Sunday, March 31, 2013
Don't forget about The Boston College Hockey Blog
This offseason should provide plenty of news as we learn more about who comes back and track York's recovery. I am sure The Boston College Hockey Blog will have solid opinion, news and analysis along the way. I don't give hockey enough attention, but fortunately these guys do.
Union ends Hockey's run
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Momah gets his NFL shot with Philly
Philadelphia made sense for a lot of reasons. They are changing offenses, so Momah will be learning a new system at the same time his teammates are (which levels the playing field). There are many BC ties and coaches he knows so they will make sure he gets a fair shake.
Because NFL deals are not guaranteed Momah could still be let go before the season starts. But as long as he stays healthy, I think he will play. Congrats to him and I hope he shines.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Tweets of the Week
Saw our team chaplain today. He referred to this weekend as the Superbowl for the church. Gave me a good chuckle— Anthony Castonzo (@AnthonyCastonzo) March 28, 2013
Very Blessed #BC17 #CollegeBound instagram.com/p/XTPL25LlFW/— Myles Willis #12 (@MylesAhead_12) March 26, 2013
We got a point on the road tonight. We are still in 2nd place. Thank you for all the support today. My first start and 90 minutes. Progress— Charlie Davies (@CharlieDavies9) March 28, 2013
We want our fans to leave saying "I can't wait to go back!" Our "You're No. 1" theme means every single fan is an important part of BCFB.— Brad Bates (@BCBradBates) March 27, 2013
For all those who went to school in #Boston buzzfeed.com/chackattack/wh… genius— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) March 27, 2013
Bravo to all BC performers & special guest @chrisodonnell- on.bc.edu/10yogtv - Spectacular #BC150 concert @ Symphony Hall. #wearebc— Boston College (@BostonCollege) March 24, 2013
We'll never forget this moment @charliedavies9 RT @brianstraus: Charlie Davies silences the Azteca (via @mls) twitter.com/BrianStraus/st…— The American Outlaws (@AmericanOutlaws) March 26, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Addazio goes local again with second verbal
There was a lot to criticize Spaz for, but one of the most legitimate complaints was his inability to close out local kids. New England needs to be the base of our recruiting and a guy like Yaidom is a good sign that we can turn the tide among local prospects and coaches.
Yaidon is originally from Virginia and recently called Virginia Tech his "dream school" and the Hokies had interest. Addazio and staff did enough to change his mind. That's good selling/recruiting.
Closing on early targets
Under Spaz BC had a terrible time converting their early targets into commitments. I don't know if Yaidom is a legit prospect but BC thinks highly of him. Now instead of the kid slow playing us, he committed right away. That is a big difference. Hopefully this leads to better roster management and more recruiting momentum.
This is a big class and there is an eternity between now and signing day. It will take many twists and turns, but the early signs are very positive.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Change is about more than tailgating
1. Keep the action constant. I actually got this idea from Mark Cuban. He says his worst nightmare is seeing people looking down at their smart phones during games. I understand that BC cannot have a juggler running out on the field during every TV timeout, but there has to be something to fill the breaks in the action. Give people a reason to be there in person. If all they are getting is the game action, you will lose them to the TV experience. This probably means a significant upgrade in the scoreboard and the scoreboard features.
2. More dynamic pricing. The internet has already done this to a certain extent on the reseller's market, but I think BC should test new ideas. The Army game is not as valuable as the Virginia Tech game. They should probably be priced accordingly. Even if it is net-revenue neutral for BC, the perception of the customer changes. They don't feel they are being "ripped off" by a less-exciting home slate.
3. Market and communicate culture changes. The two big ingrained fan behaviors need to change. The first is the late arriving crowd. The second is the fans who get mad at other fans for standing and cheering. BC has tried a few things here and there to change both, but nothing took hold. I think BC has to communicate its desire to change both and change the marketing around it. For getting to the seats on-time, that involves adjusting the tailgating policy in a friendly way, but also creating some sort of "must see" tradition to get people to their seats (a live eagle, maybe). For the "down in fronts" I think BC needs to potentially segregate the crowd. Ask people when they renew if they want a "loud" or "reserved" section. It might be weird to have whole sections sitting while others stand, but at least the fans will be with others like themselves.
