Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The best of 2009, part I: The "other" BC sports

Since we all tend to focus so much on the big-money sports like football, basketball, and hockey, I will handle those sports in separate articles.  Obviously there is more football and basketball to be played during this calendar year, so those will have to wait.

A good place to start would be with those other BC sports, many of which had great seasons.  Amongst the Eagles highlights:

* Our sailing team is #1 in the nation (coed and women's), and on May 31, they won the 2009 ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship for the second straight year.  A few days later, they placed 5th in the 2009 ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National, and sailor Adam Roberts won Sportsman of the Year honors.  This is not a team whose races are accessible to BC Superfans, but their accomplishments have to be recognized all the same.

* The men's baseball team put together a winning season under coach Mik Aoki and went to the NCAA Baseball Tournament for the first time in over 40 years.  The 25-inning marathon against Texas in the first round will be remembered amongst college baseball fans for a long time, and despite the fact that BC lost, they should incredible guts in a game that took over seven hours to play.  There is reason to believe that this program is now on the right track.

* Men's soccer got as far as the third round of the NCAA Tournament, while the women's team got to the Elite Eight.  The ladies shut out their opponents 17 times in their 25-game season.

* Field hockey coach Ainslee Lamb was the coach of the year in the northeast region.  This came after her team went 13-7 and made an NCAA Tournament appearance.

I want to congratulate all of BC's student athletes for a job well done this year, and reassure them that they have the support of the BC community in representing our school.  Not every team had a great season, but there are surely many positives to recognize.

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