No. 4 Wildcats Beat Boston C., Give Amonte Hiller 200th Win

Sophomore goalkeeper Bridget Bianco was stellar between the pipes for the Wildcats, recording nine saves compared to eight goals against before being relieved late in the game by classmate Brooke Jones.

Stanwick finished with four goals to pace the Eagles, whose coaching staff boasts two branches in Amonte Hiller's impressive coaching tree -- head coach Acacia Walker, an assistant for three years under Amonte Hiller from 2006-09, and assistant coach Alex Frank, a 2012 NU graduate who served as team captain of back-to-back NCAA championship-winning Northwestern teams.

Up next for the Wildcats is a return trip to the East Coast, where Northwestern will face 12th-ranked Johns Hopkins at 11:00 a.m. CT Saturday before heading to Annapolis to take on Navy at 3:00 p.m. CT Monday. That game will be carried live to a national audience on CBS Sports Network.

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Sophomore Covie Stanwick scored a team-high four goals, but Boston College lost to No. 4 Northwestern, 17-10, at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill., on Wednesday night.

Stanwick scored three goals in the second half while sophomore Mikaela Rix and freshman Kate Rich each scored two goals in the game for the Eagles (2-3, 0-0 ACC).

For the Wildcats (4-1, 1-0 ALC), Erin Fitzgerald and Amanda Macaluso scored five and three goals respectively. NU head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller earned her 200th career win with the victory.

The Eagles registered the first goal of the game as Stanwick scored off a Sarah Mannelly assist just under three minutes into the contest. On the play, Mannelly ran from left to right across the arc and passed back to Stanwick just outside the crease who then found the back of the net.

Northwestern scored the half's next nine goals from 24:07 to 4:38 to stake a 9-1 edge. With 3:40 left in the first, Rix notched BC's second goal of the game and ended the half's scoring on a free position shot starting from the left wing of the arc.

Stanwick opened the second half's scoring on an eight-meter shot 20 seconds into the stanza. After NU scored twice more, Cali Ceglarski connected on a shot to the lower left corner of the far post to bring BC within 11-4 with just over 25 minutes remaining.

The Wildcats added another tally before Stanwick scored twice in a row to cut NU's edge to 12-6 with 15:00 to play. On the first goal Stanwick received a pass from Rix inside the arc and converted before posting an unassisted tally on a low-angled shot.

After four straight goals from Northwestern, Rix won a draw and charged straight to the net to score and make it 16-7 with 4:35 remaining. Rich scored two goals and Moira Barry scored once inside of the last three minutes, while NU added one more tally for the final margin.

Next, Boston College plays in its ACC opener at Virginia Tech on Saturday at noon.

Game notes: BC falls to 1-2 all-time against NU ... Covie Stanwick has recorded at least three points in each of BC's games this season ... Mikaela Rix has tallied at least two goals in each game this year ... prior to the game, Northwestern's 2012 national championship team which included BC assistant coach Alex Frank was honored.

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2013-03-06



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