Fifth Straight Bowl Game Caps Fall Sports Season

Fifth Straight Bowl Game Caps Fall Sports Season

Soccer, field hockey, cross-country teams add to list of achievements

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

When the Boston College football team takes the field against Colorado State in the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl on New Year's Eve, it will cap a successful fall season for a number of the University's sports teams.

The Dec. 31 game will mark the fifth consecutive year that Coach Tom O'Brien's Eagles have qualified for post-season play. This year's team finished with a 7-5 regular season record that included road victories at Virginia Tech and Penn State, as well as a win over traditional football power Notre Dame.

The Boston College field hockey team also qualified for post-season play this year, winning the Big East Conference championship and earning a spot in the NCAA tournament, the team's first NCAA bid since 1998.

The women's soccer team also earned a spot in the NCAA Championship Tournament, marking the seventh time that the Eagles have qualified for the national playoffs. Alison Foley shared "Coach of the Year" honors in New England in recognition of the soccer team's impressive 15-3-3 overall record.

Several Boston College individual student-athletes also captured national honors this fall. Women's cross-county runner Jennifer Kramer '04 became the eighth BC student-athlete to win All-America designation by finishing 34th overall in the field of 252 runners at this year's NCAA cross-country championships. Kramer's accomplishment marked the sixth consecutive year that one of Coach Randy Thomas' runners has earned an All-America rating.

Field hockey player Kristen Madden '06 was named to the second-team of that sport's All-America squad, while men's soccer standout Guy Melamed '05 was a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, presented to the outstanding male player in college soccer.

Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo said the San Francisco Bowl game is an important milestone in the University's sports history. "This is our fifth consecutive bowl game," he said, "and that's the first time that has ever been done at Boston College."

DeFilippo said the bowl's West Coast location is a special plus for the 7,000 Boston College alumni who live in California. "This will give us an opportunity to gather together as many of those alumni as we can to come to the game and cheer the team on in person," he said.

Such fan support takes on added importance as the University's athletic program prepares to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, DeFilippo says. "It's really important for us to show that our team has fans that 'travel well' and purchase tickets [for bowl games]," he said.

The Boston College Alumni Association is planning a major pre-game function at San Francisco's Pacific Bell Park prior to the New Year's Eve game, DeFilippo said.

The San Francisco Bowl will be shown on ESPN2, starting at 10:30 p.m. EST.


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