Eagles and Irish blast away

A dozen BC and Notre Dame alumni (and friends) from San Diego met on the battlefield Saturday in friendly “combat” at The Paintball Park, Camp Pendleton.

Prior to the match, without paintball “wounds.” L-R: Eagles Matt Landa JD’13, Kevin Calkins ’00, Nick Hurt ’00, Bill McDonald ’68, Jon Smallwood, Brian Tsu ’00 and Irish Joe White ’09, Quinn Kilpatrick ’13, Josh Shambaugh ’14, Katie Wehner ’13, Roger Sammon ’14, Mychael Medina.

As no one on either team had done this before, we opted for “Paintball Lite.” That means smaller and less powerful guns, smaller and less painful paintballs, no bruises . . . except to pride. Over a couple of hours, the teams competed in several different venues at the park. To be honest, the Golden Domers were generally better at it this time than the Eagles, who are aiming at a rematch.

Here’s a brief (<4 mins) video of some of the action:


Men’s soccer reaches ACC semifinals

Senior Zeiko Lewis

Senior Zeiko Lewis

UPDATE: Clemson scored a late goal to beat the Eagles, 1-0, in the semifinals November 9.

Following a 1-0 win Sunday over #4 North Carolina, also the ACC tournament #1 seed, Boston College men’s soccer faces Clemson in the semfinals of the conference tournament Wednesday, November 9. Senior Zeiko Lewis scored the winning goal in the game’s 58th minute.

The BC game begins at 4 pm PT and can be viewed online on ACC Network Extra, available on Watch ESPN.

Lewis was named to the all-ACC first team, and Lasse Lehmann was named to the all-ACC freshman team.

Soccer run ends in Syracuse

Senior goaltender Alex Kapp makes one of his nine saves against Syracuse.

Senior goaltender Alex Kapp makes one of his nine saves against Syracuse.

BC’s men’s soccer team reached the Elite Eight, the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, for the second time ever, but the run for a title ended in a 1-0 loss yesterday at Syracuse.

The Eagles has beaten three teams in the tournament, including top-seeded Georgetown, to reach the quarterfinals. Senior goaltender Alex Kapp made nine saves in the Syracuse game, in which the Orange outshot BC 16-6.

BC finishes the season with an 11-8-2 record. The Eagles are a very young team, with 14 freshmen on the 25-man roster.

Other sports

The #2-ranked women’s hockey team advanced to 19-0 (13-0) with a weekend sweep of Maine.  In the first of two games, BC senior Alex Carpenter established the Hockey East career scoring record, exceeding the standard set by two others, including Kelli Stack ’11.

Senior forward Meghan Grieves

Senior forward Maghan Grieves

Men’s hockey suffered only its second blemish of the season, this time a 3-3 tie with Northeastern yesterday, but recovered today with a 4-3 win over the Huskies. BC improved to 13-1-1 (6-0-1).

Men’s basketball fell to 3-5 (0-0) with a disheartening loss today to UMass Lowell, 68-66. The Eagles were ahead 61-54 with four minutes remaining, but Lowell scored 11 straight points in the next 44 seconds to take a 65-61 lead with 3:15 left and held on for the win.

Women’s basketball improved to 6-1 with an upset of Purdue in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge.