WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Eagles Get Senior Day Win
Published: Monday, February 18, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 18, 2013 00:02
Seven extra numbers were carefully painted onto two panels that were attached to the boards in Conte Forum. The numbers 2, 7, 10, 11, 13, 18, and 29 represented four years of practice, games, wins, losses, goals, assists, saves, and leadership. Above the numbers, in the Eagles’ maroon and gold, “Women’s Hockey Seniors” explained to all present the relevance of those numbers.
Saturday was senior day for the women’s hockey team as Boston College hosted the University of Connecticut in their final home game. In the two teams’ second meeting of the season, the Eagles once again came away with a dominating win, finishing with a final score of 6-1.
Before play started, the seven seniors, Kristina Brown, Dru Burns, Blake Bolden, Caitlin Walsh, Elizabeth Olchowski, Ashley Motherwell, and Corrine Boyles and their families were called forward as each of their individual accomplishments were announced to the arena—they were congratulated by members of the athletic department, including athletic director Brad Bates.
From a top goal-scorer to a behind-the-scenes motivator, all of the seniors had a long list of honors to make them remembered as a class that helped this team emerge as a formidable opponent in the Hockey East conference.
As an additional honor, coach Katie King-Crowley elected to let six of the seniors start the game for BC, with Boyles in goal and the other five spots filled by all but Motherwell.
“They’ve done such a great job with our program from the first day they stepped on campus,” she said. “It’s great to be able to reward them.”
The first period held a slow start for BC. In their previous meeting, the Eagles scored eight goals on the scoreless Huskies, so there were high expectations for offense in this game, as well. Although the Eagles did take a penalty in the first period, as Motherwell was given two minutes for holding early on, the penalty kill did its job and managed to limit the Huskies’ chances, keeping the game scoreless. While they were at even strength, BC dominated possession, spending the majority of the period in their offensive zone.
It appeared that BC would go up early in the period when Motherwell slipped the puck through the Connecticut goalie’s five-hole, but after a quick review it was found that there had been interference with the goalie in the crease, and the goal was waved off.
Despite the offensive pressure, the Eagles remained scoreless until the 11th minute. Just after the midway point of the period, Alex Carpenter took a pass from line mate Haley Skarupa. From about 10 feet out, she fired on net, beating the Connecticut goalie Sarah Moses for the first goal of the night and putting the Eagles up 1-0.
From there, the offense continued to take chance after chance at Moses. In four minutes, Carpenter, who led the Eagles with four points in the game, struck again, this time fed by a rebound from Melissa Bizzari that she wrapped behind the net to beat Moses once again.
The Eagles finished off a dominant first period performance with an unassisted goal by Bolden, who charged at the net, taking her own rebound too quickly for the Huskies to reset and putting BC up 3-0.
BC came out with the same kind of offensive dominance in the second. Once again, the Huskies struggled to maintain possession and the Eagles took chance after chance in the offensive zone.
It was the Huskies that had the only goal of the period, coming almost seven minutes into the period. BC had held them to only one shot on goal before that seven-minute mark, Michela Cava scored on Connecticut’s second shot of the period.
The Eagles did not slacken their effort, however. Their strong effort in the Huskie zone held Connecticut to only three shots on goal. Despite all of the BC chances, however, 16 saves by Moses held the Eagles scoreless in the period.
Crowley was not discouraged by the Eagles’ scoreless period and explained that it is easy for a team to feel safe and tone down its offensive efforts.
BC opened the third a man down, after Motherwell was put away for elbowing in the last minute of the second period. With the man-up advantage, Connecticut managed to maintain much more possession than they had during the first two periods, but as soon as the Eagles got back to full strength, Jackie Young scored on BC’s first attempt of the period.
With the scoreless streak over, the Eagles dominated the rest of play, sealing their 6-1 victory with fouls from Emily Field and Kristina Brown, whose goal in the period’s 15th minute came off of Meghan Grieves and Olchowski, who recorded her first point for BC in her senior day game.
The Eagles finished the day with 48 shots on net versus the Huskies’ 18. After the game, Crowley spoke to the mental toll that taking so many shots can have on a team, but was happy to have the game as a learning experience.