No. 18 Boston College Holds off Canisius on Senior Day

NEWTON, Mass. – Sophomore Mikaela Rix scored a game-high four goals and No. 18 Boston College extended its winning streak to a school-record seven games defeating Canisius, 12-10, in its regular season finale at the Newton Campus Lacrosse Field on Sunday afternoon.

Freshman Sarah Mannelly scored three goals including two in the last six minutes to help the Eagles (11-6, 3-2 ACC) break a 10-10 and outlast the Golden Griffins (11-4, 5-0 MAAC).

Sophomore Covie Stanwick recorded two assists and a goal to push her season goal total to 52 – matching BC's single-season goals record set by Lauren Costello in 2010. Freshman Kara Magley scored twice, and classmate Caroline Margolis posted a goal and two assists.

After surrendering the game's first goal to the Griffs, the Eagles responded with four unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead just under eight minutes into the contest. Rix scored the run's first two goals before Magley found the back of the net. Junior Moira Barry closed the run off a pass from senior Kate Rooney.

The Griffs scored the next two goals to pull within 4-3 with 14:02 to go in the first, but BC scored the opening period's last four goals to bring an 8-3 edge into the locker room. Rix scored her third and fourth goals of the game to start the run in between a goal from Stanwick off a free position shot. Stanwick found Margolis open for a goal with seven seconds left in the half to give BC its five-goal edge.

Magley scored just over four minutes into the second half to push BC's lead to 9-3, its largest, before the Griffins used a 7-1 run to tie the game at 10-10 with 12:01 to play. The Griffs scored three straight before Mannelly scored her first goal of the game on a one-timer off a Stanwick pass to maintain the Eagles' lead at 10-6 with 16:35 left. Canisius then scored four consecutive goals in a four-minute span to knot the game, 10-10.

Mannelly broke the tie with 5:54 left using a spin move to lose her defender on the left side of the goal and firing a shot past the goalie. She scored the game's last goal with 4:32 remaining, attacking from the top of the arc and beating the goalie once again.

Next, third-seeded BC will face sixth-seeded Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship from Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. (RSN/ESPN3).

Game Notes: Prior to the game BC honored its four-member senior class – Brooke Blue, Jessie Coffield, Ali Meagher, and Kate Rooney ... in lieu of announcing its starters, BC went onto the field as a team carrying an American flag in light of the tragic events which occurred this past week in the Boston area ... the game was rescheduled from Saturday due to Friday's manhunt for the marathon bombing suspect ... BC improved to 3-0 all-time against Canisius ... Mikaela Rix increased her season point total to 48 surpassing her freshman mark of 46 ... Kate Rooney recorded her first point of the year ... BC improved to 6-0 in April and 7-0 in games decided by 1-3 goals.

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Facing a six-goal second-half deficit, Canisius rallied to tie the game but in the end, nationally-ranked Boston College prevailed with a 12-10 victory in Newton, Mass. on Sunday. The loss ends the Griffs' school-record nine-game winning streak as the team drops to 11-4 on the season, while the 18th-ranked Eagles improve to 11-6.

“We had a real sloppy six or seven minutes in the first half that cost us today,” said Canisius head coach Scott Teeter. “I'm proud with the way that we responded in the second half and played right with a top-20 team. Kayla Scully played really well today and did a good job of keeping us in the game. If we can only figure out a way to play a full 60 minutes against a top team, we'll be successful, but we have to put it all together so far.”

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