|11.11.09 at 2:52 pm ET|
Boston College announced that tickets for men’s and women’s basketball and hockey are now on sale.
Here’s the press release from BC:
The Boston College Athletics Department today announced that winter sports ticket packages and individual game tickets to men’s and women’s basketball and ice hockey are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets online at bceagles.com, by phone at 617-552-GoBC (4622) or by visiting Boston College’s ticket office located at Conte Forum.
The men’s basketball team returns all but one player from last season’s 22-win NCAA Tournament team led by head coach Al Skinner, who has guided the Eagles to the tourney seven times in the past nine years. Fans have a variety of individual, multi-game and season ticket options to choose from as they cheer on the Eagles at the Heights.
The $99 Five-Game Flex Pack provides Eagles fans admission to: one of two Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) marquee matchups against either national powerhouse Duke or defending National Champion North Carolina; two ACC games and two non-conference contests. The atmosphere at the Heights is sure to be intense as Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils and Roy Williams and The Tar Heels look to avenge the Eagles’ headline-making victories over their two ACC rivals last season. BC’s upset over Duke was the team’s first win over the Blue Devils in 24 years.
In addition, a limited number of individual men’s basketball tickets, including matchups against ACC foes Maryland, Miami, Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Florida State, as well as the SEC’s South Carolina, are now on sale. UMass and URI headline the Eagles’ local non-conference schedule which tips off when Dartmouth visits Conte Forum for the home opener on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets start as low as $10 in the Shaw’s family section. (Tickets to Duke and North Carolina are available only by purchasing Flex Packs or season tickets.) Season tickets in preferred seating locations are also available for as little as $250.
Eagles’ women’s basketball head coach Sylvia Crawley and her squad will host some of the nation’s elite programs at Conte Forum this winter as they come off an impressive run to the Final Four of the Women’s NIT Tournament. The Eagles return all five starters from last year’s 23-win team. This year’s schedule includes matchups with 14 ACC teams including rivals Maryland, Duke and Georgia Tech as well as a visit from Big Ten power Michigan on December 10. Three and seven-game ACC ticket packs are available starting at just $12. Groups of 20 or more can witness the action at the Heights for as little as $2. Season tickets in premium locations, starting at $56, are also available. The Eagles open the home schedule against Vermont on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m.
The nationally ranked men’s ice hockey team, which has won two national championships and appeared in eight Frozen Fours in the last 12 years, is off to another strong start to the 2009-10 season. Three-game ticket packages, featuring a matchup with arch-rival Boston University, are just $65. Individual and group tickets start at just $10 in the Shaw’s family section for all games except BU. The 16th-ranked Eagles host No. 15 Vermont at Conte Forum on Saturday, November 14 at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.
To order tickets or for further information on Boston College Athletics, log onto bceagles.com, call 617-552-GoBC (4622) or visit the Conte Forum Box Office.
|11.10.09 at 11:25 am ET|
Much has been made this year of the performance of true freshman Luke Kuechly and the impact he has had on the Boston College defense. Yet, as good as Kuechly has been, he is not yet a leader for the Eagles. He will be the first to admit that. He always espouses that the upperclassmen at BC have been instrumental in his success and guidance.
One of those players is Marcellus Bowman.
The senior strong safety is the backbone of the Eagles defense. He is second on the team in tackles with 43 (Kuechly has an impressive 94) and is the leader of a secondary that is the crux of the the bend-but-don’t-break philosophy that defensive coordinator Bill McGovern employs. He also leads the team in “human rocket” tackles, as any strong safety should. Chances are, if there is a bone-crunching stop, No. 8 will be bouncing away from it.
“It is not really a thought, it is not really a plan, it is just the way I play,” Bowman said. “I don’t think that I need to make a big hit. The only thing I am thinking about is making a tackle and sometimes the result of that is making a big hit.”
The best example of Bowman’s ability to sniff out plays and make the big hit came against Notre Dame late when the Irish had fourth-and-goal with the ball on the 1-yard line. Notre Dame tried to go to the Wildcat and slip running back Robert Hughes through the middle of the line of scrimmage. Bowman swooped in, lowered his shoulder and stopped Hughes in his tracks.
