Boston College Monday Link Dump: Louis-Jean Out; WBB Falls


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It’s a federal holiday in the United States, but Boston College sports never takes a holiday. Or, more succinctly, Boston College sports does take a holiday, but this site never does.

Rounding up your weekend in Eagles sports:

Football: Al Louis-Jean Declares for 2014 NFL Draft

This one gets filed away in “…Hmm.” In a blog post on the Atlanta Falcons website, the NFL released a list of 98 underclassmen who applied for and have been granted entry into the draft. Al Louis-Jean is the only Eagle on the list.

His road to and through Chestnut Hill was a bumpy one. He came to the Heights after Randy Shannon was fired at Miami, then played as a true freshman in ten games. ALJ would then go on to miss the vast majority of the 2012 season due to injury, returning in 2013. He would book-end his final Boston College season with suspensions in the Villanova and Arizona games.

Speaking bluntly, Louis-Jean’s career as an Eagle was alright, but nothing special. He stands virtually no chance of getting drafted; given the fact that he dealt with multiple suspensions this year, it is entirely possible that this was his way of saying “I’m out,” and though we may never know, it’s a lot more plausible than him thinking “I really have a shot at getting drafted.” If it was the latter, then it was a grievous error on his part.

It’s a slightly different situation than Max Holloway’s departure, who was a redshirt junior who had graduated and declared for the draft. ALJ is a redshirt sophomore, ostensibly without a degree.

We wish him well in whatever the next phase of his life may bring.

Women’s BB: Ladies Fall to North Carolina, 73-56

The women’s basketball team lost by a slightly bigger margin than the men to the North Carolina Tar Heels this weekend, but in fairness, the Lady Heels are a lot better than their inconsistent male counterparts.

Boston College falls to 10-8 (2-3) on the season. Eagles freshman Kelly Hughes had 13 points.

ICYMI: BC 7, Maine 2: Hayes Hat Trick Powers Eagles Over Black Bears

We all remember the Eagles stopping BU on Friday night, but the #4 men’s hockey team played again on Saturday night, and beat up the Maine Black Bears in a 7-2 game.

Kevin Hayes had his first career hat-trick while Bill Arnold added two goals and Johnny Gaudreau racked up five more points to go over two points per game for the season. Start engraving the Hobey now.

The Eagles entered Sunday with a 6-point lead over Northeastern in Hockey East.