What other ideas do you want to see?
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Recruiting challenge reminder
We ended the season on a high note. Hanlan exploded and the team proved they could play good defense and hang with some of the best teams in the country. With our core coming back and maturing a year, next year should be a turning point. To break through we probably need one big man. A Center/Power Forward type would give us size when we face bigger teams and provide an insurance policy if Clifford never regains his old form. Hicks and his fellow incoming freshman Garland Owens are nice to haves but still leave us with a hole on the front line. And with two commits and the megaclass becoming Juniors, Donahue now only has two scholarships to work with and no impact big man on the horizon.
Donahue has to win next year. But at the same time he has to plan for life after the Anderson/Clifford/Odio class. Taking Hicks is a move to solidify the program.
Donahue has a few options. With two scholarships open he can still add more pieces to his current recruiting class. While that might create more imbalance, a betting man would guess we will have more attrition (Caudill?) freeing up other scholarships for next year's class. Or he can look for another 5th year like Van Nest who gives him size for one season. Or he can wait for an elite big man to come along and make the most of the guys he has now.
My hope is that he finds a big man for next year. Whether it is a 5th year, a Juco (highly unlikely) or a freshman. While scholarship balance is a good thing, I don't think we should take this year's finish for granted. We have a window next year. Win now and figure the rest out later.
Monday, March 25, 2013
ACC Helmet Hullaballoo
Best news of the Day
Jerry York met with his eye surgeon this afternoon and received a great report; he'll return to lead the Eagles tomorrow #BCHockey— BC Hockey (@BCHockeyNews) March 25, 2013
This is very good news. I don't know how much the eye surgery will slow York down or if he'll be able to travel the following week (assuming we win), but I am happy for him that he'll be part of this tournament.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Hockey to face Union in Providence
BC provided no guidance on Jerry York's status. I would find it hard to imagine him coming back this week.
For more on the tournament, check out USCHO's bracket breakdown.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Baseball loses and other links
Friday, March 22, 2013
Not our night
The BC Women will break through at the Frozen Four...just not this year. They lost to Minnesota in OT. It is a tough pill to swallow, but it doesn't dampen another strong season.
Tweets of the Week
@dukestjournal @bcatleagle does this make BC's basketball team all hipsters? "We were losing to Harvard before it was cool.."— Dan Wilkos (@wilkos) March 22, 2013
Matt "just gotta check a few emails, Sar."Me: "K"Look over his shoulder and hes on eagle action. #springballupdates— Sarah Marshall Ryan (@sryan03) March 20, 2013
BCAD staff cheered on @bc_whockey team as it left for Frozen Four this morning. #WeAreBCyfrog.com/ke1dnnfnj— Brad Bates (@BCBradBates) March 20, 2013
The Shake Shack is coming to Chestnut Hill?! In other news, that's where the location of all my tweets will be from: shakeshack.com/location/chest…— BC Alumni (@BCAlumni) March 19, 2013
@bcatleagle he probably has stronger opinions on the indoor practice facility— Austin Tedesco (@TedescoHeights) March 20, 2013
I remember my first "Pro Day" @bostoncollege in '95, watching Mike Mamula destroy all the tests in Power Gym and shooting up draft boards.— Warren K. Zola (@WarrenKZola) March 20, 2013
Has the Moral Victory Banner Night date been set? “@dshookcsl: @bcinterruption 'Round here we call that a moral victory #BCEagles”— BC Interruption (@bcinterruption) March 21, 2013
@bcatleagle You don't often see a guy in a SuperFan shirt under the basket at a BC basketball game either— Matt Gibbons (@mattgibbons89) March 19, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Digging into the BC Baseball team's issues
1. The season got off to a terrible start. They've even had a rough time with the baseball equivalent of mid-majors. What's gone wrong?
