Most Boston College Eagles fans are familiar with the three major sports the school sponsors: football, men’s basketball, and men’s hockey. Indeed, those three programs make up the vast majority of the content featured on this site, as they are the sports that get the most attention. When it comes to all of the other Boston College Eagles teams, they can often be overlooked, but they’re as much a part of the overall program as football or hockey. Unfortunately, for many of them, the news is not good as we head for 2013.
A very brief evaluation of each other program, alphabetically:
Baseball: BC 21-34 (10-20) in 2012 season, which was last place in the ACC Atlantic.
Basketball (W): Eagles coming off of a disastrous 7-win season; above .500 in non-conference play entering 2013.
Cross Country (M): Two second-place finishes; no team wins.
Cross Country (W): Team qualified for NCAA Tournament in most recent season.
Fencing (M & W): Peter Souders and Chelsea Rosenbauer individually qualified for NCAA Tournament.
Field Hockey (W): Most recently a 10-9 (2-3) campaign for BC; fourth of six in the ACC.
Golf (M): One second-place finish so far out of five tournaments.
Golf (W): Two fourth-place finishes so far out of five tournaments.
Lacrosse (W): 10-8 (1-4) in 2012; last place in the ACC.
Rowing (W): One win so far this season.
Sailing (M & W): 8 victories on the season to date.
Skiing (M & W): Little information is available, but data suggests the Eagles were more of a rebuilding project than a winner.
Soccer (M): BC had an 8-6-5 season and made the NCAA Tournament; eliminated in the first round.
Soccer (W): Eagles make NCAA Tournament during 11-8-3 season, but are eliminated in second round.
Softball: Boston College goes 23-30 (3-18) in 2012; last place in the ACC.
Swimming and Diving (M): 5-1 regular season; no conference competitions took place.
Swimming and Diving (W): 3-6 regular season; no conference competitions took place.
Tennis (M): 5-15 (1-10) in most recent season; last place in the ACC.
Tennis (W): 10-13 (3-8) in most recent season; 9th place in ACC.
Track & Field (M & W): Several athletes individually qualified for NCAA Regionals; Caroline King qualified for nationals.
Volleyball (W): Eagles have most recently gone 10-22 (4-12), second-to-last in the ACC.
There is more blah news in that evaluation than good news. A great number of the smaller programs have had mediocre results at best. Some athletes did well as individuals, but as far as wins go, they were few and far between for many of these teams.
As Boston College athletics enters 2013, there is quite a bit upon which to be improved. Take your pick as to where BC should start.