Sports Shorts: BU Hockey beats BC, Softball Goes Undefeated in Florida

BU women's hockey snatches Hockey East title from BC

Boston College hockey won’t be hoisting both Hockey East tournament trophies this year. On Sunday, the No. 4 BC women’s hockey team (27-6-3) faced off against that other school on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University, in the Women’s Hockey East tournament final.

Dana Trivigno and Taylor Wasyik scored in the first period to give BC a 2-1 lead, but in the third period, BU’s Louise Warren and Maddie Elia scored in the third period to take the lead 3-2. BC couldn’t respond and when the final horn blared, it was that other school on Commonwealth Avenue that celebrated in victory.

The Eagles held a 42-34 advantage in shots, but power play proved to be the deciding factor as BC went 0-3 on the power play while BU went 2-4.

The Eagles will still play in the NCAA tournament with an at-large bid. They will face Clarkson in the first round of the tournament on Saturday, March 15.

Softball goes undefeated in Florida

BC’s softball team basked in the sun and the baseball diamonds of Florida over the weekend. Playing at the University of South Florida’s Under Armour Showcase Series, the Eagles finished with a perfect record of 5-0.

On Friday, BC faced St. John’s University and Southern Illinois University. The Eagles beat St. John's 4-2, suppressing a late rally by the Red Storm in the sixth inning.. It was a different story against Southern Illinois as the Eagles’ bats came alive, thrashing the Salukis 12-5.

Nicole D'Argento played a huge role in BC's 5-0 record at the USF series. Photo courtesy: BCEagles.com

Nicole D'Argento played a huge role in BC's 5-0 record at the USF series.
Photo courtesy of  BCEagles.com

On Saturday, BC had another doubleheader against Villanova University and Cleveland State University. Against ‘Nova, the Eagles needed to put on their rally caps. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the 8th inning and with runners on second and third base with one out, Nicole D’Argento hit a double to bring in the runners.

An error put D’Argento on third base and after a wild pitch, D’Argento scored to give BC the win. Not only did she account for the Eagles three runs, she also pitched a complete game, striking out seven batters. For Cleveland State, no rally caps were necessary as the Eagles crushed Cleveland State by a score of 13-0. Jordan Weed pitched a one-hit shutout and struck out eight Vikings en route to the win.

On Sunday, BC faced Northwestern University in their fifth and final game of the series. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the Eagles responded with a four-run inning, led by RBIs from Alana Dimaso, Taylor Croneos, and Weed. D’Argento had another stellar pitching performance, striking out nine batters on her way to a complete game.

This six game winning streak is the longest for the Eagles softball team since they won seven straight back in 2012.

Season over for women’s basketball

Over spring break, the BC women’s basketball team travelled to Greensboro, North Carolina for the first round of the ACC Tournament. Unfortunately, the Eagles met an early exit at the hands of No. 10 University of Virginia.

Katie Zenevitch led the way with 14 points while Lauren Engeln and Kelly Hughes contributed with 12 points each, but it wasn’t enough for the Eagles. After four minutes into the first half, UVA went on a 12-0 run to build a comfortable 21-9 lead over BC. The Eagles fought hard, but couldn’t break UVA’s dominant play. The final score was 74-59.

The Eagles finish the 2013-2014 season 12-19 overall.

Johnny Hockey earns third straight Hockey East Player of the Month honors

Johnny Gaudreau’s banner season continued on March 3 when he was honored with his third straight Hockey East Player of the Month award following a 12-point February.

Photo courtesy: BC Athletics Instagram

Photo courtesy of BC Athletics / Instagram

Gaudreau scored six goals and dished out six assists over the month of February. He is currently on a 29-game point streak heading the Hockey East Quarterfinals and finished the regular season as the nation’s leading scorer, averaging 1.88 points per game and ranked 1st in goals scored (30), points (64), and ranked 2nd in assists (34).

Gaudreau may have to make some more room in his trophy case as he has been touted as the front-runner for the Hobey Baker award, given to the top NCAA men’s ice hockey player.

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