Women's Soccer Draws Second-Seeded BC in NCAA First Round

GO TERRIERS BU will be making its sixth-straight appearance in the NCAAs.
BU will be making its sixth-straight appearance in the NCAAs.
Nov. 8, 2010

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BOSTON - The No. 17 Boston University women's soccer team (16-5-0) has learned its NCAA fate and will take on crosstown rival No. 16 Boston College on Friday, Nov. 12 at BC's Newton Campus Soccer Field. The Terriers, who earned the America East's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament last Saturday, will be making their sixth-straight appearance and ninth overall.

This weekend's bracket will feature four Northeast rivals as Boston College, which drew the No. 2 seed in its bracket, will play host to BU, UConn and Hofstra. The Terriers have faced two of three squads this season, losing to the Eagles, 1-0, back on Sept. 4, and defeating the Huskies by a 3-0 margin on Sept. 19.

Boston University, which is one of just 18 schools to appear in each of the last six NCAAs, and Boston College have a storied history, meeting 15 times over the past 15 seasons. The Eagles hold the advantage in the series, 11-4, which dates back to the 1996 season, when the Terriers claimed a 3-1 overtime win. The rivalry extends into the postseason as the two squads have faced off in two of the Terriers' last six NCAA contests with the Eagles claiming both games.

Having 13 straight games - all via shutout - the Terriers earned a berth in the NCAA tourney after defeating Maine, 4-0, in the America East title game last Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field. Senior Shauna Kelleher, along with juniors Jessica Luscinski and Katherine Donnelly and freshman Kylie Strom were named to the AE All-Tournament Team, with Luscinski picking up Most Outstanding Player honors.

The story of this season has been BU's prolific offense, which has produced a program-record 49 goals and ranks 12th in the nation for scoring offense (2.33 gpg), and its stingy defense, which currently owns the second longest shutout streak in NCAA history.

Graduate student Lisa Kevorkian has tallied a conference-best 35 points and 14 goals to rank eighth and 11th in the nation, respectively. Luscinski, the 2010 America East Striker of the Year, is not far behind with 12 goals and 31 points - good for 22nd nationally in both categories.

The first round games will be at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, while the second round will be on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m.

Defensively, BU has gone an incredible 1,187:02 minutes without giving up a goal as it now ranks second nationally in shutout percentage (.714) and fifth in goals-against average (0.48). The duo of AE Rookie of the Year Kelly King and AE Goalkeeper of the Year Alice Binns has taken on the majority of the netminding duties all season to surrender just 10 goals in 21 games.

The senior class, which made history on Sunday becoming the first group to win four straight conference crowns, and 16-year head coach Nancy Feldman are no strangers to the NCAA Tournament. They have faced top-ranked opponents in each of the last three seasons, culminating with a showdown with then-defending national champion USC in 2008. The BU program has won two games in the tourney - a 1-0 overtime win against the Huskies in 2005 and a 1-0 victory over Holy Cross in 2000.

Boston College is coming off a 1-1 showing at the ACC Tournament. The Eagles defeated fifth-ranked Virginia, 1-0, behind a goal by Maddie Payne, but lost their lost the second game 1-0 in overtime to Maryland. Junior goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni earned a spot on the ACC All-Tournament team for the second consecutive season.

The winner of the contest will face either UConn or Hofstra in the second round on Sunday.

Tickets for the games can be purchased by calling the Boston College Ticket Office at 617-552-4622 or go to www.bceagles.com for information. Tickets can also be purchased prior to the games at the Newton Soccer Field. Admission for both Friday and Sunday games will be $3 for students/youths and $7 for general admission.



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