Brian Foley: Everything possible without major injuries. The Eagles can't pitch or hit. They are currently ranked 279th in team ERA at 7.07 with the nearest team in the conference 2.6 runs ahead of them. They are ranked 288th in team batting average at .212. There is ONLY 296 Division 1 college baseball teams so it isn't like they can get much worse.
2. After last season you said BC would have a winning year this season. Can they rebound and have a respectable finish?
Brian Foley: If Boston College wins more then five games in the ACC this season, I would be stunned. This team is a mess right now with no pro prospects besides Tommy Bourdon.
3. The team is young. What are your early impressions of the freshmen?
Brian Foley: They haven't lived up to expectations at all. Chris Shaw right now has been a disaster as he has started 17 out of 18 games while hitting now .123 heading into this weekend. He was the second best prospect in the Futures League this past summer and hasn't lived up to his billing at all.
4. I have no idea where baseball is on Brad Bates' radar, but at what point does Gambino get put on the hotseat? Does his relationship with DeFilippo impact his status positively or negatively in any way?
Brian Foley: I think Gambino will get another chance after this season then the seat will get warm. There is some major issues at Boston College with the baseball team but they have all the scholarships possible but they don't have a paid second assistant coach. Of course, the facility is an absolute joke!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Gaudreau award and other links
William & Mary hired Kevin Rogers as their Offensive Coordinator. Even though he is tight with Addazio, returning to BC wouldn't have been a good idea for either side.
The ACC Coaches also thought Hanlan was the Rookie of the Year.
BC target Nick Carovillano is getting attention from MAC schools.
The Rangers recalled Chris Kreider.
BC sailors are a critical part of the national team.
Rooting for the long shots
|Momah talking to the media.|
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Thoughts on Spring Practice
BC opened its Spring Practice season Tuesday. The Heights provided coverage too. But not much is going to come out of the first practice. Addazio said as much himself. The roster is the roster. There is no influx of talent. So it is all about making the talent we have better and changing the culture around the program.
We won't know much until the Spring Game but the secondhand stuff I am hearing about Addazio is positive. He's saying the right things to the players. He's leaning on the Seniors and getting them to buy in. Some coaches might cast Spaz guys aside and focus on his own players. The fact that Addazio is not speaks to his need to win right away and his willingness to work with the pieces he has.
Unlike past seasons, I think this Spring Game will be very telling. I know Rettig will start and get most of the snaps, but will we pass the ball much and what will our tempo be? I also want to see how aggressive we are on defense. Long-term I am not worried about Don Brown's schemes or play calling. But short term there could be some growing pains.
If you think skepticism is natural among the fanbase, think of what it is like for these jaded players. Even if we don't come out as a crisp football team, Addazio's final goal should be to have every remaining players buy in.
(It is nice to have hope again, isn't it?)
Monday, March 18, 2013
There's no real QB competition and other links
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Olivier Hanlan made the All ACC Tournament Second Team.
Softball had a good Saturday winning their games against LIU and Radford.
Lacrosse lost to Maryland.
Happy St. Patrick's Day
BC's flikr account posted this today.
(For those of you who are still students, please appreciate your surroundings while you can.)
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Hockey advances despite York's absence
The disconcerting news is that Jerry York missed the game with another detached retina. I know nothing about eye issues beyond what you can read on WebMd. BC announced that he will have another surgery on Monday. Can he recover in time for Friday's game against BU? I have no idea. I know we are in good hands with the assistants, but I am not really concerned about the team. I want a speedy and full recovery for York. Keep him in your prayers.
Women headed back to Frozen Four
Friday, March 15, 2013
Over for now
-- Heckmann's offense. He was my whipping boy for most of the season, so credit should go where it is due. He finished the year strong. I like his willingness to beat his man off the dribble and he knocked down some big shots.