“They motioned the guy down and I changed my keys from 2 instead of 1 and just went where the ball did,” Bowman said.
|11.08.09 at 10:02 pm ET|
Junior forward Corey Raji had 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead Boston College to a 99-58 rout of Division 2 St. Michael’s in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum.
Sophomore guard Reggie Jackson, who hit 5-of-6 3-pointers, led all scorers with 23 points and was one of six Eagles in double figures.
Tyler Schilling scored a team-high 12 points for St. Michael’s, which held a 20-19 lead nine minutes into the game. Then Tyler Roche, BC’s lone senior, hit a 3-pointer to start a 22-2 run, and BC was never threatened thereafter. The Eagles, who hit 11-of-19 3-pointers, led 57-30 at the break.
“We started off the game a little slow, but things kind of picked up in the second and third quarter,” BC coach Al Skinner said. “I thought we did a decent job defensively and that allowed us to stretch the lead out a little bit.”
BC, coming off a 22-12 season in 2008-09 but no longer with standout guard Tyrese Rice in the lineup, opens the season Friday night at home against Dartmouth.
|11.05.09 at 7:42 pm ET|
There are three games left for Boston College in the regular season and there are questions that remain to be answered. This week the Eagles get a much deserved bye after trucking through summer camp and the first nine weeks of the season without a break.
There is still practice and conditioning work to be done, but the players can get a mental breather, catch up on some schoolwork and evaluate the next opponent, Virginia, whom the Eagles play in Charlottesville, Va., on Nov. 14.
“It’s definitely a week where, maybe not necessarily relax, because you still have to go out to practice and put the work in, it is a little bit more relaxing knowing that you have both Friday and Saturday off,” true freshman linebacker Luke Kuechly said.
Kuechly and junior free safety Wes Davis both broke out big smiles when asked what they would be doing on Saturday.
“Watching football,” they both said.
“Time to get your mind right and relax a little bit. … We get a good quarter of Big Ten football before we play a 3:30 game and the game comes on at 7:30 on ESPN, but that is about it,” Davis said. “I get up when my body wakes up. It is a nice feeling, actually.”
|11.03.09 at 10:41 am ET|
Boston College senior linebacker Mark Herzlich will be be the recipient of an honorary Lott Trophy. Named after Ronnie Lott, the Lott Trophy is awarded to the defensive IMPACT player of the year (IMPACT is an acronym for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity). This is only the second time an honorary Lott Trophy has been awarded, with the first going to the family of Pat Tillman, the former college and NFL player who was killed while serving with the U.S. Army Rangers in Afghanistan, in 2004. Herzlich has missed the entire 2009 season after being diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in the spring.
Here is the press release:
Mark Herlich To Receive Honorary Lott Trophy
Boston College Linebacker Mark Herzlich, who has missed the entire 2009 football season while undergoing treatment for cancer, will receive an honorary Lott Trophy, it was announced today by the Board of Directors of The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, sponsors of the award.
It is only the second time an honorary Lott Trophy has been awarded, the first going to the family of Pat Tillman in 2004. Tillman, the former college and NFL standout, volunteered for the military and was killed in Afghanistan.
“Mark Herzlich represents all that is good in today’s student-athlete and epitomizes what we look for in Lott Trophy candidates,” said John Hamilton, Chairman of the Board of the IMPACT Foundation. “His perseverance, attitude and good works are an inspiration to all of us who love college football.”
|11.02.09 at 12:37 pm ET|
Fenway Sports Group made the following announcement about its partnership with JetBlue Airways, which includes a promotional deal for a 10 percent discount on JetBlue flights between now and Dec. 16:
Fenway Sports Group (FSG) today announced it has secured JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU), Boston’s largest domestic carrier, as the official airline of Boston College Athletics. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
JetBlue’s sponsorship of the Eagles features fixed and electronic signage in Boston College athletic facilities including Alumni Stadium, home of Boston College football and Conte Forum, home of Boston College basketball and hockey. Additional sponsorship elements include on-field, on-court and on-ice promotions; a comprehensive online marketing program featuring rotating web banners and fixed advertising positions on bceagles.com; a branded email promotional campaign; and print advertisements in Boston College Athletic publications and in-game program guides.
|10.31.09 at 9:00 pm ET|
CHESTNUT HILL — Boston College sprung the trap on Central Michigan.
