Afternoon Quickie: BC-UVM Preview; Ladies Give Duke a Battle


Tonight, #5 Boston College men’s hockey will look for its fourth win in a row when they head up to Burlington, Vermont. The last-place Catamounts await the Eagles in a game that will be televised on NBC Sports Network at 7:30pm. This will be their first of three meetings of the season, and the only one in Vermont.

BC losing this game would be disastrous. Vermont has gained all of five points in twenty Hockey East games so far, putting together a glistening record of 2-17-1 in the conference. The Catamounts have only won five games all season long, so if you’re Boston College, you have to figure these are two points you must get to keep up (not to mention, to keep your ranking).

One would also like to think that Jerry York, proven winner as he is, will have this team ready to play and not let them get caught in a “trap” game. The Eagles simply have to take care of business, get the two points, and move on.

The women’s basketball team hosted #5 Duke at Conte Forum last night and tried to one-up the men, who of course beat #15 Florida State on Wednesday night.

It was a noble effort, but BC lost, 71-62. “Almost” doesn’t count in the standings, however, and speaking of, those are getting to be a serious problem for the women’s team. The lady Eagles are 5-19 (0-11) and have lost eleven games in a row.

They have two games left — Virginia Tech and Clemson — which are eminently winnable. If they don’t win either one, given their other opposition, an 0-16 ACC season will become a very realistic proposition.

Word is that Boston College will open up its 2012 football season at home against the Miami Hurricanes. The final schedule will be released soon, but it is far too early to make any guesses as to whether or not BC will win or lose, or even if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. There will be plenty — and I mean plenty — of time to evaluate it later.