-- BC attacking the basket. Against a big team like Miami you wouldn't expect us to drive and cut so much, but it worked well in the first half.
-- Anderson's defensive work. He did a great job moving his feet and fronting Miami's bigs.
-- BC's inability to exploit the double. Miami doubled Hanlan with a big man and a guard and we didn't consistently convert. Hanlan will see more doubles next year so we need to work on this area of his game.
-- Missing FTs. A recurring issue in many of our losses.
In-game comments post: BC vs Miami ACC Tourney
Tweets of the Week
RT @stevenash: @hanlanbc21 congrats!! Keep it going. ( you know how us BC guys do!!!!!!)
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) March 14, 2013
Our new Athletic Director. #FacePalm #Hanlan RT @bcbradbatesAmazing performance by Olivier Hanson and Eagles today! @bchoopnews #WeAreBC— Mike Gib (@HoyaEagle) March 14, 2013
Sorry for the typo in earlier tweet; congrats again to Olivier and our entire team for a remarkable game.— Brad Bates (@BCBradBates) March 14, 2013
@hanlanbc21 congrats!! Keep it going.— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) March 14, 2013
Easiest award ever - BC SID Dick Kelly wins the Bradley Award. #ACCTourney— ACC Sports (@ACCSports) March 14, 2013
He's a Jesuit, so this qualifies as another huge loss in a big matchup for Notre Dame.— edsbs (@edsbs) March 13, 2013
Welcome to the housing lottery: where Mods are won, friendships are destroyed, and the weak get stuck on CoRo— BC Che Chi's (@BCCheechees) March 12, 2013
Oh, Big East. MT @mcmurphyespn Notre Dame moves to ACC on 7/1, but Irish remain part of Big East's bowl lineup in '13 if they don't make BCS— John Cassillo (@JohnCassillo) March 12, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Friday ACC Tourney Game Watches
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Addazio on recruiting and other links
The image above is from Olivier Hanlan trending nationally on Twitter. A 41-point game will do that. I didn't expect that and I don't think anyone expected it when BC fell down 15-0 early in the game. But improved defense and a lights out day from BC's freshmen turned the game on its head. There will be plenty of superlatives for Hanlan in the next few hours. Let's start with the most points by a freshman in a ACC Tournament game. It was also the most points a BC player has ever scored in a Conference Tournament game.
-- Hanlan obviously. The scoring is going to get talked to death, so let's focus on the defense. Hanlan had three steals and his pressure helped turn the momentum in the game.
-- Contagious scoring. One player can lift the other players in so many ways. Other guys started knocking down 3s too. We converted 58% from beyond the arc.
-- Ryan Anderson stepping up. I don't know if he didn't want a freshman showing him up or wanted to get in on the fun, but Anderson broke out a few tricks today too. Donahue didn't like the hotdogging, but you have to like his ability to get his shot off.
-- The start. Georgia Tech got a little lucky on some shots, but I still didn't like that the guys came out in a fog. Great teams don't do that.
-- The refs. Complaining about the refs is lame, but I am going to do it anyway. Georgia Tech kept hacking our guys near the basket. The same thing happened last weekend. Donahue needs to work the refs a bit.
In-game comment post: ACC Tournament Opener
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
BC has been very active in Georgia (Al Washington doing work!). We have offers to Quarterback Price Wilson and have interest in WR Collin Lisa.
Our pitch is also working with another Georgia prospect Terry Googer.
Here is more on Andrew Ford. While 247 has him as 4 stars, the other services still have not rated him.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Huckaby's rise and other links
The Colts will now have BC guys at both Tackle spots now that they've signed Gosder Cherilus. In less than surprising news Notre Dame will join the ACC next season.
Dallas/FT Worth BC will be in a St. Patrick's Day Parade
If you are in Texas and interested in joining go to the parade staging area this Saturday. Look for maroon and gold near Park Ln. and Greenville Ave.
