|08.28.12 at 10:25 pm ET|
Sophomore Ryan Anderson amassed 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Boston College to a 60-56 victory over Real Canoe Madrid in the Eagles’ tour of Spain.
Sophomore Patrick Heckmann added 13 points, including 10 in the final quarter, and junior Danny Rubin netted 11.
BC held Real Canoe to 15 field goals, but the hosts went to the free throw line 31 times, connecting on 22. BC trailed by two at the half (28-26) and after three quarters (43-41). The game was tied at 54 with under two minutes to play. That’s when BC scored five straight as Jordan Daniels assisted on a 3-pointer by Heckmann and a jumper from the top of the key by Anderson.
BC next plays Valencia of the ACB league Thursday night in Valencia.
|08.27.12 at 7:02 pm ET|
Sophomore center Dennis Clifford had 25 points and 10 rebounds, but Boston College lost the opening game of its tour of Spain to Eurocolegio Casvi, 86-77, Monday night in Madrid.
Sophomore forward Ryan Anderson added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles.
Juan Jose Garcia scored 25 points for Eurocolegio Casvi, which led by five points at the half and again after three quarters. The host team used a 7-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to pull away.
Sophomore guard Lonnie Jackson — who scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter — hit a pair of 3-pointers that drew the Eagles to within five midway through the period, but that was as close as BC would get.
The Eagles remain in Madrid to play Real Canoe Madrid on Tuesday night.
|08.24.12 at 9:52 pm ET|
The Boston College football team has had a rough preseason, receiving little respect from preseason prognosticators and suffering some key injuries. However, the mood was brighter when coach Frank Spaziani announced at a team meeting that two walk-ons would be receiving scholarships this season.
Running back Mike Javorski and defensive back Ted Davenport of Medway were the lucky recipients, and the announcement was captured on film.
|08.24.12 at 9:43 pm ET|
Boston College announced Friday that junior wide receiver Bobby Swigert is expected to be sidelined for several weeks due to a left knee injury suffered in Wednesday’s final preseason scrimmage.
Swigert, a 6-foot-1, 186-pounder from Louisville, Ohio, led the Eagles in receiving last season with 44 receptions for 470 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games.
BC already is expected to be without starting tight end Chris Pantale and cornerback Al Louis-Jean, who have foot injuries, when they open the season Sept. 1 against Miami.
|08.23.12 at 12:35 pm ET|
Second-year QB Josh Bordner hooked up with junior wideout Johnathan Coleman for a 13-yard touchdown pass, ending the Eagles’ fourth and final scrimmage on Wednesday positively.
Last season’s starting QB Chase Rettig connected on seven of his 13 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. Rettig hit Bobby Swigert with a 50-yard bomb on the opening drive. The junior quarterback passed for 1,960 yards last season.
“The defense was in a cover-2, and he had the middle read,” Rettig said, according to a school release. “It worked out well. He ended up making a good run and catch.”
Bordner finished 4-for-1o with 36 yards and the touchdown connection which happened in the overtime simulation.
Senior wideout Colin Lamond Jr. led all receivers with 61 yards on three catches while Swigert followed up with two receptions, 58 yards and a touchdown.
Tahj Kimble led the scrimmage in rushing with 26 yards on seven carries. Mike Javorski and Ted Davenport each had five carries, while Paul Maglio rushed for 11 yards on three carries.
|08.20.12 at 10:52 am ET|
The BC football team took the field for a situational scrimmage Sunday at Alumni Stadium.
The third scrimmage of preseason training camp featured six game-simulated end-of-half/fourth-quarter situations in which the offense and defense squared off with limited time on the clock as well as a limited number of timeouts.
Junior wide receiver Alex Amidon led all receivers with seven receptions for 84 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown reception from junior quarterback Chase Rettig. Rettig completed 18-of-32 passing attempts for 168 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions to lead the first-team offense. Freshman defensive back Justin Simmons highlighted the team’s defensive effort, picking off a pair of second-team quarterback Josh Bordner passing attempts. Bordner completed 6-of-9 attempts for 55 yards.
In all, a total of 12 receivers caught at least one pass, including four tight ends: sophomore Jarrett Darmstatter, sophomore C.J. Parsons, freshman Dan Crimmins and redshirt freshman (and Andover native) Brian Miller.
“Some of the tight ends have stepped up,” coach Frank Spaziani said in a press release. “Those guys have been better. C.J. Parsons has been productive.”
Senior running back Mike Javorski (eight carries) and converted tailback Ted Davenport (10 carries) shouldered the bulk of the afternoon’s rushing attempts. Javorski also registered four receptions for 24 yards on Sunday.
