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MY BC EXPERIENCE: Alana, Tommy, Cal, Jared, Natalie, Andrea, John, Emily and the 2012 Boston College Athletics Annual Report

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PDF: 2012 Boston College Athletics Annual Report

The 2012 Boston College Athletics Annual Report 

Welcome to the 2012 Boston College Athletics Annual Report.

Each day, our goal is to keep our 750 student-athletes at the heart of our Athletics program, and they are at the heart of this year’s annual report. We asked some of our current and former student-athletes to share their “BC Experience” with you.

As you will see in the following pages, the lessons these young men and women have learned in the classroom, on the playing field and in the Boston College community have prepared them for success in many walks of life.

Your continued support of our program is vital to the development of our studentathletes. We couldn’t do it without you, and we are grateful to have you on our team.

I hope you enjoy the stories of our student-athletes. Thanks for all you do for Boston College Athletics.

Gene DeFilippo
Director of Athletics
Boston College

Alana Vivolo (BC Class of 2006), former Women’s Lacross Captain

now Health Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta

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While at Boston College, Alana Vivolo discovered her passion for violence prevention and gained the tools to make a difference in this field. The former women’s lacrosse captain now works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta as part of the division of violence prevention. She credits her time at BC and on the lacrosse team for helping her have such an accelerated career path.

In the summer between her junior and senior years, Vivolo interned at Jane Doe Inc., a Massachusetts-based coalition against assault and domestic violence.

“It was a great experience working for them because it propelled me to work at the CDC,” Vivolo said. “I became aware of it while working at Jane Doe.”

After graduating from BC in 2006 with a degree in psychology, Vivolo got her master’s degree in public health at Emory University. During her time there, she did an internship with the CDC and fell in love with it.

An expert on bullying, Vivolo works with 10 communities in the United States, selecting and then implementing violence prevention in schools and communities. Being able to work in groups has been pivotal in Vivolo’s drive to make a difference in the lives of children. And that’s where her lacrosse experience figures in.

“I work a lot in groups at the CDC,” she said. “I have to negotiate and problem solve with people. Being on the lacrosse team honed these skills because we were all working towards a common goal: to score. And that really translates.”

Another thing that has translated from her days as a captain is the role personal accountability plays in leadership. “Being a captain means a lot because you have to hold yourself to a high standard and model good behavior so the underclassmen understand the rules and goals,” Vivolo said.

“Applying that to the real world is important. I draw from the interactions I had on the lacrosse team as a leader when working with my co-workers.

“When you have to take five classes and lab, have lacrosse practice and have to study on top of it, you’re packing a lot into a day,” she said. “Being on the team helped me be really good at multi-tasking.” 

Andrea King (BC Class of 2012) Women’s Swimming Captain

Future Finance and Marketing Executive at Textron

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“For me, service was something instilled in me from my upbringing. Because my parents immigrated to America from the Philippines, they helped me realize I have had a very fortunate life. This sparked my interest in service, and Boston College Athletics has helped me continue to do one of the things I’m most passionate about.

“The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) provides student-athletes with different opportunities. I’ve done many different service activities, including the Food for Families Program, Franciscan Hospital Visits and the Pen Pal Program. One highlight for me is my team’s tradition of visiting the Franciscan Hospital for Children before Thanksgiving to make turkey hands with the patients.

“As a member of the SAAC board, my job was to coordinate the Pen Pal Program, in which 186 student-athletes write to 198 pen pals from the Edison and the Winship Elementary Schools in Boston. Under my leadership, I wanted to take the program to new heights. We tried to improve the turnover and increase the number of letters we exchanged with our pen pals. We also had the teams visit their pen pals’ classrooms so they could meet their pen pals earlier in the year and expand their ideas of literacy. While making these changes was hard to coordinate, it was rewarding because it helped show the children we truly care about them. When I was reading to the students, I knew I had done the right thing when I saw the smiles on their faces.

“After graduation, I will be working at Textron as a part of their leadership development program in finance. The program consists of two one-year rotations in different business units and roles. Coordinating the Pen Pal Program in particular, something that took tremendous organizational skills, patience and leadership, will definitely help me in my new endeavor.”