Hanlan named ACC Freshman of the Year
In the past people have taken me to task over using conferences awards as an indicator of greatness. I realize that awards are not completely objective nor a guarantee of any future success. But they are a benchmark of accomplishment and winning them is never a bad sign. Congrats also need to go to Steve Donahue. While we are still waiting for all the pieces to fall into place, Hanlan is validation that he can recruit ACC-level talent.
Congrats are also owed to Ryan Anderson who also earned conference honors.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Skinner and Donahue are separate issues
Jared Dudley's defense of Al Skinner in the Herald resparked the argument of where our basketball program is, where it should be and where it might have been had Al stayed. While we will know more about the state of the basketball program a week from now, dragging Donahue's progress in with Skinner's situation is not fair to Donahue.
I love Al Skinner. He's a fantastic coach who earned a better ending at BC. I am on record stating that any program that doesn't hire him is foolish. Dudley is right that "BC hasn't been the same since he left." But saying it now was probably not the best timing.
Steve Donahue is trying to build something. It's been fits and starts but we might just be turning the corner. I want Donahue to succeed and hope that he will, but Donahue's mission is why BC hasn't been the same since Skinner left. He is not trying to emulate Al or carry on Al's vision for the program. He made sure of that when he churned the roster quickly and changed the style of play.
We don't know where the program would be under Al now. And it doesn't matter since the guy who fired Skinner is no longer making decisions for BC. Steve Donahue has another week and then another season to show he has the program headed in the right direction. He should be given that time. We gave it to Al and it paid off in a big way.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
This weekend marked the conclusion of the ACC regular season. As expected BC and Georgia Tech remained in the 8th and 9th spots respectively and will play each other again in the first round of the ACC Tournament. The game will start at noon and the winner faces Miami on Friday.
The Women's Hockey team earned a 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will play their opener at home this Saturday.
Baseball fell to 0-3 in ACC play after losing again to Florida State. Not a great start to the season.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
-- Rahon driving. He was able to convert and Tech never really adjusted or backed off.
-- Another Odio spark. The 3s, the dunks, the block...all were big momentum plays. He was also fouled repeatedly on drives in the first half that weren't called.
-- Disrupting the passing lanes. BC's picked up a couple of key steals when guys anticipated long passes by Tech and just moved into the pass. Those sorts of plays are signs that the guys are "getting it."
-- Free Throw Shooting. The only reason the game got as close as it did was due to some missed free throws in the second half.
-- Return of the careless turnovers. BC had gotten better at protect the ball and the possessions, yet in this game some of the same issues game into play. Tech converted many of these mistakes into quick points.
-- Half court defense. I tweeted during the game that I thought the pace would favor BC. But Tech's scoring wasn't all pace. There were many times where we played too off of guys leading to some surprise scoring from the Jackets.
Friday, March 08, 2013
The importance of the 7th ACC win
As BCI laid out already, Saturday's basketball game against Georgia Tech has huge ACC Tournament implications. But in my opinion the seeding issues are secondary. Regardless of who we open up against we are not winning the tournament. What is important is getting to seven regular season conference wins.
One more win does three things. First it keeps us out of the bottom third of the conference. That is smalln but perception around the league matters when it comes to end of season awards and future TV schedules.
A seventh win would also gives Donahue the chance to end the season with a mini win streak. It is something to build off of with the players and his own staff. It is the type of confidence booster that seemed lacking at times this year.
Finally another win would be a clear sign of progress to Bates and the basketball fanbase. Going from four to six wins with a bigger ACC slate (18 games compared to last year's 16) is not great progress. Getting to seven is better.
Next year Donahue is going to be under tremendous pressure to turn the corner. Starting that turn with a win on Saturday would be nice.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Take part in the Mark Herzlich Golf Tournament
Although he has moved onto the NFL and although his battle with cancer was very personal, I think Mark Herzlich and the Herzlich family would gladly acknowledge how important the BC community was to them during the ordeal. There is no clearer sign of that than Mark holding his annual golf tournament in Massachusetts and passing on the proceeds to a BC charity.