In addition to Simmons, sophomore defensive back Manuel Asprilla intercepted a Rettig pass intended for Amidon at the goal line, and senior linebacker Nick Clancy picked off a Rettig pass that was deflected by Mehdi Abdesmad a few plays later.
“We’ve got a lot of nice young guys on this football team, and if they come through and play well, good things can happen, and Justin is one of them,” Spaziani said. “He’s as advertised. We did our homework and everything that you do on kids. He’s a good prospect.”
|08.17.12 at 2:02 pm ET|
Coaches at Boston College reacted to the Friday announcement of athletic director Gene DeFilippo‘s retirement (effective Sept. 30) by praising his performance in leading the department for 15 years.
“What Gene has meant to Boston College is hard to put into words,” basketball coach Steve Donahue said in a statement from the school. “He reinvented the athletics department in his 15 years as AD; everything we have is based on Gene’s vision. It’s very rare that you find someone who has the vision and the guts to follow it. He is going to be missed.”
Said football coach Frank Spaziani: “Gene has been a great boss and an outstanding leader for our athletics program. Beyond that, he has been a great friend. The school and I will miss him. I wish him nothing but the best.”
Added hockey coach Jerry York: “We have had an outstanding run at Boston College and Gene has been terrific for our hockey program. We’ve had a remarkable working relationship. I wish him the best of luck as he begins a new chapter in his life.”
Following are more quotes regarding DeFilippo’s retirement, courtesy Boston College’s athletic department.
BC president William P. Leahy, S.J.: “Gene devoted himself to building a strong, successful athletics program, one that reflected BC’s commitment to quality academics and institutional integrity. Doing that has been his passion and joy, and the BC community, particularly our student-athletes, have benefitted immensely from his care, advice and hard work.”
ACC commissioner John Swofford: “Gene has been a positive figure in the college sports landscape for a long time — a veteran and highly respected AD and a national leader. His contributions to BC, the ACC and nationally are too numerous to name. Gene is a great friend and colleague. We will miss him around the ACC table.”
Former BC All-America linebacker Luke Kuechly: “In my time at Boston College, ‘Coach Flip’ not only provided us with the necessary resources to be successful in our sport but he also took the time to individually meet each student-athlete. His love for being AD was easily seen in his passion and support of the sports and student-athletes at Boston College. BC will miss the energetic personality of ‘Coach Flip.’ ”
|08.16.12 at 11:03 am ET|
Boston College will be without Rolandan Finch’s services for the time being after the featured tailback injured his foot during Wednesday night’s intrasquad scrimmage at Alumni Stadium.
After receiving a pass from quarterback Chase Rettig, Finch took a solid hit and immediately went to the bench to receive treatment from the Eagles medical staff.
“I hate to say it but it is his foot, but it’s a little too early to say more,” BC coach Frank Spaziani told the Boston Herald. “We put some ice on it and do the usual routine, X-ray and MRI.”
Finch, who led BC with 705 rushing yards last season, is the latest Eagle to go down with an injury during a tough preseason for the team. BC also lost starting tight end Chris Pantale and Al Louis-Jean to injuries this summer. The backfield already had received a hit as well as sophomore Tahj Kimble sat out with a bruised leg.
|08.14.12 at 2:58 pm ET|
Boston College starting cornerback Al Louis-Jean injured his left foot in practice on Monday and is likely to miss “several games,” according to coach Frank Spaziani.
The Brockton native played 10 games as a true freshman last fall, recording an interception and a forced fumble along with 15 tackles and three pass break-ups.
Louis-Jean injured himself the same day teammate Chris Pantale underwent surgery on his right foot that will keep him sidelined for approximately eight weeks.
The senior tight end has 77 receptions for 797 yards and five touchdowns over his first three years with the Eagles. In 12 games last season, the Wayne, N.J., native caught 21 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns.
Earlier this summer, Pantale was named to the preseason watch list of the John Mackey Award, which is given to the most outstanding collegiate tight end.
|08.13.12 at 5:05 pm ET|
Bob Hyland, an offensive lineman at Boston College from 1964-66 who was the ninth overall pick of the 1967 NFL draft, was named to the 2012 ACC Football Championship Game Legends Class.
Hyland, the first Eagle to be selected in the first round of the draft when he was chosen by Vince Lombardi‘s Packers, went on to play 11 seasons in the NFL. After three years in Green Bay (including an appearance in Super Bowl II) he played one year for the Bears, five for the Giants, one back in Green Bay and one as a member of the Patriots in 1977.
A 1988 inductee into the BC Hall of Fame, Hyland resides in his original hometown of White Plains, N.Y.
Hyland and the rest of the ACC Legends — including North Carolina’s Dre’ Bly, Miami’s Ted Hendricks, Duke’s Mike McGee, Virginia’s Frank Quayle and NC State’s Torry Holt — will be honored at the ACC championship game on Dec. 1.