– Andrea King, ’12 

Giving Back: Community Service

The Katharine B. and Robert M. Devlin Student-Athletes for Education and Leadership Development Program

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Outside of their athletic endeavors, Boston College student-athletes are perhaps best known for their devotion to community service, as they spend numerous hours helping those less fortunate, establishing programs, enhancing established programs and aiding local youth groups and hospitals.

The establishment of the Katharine B. and Robert M. Devlin Student-Athletes for Education and Leadership development program provides student-athletes the opportunity to expand and enhance their collegiate experience by reaching out to the community in a variety of ways.

Many student-athletes spend time volunteering at the Greater Boston Food Bank, reading to students through the HEAR 

(Help Educate through Athletic Responsibility) program, corresponding with students through the Pen Pal program, gathering and wrapping gifts for children at the holiday present drive and frequent visits to Boston Children’s Hospital and the Franciscan Hospital in addition to taking con countless local community projects. BC’s Student- Athlete Advisory Committee was awarded the National SAAC Award of Excellence for fall, 2010. 

One of the most popular programs has been the student-athlete service immersion trip to the Gulf Coast region. This is the fourth year Boston College student-athletes have participated in the rebuilding effort from Hurricane Katrina. Only 22 student- athletes are chosen to participate in a seven-day trip to New Orleans to help the Katrina relief organizations. 

At the All-Sports Banquet, teams are honored for their commitment to the community with the St. Ignatius Cup. This past season, rowing, softball and men’s soccer were honored. Rowing is a perennial winner of the St. Ignatius Cup, while men’s soccer made weekly appearances at the West End House Boys and Girls Club throughout the season. Softball volunteered at Food for Families as well as raising money in the annual “Pink Zone” game.

The annual Mo Maloney Award for Community Service is presented to student- athletes who have utilized their talents and abilities in unselfish service to others. Those honored were senior Emily Charnowski of rowing, senior Julia Bouchelle of soccer and senior Bryan Murray of football. 

Giving Back: Community Service, Cont’d

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Numerous teams are devoted to specific charities and causes. The field hockey team raises money for multiple sclerosis and dedicates one game a season to make people aware of the disease. Women’s soccer has a “Gold Game,” which is their fundraiser for the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. 

On April 28, the baseball team recognized former captain and current director of baseball operations Pete Frates in a pregame ceremony before its own ALS awareness game. A record 2,286 fans showed up in support of Frates and promoting ALS research and fundraising.

Frates, a native of Beverly who played outfield for the Eagles from 2004-07, was recently diagnosed with ALS. He is the director of baseball operations at BC and, in his travels with the team, Frates uses the opportunity to raise awareness for ALS. The team also held an auction to raise funds and has plans for more events in support of Frates and ALS. 

Five BC teams – baseball, softball, fencing, field hockey and lacrosse – took part in the seventh annual Welles Remy Crowther Red Bandana Run on October 15 to support the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust.

The baseball, softball and fencing teams competed and volunteered in the race while the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams offered their services as well. Welles Crowther was an equities trader in the south tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Crowther, a former BC lacrosse player, used the last hour of his life to save the lives of others, using a red bandana to cover his nose and mouth as protection against smoke and debris. His heroics were documented in the “Outside the Lines” segment on ESPN, produced by ESPN’s Drew Gallagher (BC ’99), who was a friend of Welles at BC.

In July of 2011, the football team participated in the third annual “Lift for Life.” The student-athletes test their strength and endurance in the nine-exercise competitions with all proceeds benefiting research through the Sarcoma Foundation of America. 

Football is also a yearly visitor to Camp Harbor View, which is an initiative of the not-for-profit Camp Harbor View Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the City of Boston and the Boys & Girls Club of Boston.

The camp gives children from at-risk neighborhoods an opportunity to leave the city and participate in a four-week summer program with hiking and swimming as well as arts and crafts activities. The BC student-athletes spend the day with the campers.

The ACC honored a number of students from Boston College for their continued service throughout the year. Those receiving the Seven for Service awards from the conference were fencing’s Gabrielle Goode, swimming’s Andrea King, sailing’s Caroline Quincy, fencing’s Nikhil Patel, soccer’s Chris Ager and women’s hockey’s Libby Olchowski. 