The Mid-American Conference leader was flying high coming into Alumni Stadium but it learned that, on The Heights, nobody flies higher than the Eagles, who claimed a 31-10 victory over Central Michigan, Saturday.
BC is now 6-0 at home this year. Yet, this one could have been a trap from the start. It certainly looked that way at first. There was not much of a story at the end of the first half. Both offenses traded a series of stalled drives until midway through the second quarter when Central Michigan was finally able to crack a drive deep into Eagles territory that resulted in a Chippewas field goal. That’s when the Eagles offense took control of the game.
“There wasn’t so much what we did at halftime. They did a good job of controlling the ball and keeping it away from us and the offense,” coach Frank Spaziani said. “We came out and ran our offense, had a three-and-out and got back in there. Now we had rhythm. We had a good game plan we just needed to get ourselves into it a little bit.”
The lesson to be learned is that the “good game plan” on offense consisted of three things: mistake free quarterback play, a solid running game and the ability to take big plays when the opportunity is presented. Hence, as of the ninth game of the season, BC can say that it has really found an identity on offense.
|10.31.09 at 5:50 pm ET|
CHESTNUT HILL — The Eagles are turning in a performance reminiscent of their last home game against the NC State Wolfpack. In that game the play was very back and forth for the first quarter and a half before Boston College clamped down, scored a touchdown late in the first half and the offense took control in the third.
Against Central Michigan the Eagles scored a touchdown with :50 seconds left in the first half and have come out in the third quarter to score 17 points to take a commanding 24-3 lead. Dave Shinskie hit Rich Gunnell for the first strike on a 41 yard touchdown pass down the center seam and Montel Harris had a 4-yard touchdown run on the next series. Steve Aponavicius hit a field goal to cap the third quarter scoring.
Aponavicius is now the Boston College career scoring leader. He tied the mark on the Gunnell score, broke it on the Harris score and added to it with his own field goal. The previous mark was held by Brian Lowe, an Eagles kicker from 1986-89, with 262 points.
|10.31.09 at 4:56 pm ET|
CHESTNUT HILL — This is going to be a tough one for Boston College. The Central Michigan Chippewas look like the most solid opponent to march into Alumni Stadium this year. The Eagles are frustrated on offense, a state of mind normally reserved for their road performances, but managed to put together an 80-yard drive right at the end of the half that culminated in a 3-yard Montel Harris touchdown run with :50 seconds left. Boston College 7 Central Michigan 3.
It took Boston College most of the first half to get the offense working. Dave Shinskie started very slow, hitting two of his first six passes. Harris, while not exactly bottled up, was not picking up enough of the slack to keep the chains moving. Yet, after holding the Central Michigan and Dan LeFevour to a field goal in the middle of the second quarter, the Eagles cobbled together an 11 play, 80 yard, 5:19 yard drive to take the lead.
Shinskie is 9-15 for 91 yards while Harris has 10 carries for 42 yards. Rich Gunnell has the long play of the game with a 29 yard reception that put the ball on the Central Michigan 12.
The Chippewas have moved the ball but the Eagles defense has held up its “bend-but-don’t-break” reputation by stalling multiple drives in Boston College territory. The longest drive the Chippewas have been able to put together is a 13 play, 60 yard, 4:45 drive at stopped at the Eagles 16. Andrew Aguila hit the 34 yard field goal for Central Michigan’s only score.
|10.31.09 at 4:16 pm ET|
CHESTNUT HILL — The Chippewas can move the football, sort of. The Eagles have not really not moved it at all. No big plays, no long drives, not a lot to comment on in the first quarter.
The Eagles are keeping the Chippewas on short yardage plays with Dan LeFevour 10-17 for 72 yards with a long of 13. Yet, the Chippewas consistently march into Boston College territory and bog down. Three times now have the Chippewas passed the 50 and had to punt from the 46 (twice) and the 42 yard line. The resulting kicks have had two touchbacks and one downed at the 14 yard line.
Eagles quarterback Dave Shinskie is 2-6 for 21 yards with one 20-yard strike to Colin Larmond, Jr. The player of note for Boston College has been punter Ryan Quigley who bombed a 61 yard kick (with the strong wind at his back) and downed a punt on the Central Michigan seven yard line.