Boston College Upends No. 9 Virginia in Red Bandanna Game

NEWTON, Mass. – Freshman Sarah Mannelly scored three goals to lead Boston College past No. 9 Virginia, 10-7, in the team's Red Bandanna No. 19 Game at the Newton Campus Field on Saturday afternoon.

Prior to the game, the family of Welles Crowther '99, a former BC men's lacrosse player and 9/11 hero, was honored, and Crowther's family presented senior Ali Meagher with a No. 19 jersey – the number which Crowther wore during his playing days.

With the score tied at 4-4, the Eagles (5-6, 2-2 ACC) used a 5-0 run midway through the second half to take a 9-4 lead and separate themselves from the Cavaliers (6-6, 0-4 ACC).

Sophomore Mikaela Rix scored twice while classmate Covie Stanwick and junior Moira Barry each recorded a goal and an assist in front of a season-high 513 fans.

Mannelly put BC on the board first almost seven minutes into the game. After a UVA goal, freshman Caroline Margolis scored BC's second goal of the contest before the Cavaliers knotted the score at 2-2 with 12:51 left in the half.

After over 10 minutes of scoreless play, freshman Kate Rich converted on a free position shot to give BC back the lead with 1:23 left in the half. Just before the buzzer sounded Rix found the back of the net off a feed from Barry to give the Eagles a 4-2 edge heading into the break.

The Cavaliers scored the second half's first two goals before the Eagles went on their decisive 5-0 run. Mannelly started the run with an unassisted tally before Rix and Stanwick each netted goals off free position shots to push BC's advantage to 7-4 with 17:10 remaining.

Mannelly scored again before junior Kate McCarthy connected on a shot to close out the run and match BC's largest lead of the game at 9-4 with 10:48 to play. Virginia responded with a goal just over 30 seconds later, but Barry answered with a goal off a Stanwick pass to make the score, 10-5 with 8:53 left. UVA scored twice inside of the last two minutes for the final margin.

Next, Boston College hosts Duke on April 6 at 1:00 p.m. on Newton Field.

Game Notes: BC beat UVa for the second time in three years and picked up its first win over a top-10 opponent since defeating the seventh-ranked Cavaliers, 12-6, on April 2, 2011 in Newton ... Sarah Mannelly scored three or more goals in a game for the fourth time this season ... BC has now scored first in seven of its 11 games ... The Eagles improved to 5-0 when leading at the half.

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NEWTON, Mass. – The No. 9 Virginia women's lacrosse team dropped its fourth ACC contest of the season, falling 10-7 at Boston College.

After a pair of early second-half goals from Caroline McTiernan (Sr., Garden City, N.Y.) tied the game, 4-4, Boston College scored five straight to take control of the contest.

“It is definitely disappointing to come up short against BC,” Virginia head coach Julie Myers said. “I think they are a good team with some strong attackers, but we didn't score when we needed to. We worked hard, but we didn't execute the simple things. We had lots of shots, but we couldn't hit the cage.”

For just the third time this season, Virginia had fewer draw controls than its opponent,with BC winning 10 to the Cavaliers' seven. BC dominated the draw in the second half, 8-3. BC also won the ground balls, 14-8, including a 7-3 second-half advantage.

With the loss, the Cavaliers drop to 6-6 and 0-4 in the ACC with only one regular-season conference contest remaining, the season finale on April 17 against Virginia Tech. Boston College improves to 5-6 and 2-2 in the ACC.

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