This year's event will take place July 1 in Plymouth. In addition to Mark, there will be other New England sports heroes and BC guys. Foursome and hole sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information or to sign up go to upliftingathletes.org and go to the Boston College chapter.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Bring on the MEGAplex!
The winter has not been kind to BC's facilities. First a pipe burst in the Yawkey Center. Then the bubble collapsed due to snow. The final nail in the coffin was Syracuse announcing they were building an indoor practice facility. The sport facilities issues keep mounting for BC. Regardless of how you prioritize, most agree that BC needs the following:
-- Reconfiguration/renovation of Conte
-- Renovation and upgrade to Alumi Stadium (sound, scoreboard, seeting, etc)
-- Hockey practice rink
-- Indoor Practice Facility (primarily used for football)
-- More parking
-- A new Olympic length pool
-- A modern student athletic complex
That is an expensive tab. But I don't think money is our biggest challenge. Space is the primary issue. I also think the University has other priorities, so sports facilities always get a band-aid approach instead of a multi-year methodical solution. That needs to change. We need all of those things listed. We need elite facilities. And we need to break ground soon. In order to overcome the space issue, I think we should demolish everything we have and rebuild on the current footprint (look at the map above). It would take years and create a lot of juggling but it could be done. Georgia Tech -- another city campus with some land restrictions -- just demolished their basketball arena and built a new one on the same site. Alumni and Conte already share walls, so the concept of a dozen sports sharing an interconnected complex is not new to BC. By thinking of it as all one project, you can start to get creative with space and avoid duplicative areas.
I don't think the teams would suffer as we could find temporary homes for most of them (football at Fenway, hockey and hoops at the Garden). The biggest loser would be your average student who uses the current Plex. But missing out for one or two school years can be justified by the long-term needs served by the MEGAplex.
If we had some sort of historic gym or stadium I would be the first one in front of the bulldozer. But that is not the case. Alumni has moved locations and changed its look and configuration. As long as the Football portion of the complex is called Alumni, all will be happy. I don't know if we would still need basketball and hockey to share an arena. Maybe smaller, sport-specific locations would serve both programs better. But that sort of idea cannot happen as long as you view Conte as a stand-alone project.
BC has a master plan with some band-aid solutions for sports. I don't see a champion for my complete knock down idea, but Bates needs to at least consider something big. The same old approach will leave us behind the ACC and wondering what to do next.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
BC (finally) wins at Clemson
This is BC's:
- 2nd road conference win (the first being the opening conference game @VT)
- First time winning back-to-back conference games this season
- 5th win in the last 8 games
- 1st win at Littlejohn (!!!)
Hopefully the team can keep this momentum going when they close out ACC play at Conte vs. GT on Saturday.
-- Hanlan taking control of the offense - He was quiet through the first, but midway through the 2nd Hanlan put the offense on his shoulders with consistent confident drives to the hoop. And then he mixed in a deep 3 to keep the Clemson defense honest. Hanlan carried the offense through the middle of the 2nd through the end of the game. After scoring only 3 points in first half, Hanlan scored a whopping 21 in the 2nd and lead all scorers with 24 points. He had a phenomenal game.
-- Taking the ball to the hoop - The first half was filled with a lot of timid perimeter play littered with bad perimeter shots. In the 2nd, we started driving to the rim, and good things happened. It wasn't just Hanlan who did it. Rahon and Anderson also had success driving to the hoop in the 2nd, and their play contributed to the run that put BC up for good in the 2nd half.
-- Heckmann moving without the ball - Heckmann showed a little bit of how to run that modified Princeton offense tonight. He had a few cuts to the undefended hoop for easy layups in the first half. It really seems as if he's starting to figure out how to be an asset in this offense.
-- Breaking the press - We were holding a 9-point lead late in the 2nd half. But the game started looking like the Penn State game down the stretch. BC got sloppy breaking the press and turned the ball over too many times. We also pressed on offense. Before you knew it, the 9-point lead was whittled down to 3 with 90 seconds left in the game, and we needed that Hanlan jumper to stop the bleeding.
