Sports Shorts: Men's Golf and Women's Tennis Thrive

This past Monday and Tuesday, the BC men’s golf team placed 3rd at the Oak Hill Invitational. Although the golfers missed out on the marathon, it was worth their while by playing exceptionally well in Rochester, N.Y. at the Oak Hill Country Club.

Leading the Eagles to the bronze was John Jackopsic, a junior who also pulled out on top for BC at the Brandon Dunes Invitational. Jackopsic recorded an impressive 69 (three under par the) final day to finish 6th overall. The junior ended up shooting plus eight for the entire tournament. Fellow juniors Andy Mai and Matt Murphy shot a low of 71 for the tournament as well. Freshman sensation Pat Oleksak had a promising 18+ throughout the three rounds, killing the competition and finishing 18th overall.

The Eagles earned 3rd place with an overall score of 898, trailing behind both Nebraska (870) and Notre Dame (866). This upcoming weekend, the Eagles are traveling to New London, N.C. for the 61st Annual ACC Championship. BC will play with Maryland and Notre Dame.

I personally can’t wait to bring out the ole’ sticks and hit the links. There is nothing like summer days in the seventies paired with a round of golf. Definitely trying to get some lessons from Pat Oleksak. I keep slicing the drives into the fescue.

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Women’s Tennis wins first ACC Tournament Match

The BC Eagles defeated Pitt and claimed a victory for the first time in an ACC Tournament. Matched up against the Panthers for the first round of the tourney, the women were able to hold their own throughout both the doubles and single matches.

Freshman Lexi Borr closed out the 1st round in addition to victories from Jessica Wacnik at no. 1 singles, Wan-Yi Sweeting and Katya Vasilyev at doubles, as well as Wacnik and Borr in doubles. The Eagles were ranked 10th seed at the beginning of the tournament compared to Pitt’s initial ranking of 15th seed. The Panthers had a pretty disastrous season with an overall record of 4-15, and 0-14 within the ACC.

This Thursday, the BC Eagles face no. 7 Notre Dame in the second round of the ACC tournament located in Cary Tennis Park, N.C. Having a respectable overall record of 15-8 and 8-6 within the ACC, the Fighting Irish are a viable threat. Going into the first round, BC was 14-9 overall and 5-9 within the ACC.

Wacnik played Pitt’s freshman, Audrey Ann Blakely, who hails from Wyomissing Area High School. Being her classmate, it is pretty cool to see her as number one for as big of a school as Pitt. Nice try Audrey, but I have to say I’m glad BC triumphed.

Silver at The Reed Trophy Regatta

This past Tuesday, the women’s sailing team traveled to Connecticut to face other schools in the Reed Trophy Regatta, hosted by the Coast Guard. Both the women’s Division A and B Teams placed 2nd to Yale, who turned out to be the ultimate victor.

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With 155 total points, Yale snatched the gold as Boston College totaled 173, and while Dartmouth fished 3rd with 202 points. The Division A Team consisted of Erika Reineke, Elizabeth Barnard, and Kaitlin Driscoll while BC’s Division B Team consisted of Carolyn Naughton, Katherine Downey, and Emily Schalka.

I think sailing would be a pretty cool thing to pick up. For those of you interested, I hear that freshman sailing superstar Jack Flaherty is giving wicked good lessons this summer in the Boston area. Definitely worth checking out if you are around.

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