Sports Shorts: Women's Soccer Advances to Elite Eight in NCAA Tournament

The BC women's soccer team is making a run at the national title coming off of a huge win against Illinois on Sunday. Upsetting No. 10 Nebraska a few days earlier, the Eagles went into the game with high hopes in Lincoln, Neb.

BC began the first half with a simple tap-in from senior Gibby Wagner, caused by an attempted strike from freshman Hayley Dowd. The freshman forward continued her streak of assists and goals in the 39th minute. Juking out various Illinois defenders, Dowd finished with a rocket into the side netting to make it 2-0 BC.

Illinois responded to Dowd and the Eagles with a fast break goal just one minute later. Sophomore Amy Feher directed a header past BC goalkeeper Alex Johnson. However, Illinois’ celebration was short-lived, as it was their one and only goal of the game.

McKenzie Meehan, sophomore defender, crushed any recurring hopes from Illinois by scoring off of a deflection from an Illinois player. BC left the first half on a great note.

Sophomore Lauren Bernard scored BC’s last goal of the game in the 76th minute, finalizing the Eagles’ win over the 11-9-3 Illinois team. Interestingly enough, Illinois out-shot BC 24-13 throughout the game. Johnson was able to make the difference by coming up with nine clutch saves, as opposed to the Illinois goalkeeper’s solo save.

After a 4-1 victory, the Eagles will play Florida State at Tallahassee on Friday, Nov. 29. Florida State won the ACC Conference earlier this year and leads the overall series 10-1-2. It will no doubt be an epic upset if the Eagles overcome FSU, but it is surely a possibility.

Men’s Basketball Clinches Third Win at Madison Square Garden

After an exciting game against UConn at Madison Square Garden, BC men's basketball faced the Washington Huskies. However, this time, the Eagles dominated, and secured an 89-78 victory.

Sophomore guard Joe Rahon led the team with 22 points, 12 of which were three-pointers. Beginning the first half by draining 8 of the 11 attempted shots beyond the arc, the Eagles took a thunderous lead by going 46-34 at halftime.

For the entire game, the Huskies never had more than a 9-point lead over the Eagles; they had as much as an 18-point lead against Washington at 59-41.

Olivier Hanlan was right behind Rahon with an impressive 20 points. Junior forward Ryan Anderson additionally had 18 points paired with 7 rebounds.

Boston College shot 33 for 59 while Washington went 29 for 59. This match-up was the first meeting for Boston College and Washington during the third-place game of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Junior Liv Westphal Receives All-American Honors

Located in Terre Haute, Ind., the NCAA D1 Cross Country Championships consisted of 254 runners from across the nation. French native Liv Westphal placed 17th out of the 254 runners and earned All-American Honors for her outstanding effort.

Previously finishing sixth in the Northeast Regional Championships, Westphal has had an amazing season compared to last year. In 2012, the junior placed 85th in Louisville, Ky.

Winning All-American Honors tops off the perfect season for Liv Westphal. She placed first on her team in every race during the regular season, as well as third place finish at the BC Invite, 19th at the Wisconsin Adidas Invite and third at the ACC Championships.

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