The struggles continued for Boston College men’s tennis, as the Eagles (2-10, 0-10 Atlantic Coast) suffered crushing defeats against both Florida State (8-13, 2-8) and Miami on the weekend(6-7, 4-4). BC lost both contests 7-0 and did not even make it to a third set on any court across the two matches.
The Eagles had originally been scheduled to face the Hurricanes on Sunday, but the game was moved up to Saturday night due to a forecast of bad weather on Sunday. Max Motlagh, playing on the first singles court, and Mason Fung, playing on the fifth, had the best showings for the Eagles as both lost 6-1, 7-5. Fung and Motlagh played together on the first doubles court and were soundly defeated 6-0 by the Miami pair of Franco Aubone and Benjamin Hannestad.
The Seminoles were even more dominant against BC. Max Mendelsohn was the only Eagle to win four games in a set as he lost 6-4, 6-4 to Richard Thongoana on the second singles court.
With BC top singles players Sean Mullins and Shreekar Eedara out of the lineup this weekend, the Eagles slotted a couple of underclassmen into the squad. Sophomore Will Coad competed in the sixth singles spot against the Seminoles, falling 6-3, 6-2. Freshman Bennett Turner took over the spot against the Hurricanes and fell 6-2, 6-0.
Things were a little better on the women’s side, as the Eagles hosted top-ranked North Carolina and No. 14 Duke over the weekend. BC’s clash against the Tar Heels on Sunday was BC’s Senior Day, and the Eagles honored Loren Haukova, Yufei Long, Reagan Posorske, Maria Ross, and Kylie Wilcox after the match.
North Carolina (22-0, 12-0 Atlantic Coast) has taken a blowtorch to its schedule this season, and the victory over the Eagles (4-9, 2-9) was the latest feather in its already very decorated cap. All of the Tarheels won their matches in straight sets. Laura Lopez put up the most fight among the BC squad as she fell 7-5, 6-4 to No. 21 Makenna Jones.
Lopez was also strong on Friday afternoon against Duke (13-5, 8-4) as she defeated No. 34 Chloe Beck 4-6, 6-4, 1-0. The rest of BC’s players were not as successful, and the Blue Devils won every other match in straight sets.
Competing against Boston University lightweights on the Charles River, the Eagles fared well, notching a victory in the first varsity eight race. The Eagles’ top boat held a sizable lead over the first 1,000 meters of the race and held on to finish the 2K in 7:08:20. The Terriers came in at 7:14:18, followed by the Eagles’ second varsity eight at 7:30:56.
The Eagles entered three boats in both the varsity four and the 2x/N4+ competitions, but BU secured the victory in both races. The Terriers came in at 8:28:24 in the varsity four, followed by the BC A boat at 8:37:23. BC A finished the 2x/N4+ race in 8:44:52, less than two seconds off the Terriers boat.
Coming off a pair of wins against non-conference opponents, the Eagles (3-9-1, 1-7-0) continued their strong play in their return to ACC play as they drew Wake Forest (5-7-2, 3-4-1) 1-1 in a double-overtime clash. Sam Smith put BC ahead in the 85th minute for her fifth goal of the season after Jillian Jennings knocked the ball away from a Wake Forest defender.
With just 54 seconds left in the game, Olivia Stowell equalized with a clinical volley off a well-placed corner from Sophie Faircloth.
Both teams had a number of opportunities in extra time, as both BC goalie Allie Augur and Wake Forest keeper Kaitlyn Parks made a pair of saves in the 20th minute of overtime but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Wake held a 25-11 advantage in shots, but BC was more accurate in its attacks on net and finished with an 8-7 advantage in shots on goal. Smith led the way with her goal and three shots on target.
Double overtime was the theme of the weekend for BC soccer, as the men also battled for 110 minutes in a scoreless tie against North Carolina State (3-8-4, 1-7-4). The draw marked the end of both programs’ seasons. Amos Shapiro-Thompson and Stefan Sigurdarson each notched three shots for the Eagles (1-3-1), and Sigurdarson’s diving header off a free kick from Kristofer Konradsson in the 50th minute was BC’s best chance of the afternoon.
What the game lacked in scoring chances, however, it more than made up for in physicality. There were 35 fouls across the game and eight cards. Eagles defender Wil Jacques was sent off with a red card in the 100th minute, and Sigurdarson was given the boot on another straight red in the final seconds of the game.
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