of 10. The Eagles remain in first place in Hockey East with a 9-2-1 conference record.

Alumni Updates

Former hockey star Patrick Eaves had two goals and an assist Monday night as the Ottawa Senators routed the Minnesota Wild in Eaves' first NHL game in his home state of Minnesota.

Brian Gionta, who while at Boston College once scored an unbelievable five goals in one period, was interviewed by USA Today as he looks forward to representing the United States in the upcoming Winter Olympic Games. Gionta shares his thoughts on the Games, his time with the NHL's New Jersey Devils, and his favorite cereal.

The media has been all over former BC quaterback Matt Hasselbeck as he leads the Seattle Seahawks into the NFC Championship game this weekend, and hopes to help the team earn its first-ever Super Bowl appearance. More from The Boston Herald, the AP, the Chicago Tribune, and the Sporting News.

Harry Crump, a fullback for BC during the early 1960s whose trademark phrase was "the heavy thump of Harry Crump" is profiled by the MetroWest Daily News. Crump played three seasons on the varsity squad at The Heights.

As previously reported by the Boston College Blog, track and field legend Harrold Connolly was honored last week when a statute in his likeness was installed at Brighton (MA) High. More from the Boston Globe.


Boston College coach Tom O'Brien will be one of the guest speakers at the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association annual clinic Friday and Saturday at the Boston Quincy Marriott.
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