Emily Charnowski (BC Class of 2012) Two-Time Women’s Rowing Captain and Future Counselor/Teacher

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Boston College helped me find what I’m passionate about. A lot of my psychology and theology classes were about how you can make a difference in other people’s lives through your interactions and relationships. In my social psychology classes in particular, I learned how even the smallest interactions, like individual conversations, can really influence another person in a positive way. This fostered a desire in me to give back and gave me the tools to be able to do so.

“Over my four years at BC, I discovered that I definitely want to work with high school students as a counselor or teacher. I grew really close to my teachers and my relationships with them helped shape me into who I am today. I want to be able to give back in the same way.

“I came to BC thinking I wanted to go into psychology. When I found out I could become a general education minor, I did because I was always interested in becoming a teacher. I also loved my theology classes, so I added theology as a major. I’m really happy I was able to pursue all of these interests at Boston College because they have helped me become the person I am and prepared me to take the next step.

“One class that had a big impact on me was Ignatian Spirituality. Before that, I never knew what it meant to be at a Jesuit school. It taught me how faith plays a key role in education and helped me decide to pursue working in a Catholic school. Since then, faith has become the glue that pulls everything I do together, including my academics and athletics. BC taught me it’s important to not just take a class to take a class or practice just to practice. There’s a greater purpose to everything you do.

Emily Charnowski ’12 

Academics: Boston College Eagles Athletics Ties for Second in Nation in Overall Graduation Success Rate

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Boston College, along with Duke University, tied for second in the nation for overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in all sports among FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools, according to data released by the NCAA last October. The 97 percent that both schools registered was second only to Notre Dame’s 99 percent.

Twenty-one BC sports teams received a perfect GSR score of 100, the most teams with a perfect score of any FBS athletics program in the country. This marked the third consecutive year the Eagles recorded the most perfect scores among their FBS counterparts. In addition, the football team’s score of 93 was one of only six FBS programs in the country to receive a score of 90 or better.

“We are very proud that our program is among the top three in the nation in terms of graduating our student-athletes,” Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo said. “Congratulations to our student-athletes for a job well done.”

The 21 Boston College teams that recorded a perfect GSR score of 100 included men’s baseball, fencing, golf, skiing, sailing, swimming and tennis along with women’s basketball, cross country/track, rowing, fencing, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, sailing, skiing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

The five FBS institutions that received scores of 90 or better were Notre Dame (97), Northwestern (94), BC (93), Duke (93), Rice (93), and Navy (91).

Boston College Student-Athletes Honored at All-Sports Banquet

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Men’s and women’s swimming led with 63 student-athletes earning better than a 3.0 grade-point average. Men’s and women’s track and field was second with 48, including three members of the Eagles distance medley relay team – Jillian King, Caroline King and Erin McKenna – who placed fourth and broke the school record at the Penn Relays.

The rowing team had 31 student-athletes including senior Emily Charnowski, who also earned the Richard “Mo” Maloney Award for Community Service. The sailing team had 20 student-athletes honored for their academic achievement, including Annie Haeger, who was the 2012 female Eagle of the Year.

The men’s and women’s hockey teams combined to place 14 players on the academic honor list. That included senior defenseman Tommy Cross and senior forward Mary Restuccia, both three-time honorees. Cross was also honored as the 2012 male Eagle of the Year.

Football placed 17 student-athletes on the list, while fencing had 18, women’s lacrosse had 15 and field hockey had 10.

The Office of Learning Resources for Student-Athletes also gave out awards to a number of student-athletes. Molly Wolfe and Patrick Riley, both members of the fencing team, received the Learning Resources Award for Excellence. Senior Kaleb Ramsey, a member of the football team, and senior Nicole Barry, a member of the field hockey team, received the LRSA Achievement Award.

Eight student-athletes also received the Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award. These awards are presented to a male and female student-athlete from each class for excellence in the classroom and on the playing fields.

Winners by Class:

FRESHMEN: Emily Pfalzer, Women’s Hockey; Diego Medina-Mendez, Men’s Soccer.

SOPHOMORES: Nicole Schuster, Field Hockey; Chris Ager, Men’s Soccer.

JUNIORS: Kristie Mewis, Women’s Soccer; Luke Kuechly, Football.

SENIORS: Caroline King, Track and Field; Peter Souders, Fencing.

