March 30, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 14
After Exciting Weekend, BC Hockey in Title Hunt
It was one of the most heart-stopping, emotional 30 hours in Boston College athletic history.
During the period from Friday night, March 24, to the wee hours of Sunday, March 26, BC's basketball teams endured agonizing, season-ending losses - the men to Villanova, 60-59, in overtime; the women to Utah, 57-54 - while the men's hockey team dispatched an old rival to keep its hopes alive for another national championship.
The Eagles defeated Boston University, 5-0, in the NCAA Hockey Tournament East Regional and advanced to the Frozen Four championship round, which will be held April 6-8 in Milwaukee. BC had posted an identical 5-0 score in beating Miami (Ohio) Friday to earn a berth in the regional final.
BC will be bidding for its first national title since 2001, when it defeated North Dakota, who will be their opponent in this year's semi-final on April 6. The game will begin at 3 p.m.
BC's basketball teams - having completed their inaugural campaigns in the Atlantic Coast Conference - had both advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" round prior to this weekend's losses. The men's basketball team finished with a record of 28-8, ending a season which saw them overcome an 0-3 start in the ACC and nearly win the conference tournament. The women's team, which ended 2005-06 at 21-12, defeated No. 1 regional seed Ohio State and was bidding to reach its first-ever regional final.
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