Posted: 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
By Joseph Gravellese
Good morning! Happy Wednesday, and welcome to what will likely be the one post here today devoid of the "s" word.
Following her ridiculous hat-trick against NC State, which handed BC a 3-2 win on the road, Eagles sophomore McKenzie Meehan was named Top Drawer Soccer's player of the week. She was also named the ACC player of the week, naturally.
BC women's soccer alum Kristie Mewis continued her rise in the US soccer ranks, asshe was once again named to the women's national team for this month's upcoming games against Australia and New Zealand.
It was a big day for college hockey preview material as we await this weekend's slate of exhibition games.
The preseason all-CHN team was announced by College Hockey News. Johnny Gaudreau and Mike Matheson were both named to the first team. the nation's top ten defensemen to watch in 2013-2014.
Stats may lie in some cases, but not with his plus-15 rating or his 25 points (8 goals, 17 assists) as proof.
Little wonder that the Pointe-Claire, Quebec, native was taken in the first round (23rd overall) by Florida in 2012, and it will be a surprise if Matheson sticks around after what should be a fine sophomore campaign.
USCHO also announced its preseason poll. Like most observers, they have UMass-Lowell ranked #1. The Eagles are ranked #4.
"I'm just going to try to play as many games [at BC] as I can," Demko said following his half-game stint in last week's prospects game, staged in Pittsburgh by USA Hockey. "Obviously, nothing is given to you. You have to earn it. You've got to work hard in practice and perform in games. Hopefully take it from there."
Providence College Athletic Director Bob Driscoll announced at Friday night's Schneider Arena Grand Reopening that the college had extended the contract of head hockey coach Nate Leaman.
So, Norm Bazin and Nate Leaman have both been signed to long-term contracts this off-season. It looks like Lowell and Providence are poised to compete in Hockey East for years to come.
The NHL season got underway last night and two BC alums were in action: Jimmy Hayes got in the game as Chicago downed Washington, 6-4..while Brian Gionta and the Canadienssputtered to a 4-3 loss against Toronto.
Early success aside, BC couldn't stay ahead of schedule very well at all and fell into too many passing downs. And you're just not going to beat FSU if you're constantly in second- or third-and-long.
BC is definitely already a much better team under the new coaching staff. That program totally quit on their last coach. They came with a lot of new wrinkles out of their bye week, and kept Florida State off balance for a while. I also have to wonder if FSU's players expected Boston College to roll over like it did in 2012.