Rix Leads No. 5 Boston College to Victory vs. Holy Cross

Junior Mikaela Rix led the Eagles with four points on three goals and an assist as No. 5 Boston College defeated Holy Cross, 11-5, on Wednesday evening at the Newton Lacrosse Field.

Senior Moira Barry also netted three goals. The three goals were a game high. Sophomore Sarah Mannelly scored twice and added an assist while classmate Caroline Margolis, graduate student Brooke Blue, and freshman Kate Weeks all added one goal apiece.

The Eagles (9-3, 1-3 ACC) scored back-to-back goals to open up the game. Rix and Barry scored during the opening run. Holy Cross closed the gap on a free position shot with 22:11 left in the first half before Margolis and Mannelly scored consecutive goals to give the Eagles a 4-1 lead at the 15:48 mark. Both BC goals were unassisted.

The Crusaders (5-8) managed to get one more goal in the first half but Barry netted back-to-back goals at the end of the period to give the Eagles a 6-2 edge at the half. Mannelly and Rix assisted on the goals.

Boston College scored the first four goals of the second half to establish a 10-2 lead with 20:58 left to play. Weeks, Blue, and Rix scored during the run.

Margie Smith found the net at the 13:06 mark to add a point for the Crusaders but Mannelly responded just a minute later to make it an 11-3 BC lead.

The Crusaders scored the final two goals of the period but the Eagles held on for the win.

Boston College held the advantage in shots (23-11) and draw controls (13-5). Holy Cross edged the Eagles in ground balls (18-12) and saves (5-3).

The Eagles are back in action on Saturday as they travel to No. 8 Duke for a noon game.

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NEWTON, Mass. Mikaela Rix posted three goals and one assist for four points for the Eagles, as Holy Cross fell to No. 5 Boston College, 11-5, on Wednesday afternoon at the Newton Lacrosse Field in Patriot League action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 5-8 overall, while the Eagles improve to 9-3 overall.

After the Eagles took an early 2-0 lead, sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) found the back of the net for the Crusaders to make it a 2-1 game. BC then tallied two straight goals to move out to a 4-1 advantage. Following a goal by junior captain Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.), the Eagles closed out the half with two straight goals for the 6-2 lead.

Boston College increased its lead to 10-2 by scoring the first four goals of the second half. The Crusaders then ended the Eagles' scoring streak with a goal by sophomore Margie Smith (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) with 13:06 left. With the Crusaders now trailing 11-3 after a goal by BC, junior Lissie Russert (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored off a pass by sophomore MacKenzie Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md.) and Martino netted the last goal of the contest for the 11-5 final score.

Senior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made five saves, while Emily Mata posted three saves to earn the win. Boston College outshot Holy Cross, 23-11, while the Crusaders tallied 18 ground balls and the Eagles posted 12. BC secured 13 draw controls and Holy Cross tallied five. The Crusaders went 2-5 on free-position shots and the Eagles went 1-4.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, April 5 when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa., to play Patriot League opponent Bucknell at 1:00 p.m.


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