BC Development: Jared Dudley (BC Class of 2007) Former BC Eagle Hoopster, now Professional Basketball Player in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns

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“Leaving San Diego and going to the East Coast and to Boston College helped me grow up and to become a man. Doing laundry for the first time at upper campus to being on my own for the first time in my whole life, the experiences at BC – from the beginning to the middle to the end – were all positive.

“When it comes to the friendships and family atmosphere that you have on campus, being around all the people from New York to Boston to California, you meet a wide range of different types of people and personalities. That has definitely helped me throughout my life and in my career in the NBA, dealing with all different races and types of people. And it will help me moving forward in my life.

“There are so many key things I learned at Boston College. One of the main things was how to manage my time. Coming to college from high school, from the west coast to the east coast, you have class, you have practice, you have a pretty full day. You’ve got to know how to arrange your schedule, to be responsible and accountable for what you do.

From preparing to play basketball to a higher level to getting my work done to get my degree – which is going to be even more important to me after I finish my professional career – time management was key. I have kids now, a family, and managing my time wisely so that I’m able to spend quality time with them while I’m playing basketball is a skill I learned at Boston College.

Every year at Boston College got better, especially in terms of facilities. By the time I left, they had built an entire new facility for us, which provided a family atmosphere. There was a place to watch videos, a nice locker room, showers, bigger lockers, all attached to the coaching offices. It definitely had a nice vibe. I appreciate that this was made possible by the generosity of Flynn Fund donors.

– Jared Dudley ’07

Flynn Fund at Boston College Creates Special Opportunities

Hogan Family Endows Scholarship

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While wins and losses are key benchmarks for all of our student-athletes, they also live by their growth as people.

Sometimes the disappointment of a loss can prepare them for more than they imagine.

Success, like that of our hockey and sailing teams, has an equally beneficial impact.

Staying at the top, living by the motto Ever to Excel is prevalent every day at The Heights.

Thank you to the donors who made 2011-12 a truly special one by contributing more than $20 million in cash over the past year, one of the best fundraising years in BC Athletics history. 

The 2011-2012 Highlights:

Boston College welcomed the largest-ever commitment to a BC Athletics varsity team with a $5 million gift to endow the head men’s ice hockey coaching position;

– In the last two years, there have been 87 commitments of $100,000 or more;

– More than 4,500 individuals made gifts to the Flynn Fund;

– In FY ‘12, there were five commitments of $1 million or more;

– There were more than 1,000 first-time donors to the Flynn Fund;

BC baseball received a $2.5 million gift. 


Tuition & Fees: . . . . $43,878

Room: . . . . . . . . . . . . $8,356

Board: . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,818

Books: . . . . . . . . . . . . $800

TOTAL COST TO ATHLETICS 2013: $15,735,744

(Boston College awards 272 scholarships annually)


The Hogan family provided a very meaningful and unique approach to making their recent gift to Boston
College Athletics.

Bill Hogan, III ’63, along with his daughter Katheryn Hogan Ascione ’93, and son-in-law, Michael Ascione ’93, made a new gift of $250,000 to establish an endowed scholarship in honor of Bill’s father, Bill Hogan, Jr. ’33 on his 100th birthday.

Bill Hogan III ’63 felt it was the appropriate time to establish a family legacy at Boston College by establishing this scholarship.

The family was honored to name the scholarship after Bill Hogan, Jr. ’33, who was a standout ice hockey player for The Eagles under coach Snooks Kelley. 

Your Gifts Matter at Boston College

Rich Canning Receives Curley Award

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It is our parents, alumni and friends who carry our student-athletes through wins and losses. Gifts of all amounts matter.

The most important thing is that by reading this annual report you see things through the experiences of those at The Heights every day and you realize you are one of us. Your gift has impacted a student-athlete who may not otherwise have had the opportunity to wear maroon and gold.

It is your gift that has provided the necessary resources to help us sustain our athletic and academic reputation. It is your gift that has allowed the University to remain committed to its mission of developing the whole person in body, mind and spirit.

It is your commitment that makes Boston College one of the finest academic institutions in the world. You realize all Eagles are like you and together we can soar to glory. In order to be competitive and continue to produce student-athletes you can be proud of, we need your help.

Join all 4,500 members of the Flynn Fund by:

– Maintaining your support. Increasing your gift if possible;

– Recruiting or becoming a new member;

– Re-joining the Flynn Fund if your membership has lapsed.


