Sunday, June 6, 2010

2009-2010 Year in Review, Part IV: All the Rest

Part I: Football
Part II: Hockey
Part III: Basketball

This is the final part of my year-in-review series. Of course, there are far more Boston College sports than just those listed in the first three parts of this mega-article. Let me take some time to go briefly into each one.

Why is sailing at the top of the list, you ask? They're our other national champions from this past school year, of course. Co-ed sailing captured the title just this week. The co-ed and women’s teams have been ranked #1 in the country consistently for a long time now and have been finishing first and second in most events. Sailor Annie Haeger was recently named the NEISA Women's Sailor Of The Year.

Last year, the Eagles were an NCAA Tournament team. In 2010, it was not to be. The Eagles underperformed virtually all season long. Though the offense was about on-par with 2009, the pitching regressed mightily and Boston College struggled to win 30 games. They ended up with few quality wins and a disaster-zone of a bullpen. For the ultimate slap-in-the-face, their last game of the season was a mercy-rule defeat. Mik Aoki and the guys will be even more hard-pressed to win next year, as Pat Dean, Mickey Wiswall, John Spatola, and Robbie Anston (to name a few) will be out.

Women's Basketball
The Boston College women ended up having a better year than their male counterparts (though that’s not saying much). The season got off to a rough start but the ladies played themselves to a 15-14 overall record before the ACC Tournament. While there, they ended up making a very solid run, going all the way to the semifinals before getting clipped by NC State.

On Selection Monday, the women were one of the first teams left out of the NCAA Tournament. They were given a WNIT bid which they declined; BC Athletics and Coach Crawley said that there was insufficient team unity on playing in this tournament – a claim which has been contested – and the Eagles’ season ended early.

Cross Country
Men’s cross country had its best finish, 3rd, at the start of the season, but it was all downhill from there. They finished 10th in the ACC Championship and 27th in the NCAA Regionals out of 36 teams.

The women had a much better season, winning four meets in 2009. They came in 6th place in the ACC.

Men’s fencing came in second at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Championships and in the Beanpot (the Fencing Beanpot, by the way, involves BC, MIT, Brandeis, and Harvard).

Women’s fencing also finished second in the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Championships but won its Beanpot. Two fencers, one male fencer and one female fencer, were selected to go to the NCAAs.

Field Hockey
The women of BC field hockey ended the season 13-7, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in program history. They lost in their first game to Syracuse.

Men’s golf did not have a great season, finishing last at the ACC Championship. Their best finish in any meet this year was fourth, though most of the time they were near the middle or bottom.

Women’s golf was a little more promising, winning a tournament during the season but finishing last in the ACC Championship. Eunice Yim was named to the All-ACC team, which was the first time such an honor had ever come to a female BC golfer.

Women's Hockey
Women’s hockey certainly did not have the same kind of season that the men did, finishing the year 8-17-10. At one point, they went over two months without a win, and had trouble scoring goals all year long. Kelli Stack and Molly Schaus, however, had the honor of playing for Team USA in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Women’s lacrosse compiled a 12-6 season in 2010. Lauren Costello became the all-time points leader for the program late in the regular season. BC lost its first-round ACC Tournament game to Duke in April.

The women’s rowing team came in 4th place this year in the ACC and also came in 4th at the Beanpot (this one involving BC, Boston University, Northeastern, Harvard, Columbia University (apparently), Radcliffe and MIT).

Our men’s skiers finished in 3rd place in the regional championships and 5th in the national giant slalom. The women’s skiers notched some wins during the course of the year and placed 3rd in the national giant slalom. They took the team slalom title at the regionals and finished 2nd place overall.

The men’s soccer team went 11-7 in the regular season, winning a game in the ACC Tournament before falling to NC State. They won two games in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, eventually ending their season against Drake. Alejandro Bedoya was named to Team USA’s preliminary World Cup roster on May 11.

Women’s soccer had a tremendous season, landing in the Top 10. Their regular season was 16-2-1, and though they did not stick around long in the ACC Tournament, they won three games in the NCAA Tournament, getting to the Elite Eight. Along with hockey’s Ben Smith, Kelly Henderson was named one of the Eagles of the Year.

Men’s swimming and diving had an up-and-down year, seeming to go win-loss every other competition. At the ACC Championship in April, BC finished 10th.

Women’s swimming did a little more losing than the men, finishing dead last in the conference.

Men’s tennis had a mediocre overall season and were eventually eliminated in the first round of the ACC Tournament. Akash Muppidi, a sophomore, was the first BC men’s tennis player selected to the All-ACC Team.

Women’s tennis also had a mediocre year, losing in the first round of the ACC Tournament as well. They lost 12 out of their last 13 events.

Track & Field
Men’s track and field put together some solid performances throughout the season, culminating in a third-place finish at the New England Outdoor Championships. BC is apparently long gone from the NCAA Tournament.

Women’s track and field won the New England Outdoor Championships in May, also coming in 5th place at the ECAC Championships.

Women’s volleyball ended their disappointing season at 12-19. They started 11-5 but went 1-14 (all against ACC competition) to close out the year.

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