Monday, May 31, 2010

Sports Saturday

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

We Gave them all we could

Couldn't asked more from our BC eagles.  They gave Virginia all they could, limiting the cavaliers to a season low of five hits, but it still wasn't enough losing 6-4.  BC only graduates 5 out of their 35 players, and with another strong recruiting class coming in, it appears we are poised to continue solidifying our spot amongst the upper  echelon of college baseball programs.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

ACC-Tournament means Do or Die for the Eagles

The Eagles made a permanent imprint on the national scene last year by giving the perennial powerhouse Texas’ Longhorns all they could handle for 25 innings in the NCAA regional last year; the longest college baseball game ever played.  But, they’re going to need some truly miraculous play to get back to that stage once again.  Barely squeaking in over North Carolina due to a tiebreaker, the Eagles come into this weekend’s ACC tournament with a resume completely undeserving of a NCAA tournament birth. How can we fix this predicament? Get hot in a hurry!

As the bracket stands now the eagles are set to face the #1 team in the tournament, and #2 nationally, is the Virginia cavaliers, followed by Florida St. and Miami, FL, who are ranked 8th and 13th respectively.  If they could win out and then beat Georgia Tech, another top 10 team, the Eagles would be a lock for the tournament due the automatic bid given out to the ACC tournament winner.

Possible? Definitely. BC has proven that they can compete with the big boys this year with wins over all of the teams I just mentioned, but one: the Virginia Cavaliers. But even versus them the Eagles proved they were up to the challenge, losing a one run heart break in the second game of the series, followed by an inspired effort for 7+ innings before a break down in the bullpen blew the game in the series finale.

Probable? No.  Although BC has the capability to win against the best of the best, we lack one thing that all these other school has an abundance of. TALENT.  BC wins by playing solid fundamental baseball.  But when the all-conference rosters are released in late may, the location of talent appears clear.  Boston College had only one player appear between the first and second teams of the all-ACC rosters. Virginia had seven. Georgia Tech had six. Miami had five. Yes we have one versus these teams, but we’ve done it with nothing resembling consistency as seen in our inability to win a series against a single ranked team this season. In the end, the chances of us to catching four of the nation’s best teams on a bad day, and in a row, seems slim to none, leaving our hope for another NCAA berth hanging on by only the very, very, very, very slightest thread.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

He's Back

LB Mark Herzlich, who exactly one year ago was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, has announced on his Facebook page that he has been given a clean bill of health.

"Mark Herzlich: May 12 one year ago i was diagnosed. Today in the same room I was given a clean bill of health and the OK to play again. God is good."

If there was any a shred of doubt that Herzlich would return for the Weber State game on September 4th, there is none now. After winning ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, Herzlich was forced to sit out all the 2009 campaign where Boston College defied expectations and went 8-5. With Herzlich's return as well as a much more experienced defense and QB, Boston College looks to go nowhere but up in the ACC standings.

Herzlich is a common face on the Chestnut Hill campus and in recent months looks completely recovered. With a head full of hair and almost back to his playing weight of 245 pounds, he looks like he is ready to match his 121 tackles and 6 interceptions in 2008.

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Class Act

Every time SuperFans head to Conte Forum from October to April for a men’s ice hockey game, they know that he will be there. They know that when they take their seats, they can look behind Boston College’s bench and see him, clad in his usual sweater vest, jacket, and tie. He doesn’t kick water bottles, throw sticks, berate referees, and you would be hard pressed to witness him actually yell more than a handful of times in an entire season.

Mr. Jerry York, the Men’s Ice Hockey Team’s Head Coach for the last sixteen seasons, is the epitome of class and composure. If this University had to pick one person to serve as its ambassador to the rest of the world, York would be at the top of the list. When he goes to visit recruits and their families, he tells them exactly what it means to be an Eagle and be a member of his program, and it works.

You don’t get your jersey retired for just being a nice guy, though. Following legendary coaches like John “Snooks” Kelley and Len Ceglarski who each held the post for decades, York took the helm of the BC program in 1994 with a national championship already in his trophy case from his time at Bowling Green and he has not looked back since. Today, Coach York has the most wins of any active Division 1 hockey coach with 850 (383 of them coming during his tenure at BC). In the last 13 seasons, he has led the Eagles to seven Hockey East Tournament Titles, eleven NCAA tournament berths, nine Frozen Fours, and of course, 3 national championships. He does not always pick the biggest or the most talented players, but every name on the roster plays a specific role. Sure, he has goal scorers like sophomore Cam Atkinson and the NHL’s 19th overall draft pick freshman Chris Kreider, but then there are players like Matt Lombardi from whom York always seems to extract the very best. This past season’s Captain, senior Matt Price, was not always the most productive name on the stat sheet either, yet York ranks him among the best captains to ever wear the maroon and gold. He has a way with people, a way with players, and a way with this game.

Next year’s hockey season seems a ways off right now, but you can bet that Jerry will be at work every day from now until his team raises the 2010 National Championship banner to the rafters of Conte Forum in October. Oh, and that’s the other thing. It is never about him. He’ll never acknowledge the fact that he is only 74 wins away from breaking longtime Michigan State Coach Ron Mason’s all-time wins record. He wouldn’t even let DA Gene DeFilippo retire his number since junior Brian Gibbons now dons #17 and York would rather a jersey be retired rather than the specific number. He’s always worried about the next shift against the next opponent.

As the school year comes to an end and everyone prepares to leave the Heights for the summer, you can rest assured that one man will be at work while we are gone and when we return in the fall and head to Conte Forum to take in a hockey game, he’ll be there. Don’t let him fool you; the man standing proudly behind the bench in his sweater vest, jacket and tie is what makes this team go. He’s the class act of college hockey, and everyone knows it.

Last week, my co-host Pat Quinlivan and I went to the Ice Hockey offices in Conte Forum to interview Head Coach Jerry York for the final broadcast of our weekly sports talk radio show on WVBC, “The Beantown Buzz.” Check out this link to hear the full interview:

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Steve Donohue's team continues to morph as sophomore Evan Ravenel has asked for his release from the program. Ravenel follows Rakim Sanders and Brady Hesslip out the door. Ravenel saw an increased role after some great performances late in the season and some wondered whether or not he'd take the starting job from Josh Southern down low.

Donohue continues to be hard on the recruiting trail, however, as he has convinced Kevin Noreen to stay.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

New commitment this week by the name of Brian Mihalik

Nice offers from some BCS schools (West Virginia, Stanford, Arizona) and size (6'6 230). Also nice to get some Ohio blood on the roster since the last guy from the Birthplace of Aviation goes by the name Kuechly.


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