Richard J. “Rich” Canning ’81 received the Curley Award for his commitment of time and resources to the Boston College Athletics Department. Rich is a loyal Eagles fan with a long history of supporting the BC Athletics program.

A season ticket holder for both football and men’s basketball, he travels extensively throughout the country to athletics events, fostering and reinforcing relationships with other BC alumni and friends and demonstrating invaluable leadership on the University’s behalf.

With his wife Cecilia Baynes Canning, he has established two scholarship funds, underwriting financial aid for a student-athlete and a student in the Carroll School of Management. The Cannings also host many events and are long-time supporters of Wall Street Council scholarship programs.

BC Development: Largest-Ever Gift in Support of a BC Team Honors Jerry York and BC Hockey Program

John and Deborah Buehler Make $2.5 Million Gift

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In May, Boston College announced the largest commitment ever made by a graduate to a varsity sport at BC.

The anonymous donor chose to establish an endowment to support the head men’s ice hockey coaching position with a gift of $5 million. The gift will be invested with the University’s endowment and will exist to support BC in perpetuity.

Income from this fund will be utilized to help ensure that the Eagles will always have the resources necessary to attract and retain an outstanding head coach in ice hockey.

On several occasions, the donor referenced the outstanding leadership by Jerry York and his commitment to excellence. Recognizing that sustaining excellence requires investments on all levels, the donor felt it was an appropriate time to establish the endowment to acknowledge the accomplishments of BC’s past, celebrate its recent successes, and, most importantly, send a signal that BC desires to be successful for many years to come. 


Boston College’s baseball team was the beneficiary of outstanding generosity from one if its alumni.

John ’69 and Deborah Buehler made the largest one-time gift by an alumnus in the history of BC baseball by donating $2.5 million in support of three key areas.

1. First, their gift will fund an endowed scholarship that will cover the full scholarship for BC’s No. 1 starting pitcher in perpetuity;

2. In addition to endowing a full scholarship, the gift will also be used to support construction of a new baseball complex that will be built in the coming years on BC’s recently acquired Brighton campus;

3. Finally, the current members of the baseball team will also experience the impact of the Buehlers’ generosity as a portion of the gift will provide much-needed current-use funding for annual operating expenses. This portion of the gift will be used to fulfill the team’s greatest immediate needs. 

BC Hockey and Tommy Cross (Class of 2012) Captain, NCAA Champion now a Professional Hockey Player in the NHL with the Boston Bruins

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“Winning a national championship is an incredible experience. It’s how we define our seasons. As a captain, to win it is really special because only four captains have done it before. I wanted to join the ranks of Matt Price, Mike Brennan and Brian Gionta, and it’s an honor.

“I was at the game in Albany when BC beat North Dakota to win the 2001 national championship. That team was special and was the first one to win for the Eagles in a long time. I saw that and then dreamed about being in that situation. Fast forward 11 years, to be in that spot, it’s rare and a great place to be.

“The team had a great leadership group. My responsibility this season was to be the rock. That was challenging. My natural tendency is to be emotional – get high with the highs and get low with the lows. This year taught me to stay on an even keel.

“After getting swept by Maine, everybody was looking at the series against New Hampshire and changing little things. Sure enough, we swept them, and 19 games later we were in Tampa winning the national championship.

“Coach York is so positive and that’s rubbed off on me. He influences his players in a subtle way. It’s not large, life-changing lessons that he teaches once a week. It’s through small teachable moments. The way he utilizes them is genius and also speaks to his outlook on things.

Boston College has been the perfect situation to get ready to take the next step in hockey. The winning culture here has been a good experience because NHL teams want their guys to experience winning. The way BC goes about business is similar to a professional atmosphere because it’s all about getting better and doing your best. I could see in the couple of games that I had with the Providence Bruins what a great place this was to develop.

“It’s been the best four years of my life. I can’t thank Boston College enough for the opportunity. It was my dream to come here and my time here has been way more than I ever expected.

-Tommy Cross ’12

The 2011-2012 Boston College Hockey Team, One of the Greatest NCAA Hockey Teams Ever: 33-10-1, National Champs, Beanpot Champs, Hockey East Regular Season Champs, Hockey East Tournament Champs

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The 2011-12 Boston College men’s ice hockey season will be remembered as one of the greatest in school history as the team matched the school record with 33 victories – in 44 games – and captured four major titles in the same season: the Beanpot, Hockey East regular-season title, Hockey East Tournament title and the NCAA championship.