-- Not converting easy opportunities - When you play on the road, you need to take advantage of every high scoring chance presented to you. As a team we missed way too many shots right under the rim, especially in the first half. Another example of missed easy opportunities - the team has been shooting well from the line in the last few weeks, but tonight that wasn't the case for anyone not named Olivier Hanlan. Take out Hanlan's FT shooting, and we were a very pedestrian 7-13 from the line. The bottom line is that we left way too many easy points on the floor.
-- First half from beyond the arc - We threw up way too many poor threes in the first half. Heckmann from NBA range, Rahon rushing a shot out of the beginning of an offensive set, Jackson from the top of the key without his feet set, Van Nest from the wing, Jackson again from 3-feet behind the line at the beginning of the set. As a team we were 2-10 from beyond the arc in the first half. A lot of those misses were simply due to poor decisions being made.
-- Bigs shooting from the perimeter - This is a little nit-picky since we did win the game.....but here it goes anyway - yes, Van Nest hit one long range jumper in the first. And yes, this offense is supposed to be built around the supposition that anyone can hit a shot, but these bigs just aren't connecting right now. Anderson missed two from the top of the key. Odio and Van Nest both missed 3s. It's painful to watch these guys shoot and miss extended jumpers....especially while BC is trying to put together a run (e.g. - Odio's three point attempt in the middle of our big 2nd half run).
How its death might save Men's Lacrosse
First let me clarify for those who don't follow the sport: BC still has a Men's Lacrosse team. They play BU, Northeastern, UConn, and UNH. They travel to Florida and Texas. They wear Under Armour gear and have their own twitter feed, but you won't find an official mention of them on BCeagles.com. This is because we don't have a varsity (i.e. scholarship), NCAA sanctioned team. Our guys are technically club and play in the MCLA. We have a team and it is thriving, even as it is on the periphery of BC sports.
For a long time no one really cared about Men's Lacrosse at BC. We had some decent teams and some passionate Alumni, but the sport was never a priority. Lacrosse -- although firmly entrenched in New England -- was still a regional, preppy game. It didn't do much for the school on a national level. When Gene cut the program in 2002, there was some outrage from the Lax Alums, but most people following the situation understood that Title IX compliance was probably the biggest factor in its demise. BC Wrestling and Water Polo had their supporters too when they got cut during the same process.
Unlike the other budget and politics victims, Lax won't really go away. The Alumni still do their part. The media keeps mentioning how BC would be the perfect Lacrosse school. And of course the fans won't let our AD forget that we don't have a Varsity program. This persistence is making BC Men's Lacrosse more relevant than they ever were in the old days.
I feel for the guys currently representing BC on the field. They deserve financial support and the chance to compete at the sport's highest level. But I don't think anything is going to change. In order for Lacrosse to return, BC would either have to cut other active men's teams or create more women's teams to offset the reborn Men's program. But the only reason why there remains a sliver of hope is the passion still being shown for our Men's program. The fans may be a minority, but they are vocal. And then there is the actual team. Bates recently said that sports is the biggest marketing vehicle the school has. If the Men's team can become a MCLA power, that will get noticed by the right people. Michigan turned their MCLA run into a move to DI NCAA lacrosse.
I don't know what the future holds for men's team. I can't fake some sort of passion for the game, but I do have begrudging respect for the ardent supporters. They are annoying but at least they care about something. I do have one suggestion for them if they are serious about a full return of BC Lacrosse: change the narrative. Stop pestering Bates with questions about reinstating the sport. Instead use the chats and town halls to ask him what he thinks of the club team. If he plans on attending the games. If he'll go to the MCLA playoffs. Get media interest on the team. Get an article in BC Magazine. See if you can get local media to do stories. And it shouldn't be about "boo hoo" BC needs a lacrosse team. It should be about how great our team is. Positive attention and national success will push the right buttons. That is the next step.
Monday, March 04, 2013
Which FCS teams should BC play?
Sunday, March 03, 2013
A close win at Conte
For 38 minutes, the game had been looking as if it could be another cookie-cutter Conte game this season....BC was hanging tough against one of the better teams in the conference, but like the previous close games at home versus the likes of NC St., Miami, and Duke this one seemed to be shaping up to be yet another close loss.
But with the game on the line, the defense tightened up and Odio had a nice block which turned into a Hanlan fast break layup to pull us close. UVA couldn't convert both FTs to give themselves a 3-point lead with 30-seconds left, and Joe Rahon made them pay by hitting a big three with 8-seconds left in the game to get us the 1-point lead and the win.
Here's hoping we can use this exciting win as a springboard to close out the regular season.
-- Rahon bounces back - after a couple previous outings with subpar shooting, Joe Rahon was a solid offensive contributor this afternoon. He hit a couple threes in the first half to keep us in the game, had a nice set play on a baseline drive to get us back into the game with about 8 minutes left, and hit the clutch winner with 8-seconds left. He lead BC with 15 points on 5-9 shooting.
-- Hanlan creating on offense - at times, he shows you a great ability to get himself open looks. Because of that, I wish that sometimes he would take more control of the offense...especially in games when the team is struggling to penetrate off the perimeter like today. There are stretches where he seems like too passive a participant in the game plan. Still, his creative play towards the end of the first half and beginning of the second kept BC within striking distance.
-- Anderson vs. the double team - he had a poor first half handling the double. But in the second half Anderson was able to distribute really well including finding Heckmann for a clutch three and Odio under the basket for a dunk with time on the shot clock expiring.
-- Another slow start - BC opened up the game shooting 1-6 from the field with 3 turnovers in the first 7 1/2 minutes of the game. These slow starts are unfortunately becoming the norm more than the exception.
-- Scoring droughts - UVA went on 8-0, 9-0 and 10-0 runs during the game. We have to do better at letting teams make runs like this against us. Just a little more offensive consistency would mean a comfortable win vs. needing a last-second shot to win it.
-- Perimeter defense - Joe Harris didn't have his best game by a long shot (4-11 from the field). But the UVA team as a whole still shot almost 50% from three, and that in turn lead to a lot of easy Akil Mitchell baskets.
The Eagles don't have a lot of time to enjoy this win. The team's next game is Tuesday at Clemson. BC hasn't won a road ACC game since the conference opener at VT, and we've only won two road games all season (the other being the Penn St. win in November) . Beating Clemson would be nice way to build on today's win.
Saturday, March 02, 2013
Hockey night! and other links
Baseball's rough start continued. They lost to Georgia State to fall to 1-6.
Former Eagle Stephen Gionta is excited about playing his first NHL game in Buffalo. It will be a homecoming of sorts for the Upstate New York native.
Get ready for lots of stories on Chase Rettig adjusting to another offense.
Pennsylvania QB Andrew Ford visited BC this weekend.
Friday, March 01, 2013
Tweets of the Week
Addazio spoke to athletes at Burke HS this AM: boston.com/schools/extras… Told them to "stay away from marijuana, respect women, be good dudes"— Heights Sports (@HeightsSports) February 27, 2013
Northeastern wins the CAA title outright. Bill Coen and Pat Duquette deserve the credit. Not sure anyone has said a bad word about either.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) February 28, 2013
IN HIS OWN WORDS: The Untold story of @sanchezonsports: Boston College Women’s Play by Play Announcer expandedsports.com/2013/02/the-un…— Joseph Gaiter (@DRJOEGAITER) February 28, 2013
/official Town Hall RT @tedescoheights: Oh, here's the men's lacrosse question— BC Interruption (@bcinterruption) February 25, 2013
I don't follow that many BC fans and my TL blows up every time there's a BC hockey game. Can't imaging what the BC bloggers' TLs look like.— KilroyFSU (@KilroyFSU) February 27, 2013