The team finished with a 33-10-1 overall record, including a 19-7-1 mark in Hockey East play. It won 19 straight games to close the season.

As the top seed in NCAA Northeast Regional, BC defeated Air Force in the first round and Minnesota-Duluth in the quarterfinals to advance to the Frozen Four in Tampa. There, the team defeated Minnesota 6-1 in the semifinals and earned the program’s third national title in five years, its fourth under head coach Jerry York and its fifth overall with a 4-1 victory over Ferris State in the championship game.

Junior Parker Milner earned the Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player award. Junior defenseman Brian Dumoulin earned All- America East first-team honors and senior forward Barry Almeida earned All-America East second-team recognition. Dumoulin and Almeida earned All-Conference first- team honors, junior Chris Kreider captured All-Conference second-team accolades and Johnny Gaudreau earned All-Conference Rookie recognition. 

Boston College Eagles Hockey: Three National Championships in Five Years

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Boston College is the first team since 1961 to win three championships in five seasons; Murray Armstrong’s Denver team won three titles in four years (1958, 1960, 1961), and BC has captured titles in 2008, 2010 and 2012. The all-time best is five titles in six years, accomplished by Michigan (1951, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956).

Boston College has competed in five of the last seven national championship games – 2006 (Wisconsin, 1-2), 2007 (Michigan State, 1-3), 2008 (Notre Dame, 4-1), 2010 (Wisconsin, 5-0) and 2012 (Ferris State, 4-1). In its three most recent NCAA Frozen Four appearances (2008, 2010 and 2012), Boston College has outscored its opponents by a 32-5 margin.

Jerry York’s overall record is 913-557-94 in 40 seasons as a head coach at Clarkson, Bowling Green and Boston College; he owns the second-most victories of any Division I coach.

Ron Mason recorded 924 victories in his career at Lake Superior State, Bowling Green and Michigan State. York is 32-9 in NCAA Tournament games as the head coach at Boston College; his 37 wins overall in the NCAA Tournament is the highest total in Division I history.

Goaltender Parker Milner’s 0.50 goals against average in the 2012 NCAA Tournament ties him for the best all-time with three other players (Ken Dryden, Cornell in 1967; Gerry Powers, Denver in 1968, and Tim Regan, Boston University in 1972). 

BC Women’s Hockey Returns to Frozen Four, Represents Team USA

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For the second consecutive year, the Boston College women’s ice hockey team capped its season with a spot in the NCAA Frozen Four. Head Coach Katie King Crowley guided the Eagles to a school record 24 wins for the second straight season.

The 2011 season saw Mary Restuccia become the eighth Eagle to register 100 or more points in a career and junior goaltender Corinne Boyles establish a new BC single-season record with 927 saves.

Freshman center Alex Carpenter became the first rookie to lead the team in scoring in five years, totaling 39 points en route to being named a New England and Hockey East All-Star.

Junior defenseman Blake Bolden joined her teammate on the all-star teams and as a Patty Kazmaier nominee, the award presented to the women’s top collegiate player.

While Carpenter was leading the U.S. to a silver medal at the IIHF U18 World Championship, Bolden, sophomore Taylor Wasylk and freshman Emily Field attended the women’s senior national team training camp.

Wasylk eventually joined BC alums Molly Schaus ’11 and Kelli Stack ’11 on the U.S. roster for the 2012 IIHF World Championship in Burlington, Vt., where the USA earned a silver medal in a 5-4 overtime loss to Canada.

Prior to Crowley taking over in 2007, the program had made only one NCAA Tournament appearance and never competed in back-to-back national semifinals.

Since then the Eagles have made three national tournaments, two Frozen Fours and won their first Hockey East Tournament title. 

Boston College Recreation Sports: Campus Recreation Excels at The Heights

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For 40 years, the William J. Flynn Student Recreation Complex at Boston College has serviced students, faculty, and staff. From club sports to intramurals, aquatics to fitness, pick-up basketball to yoga, Campus Recreation provides something for everyone on campus.

Employing more than 360 student employees per year, Campus Recreation is one of the largest student employers on campus.

These students serve our community by teaching more than 80 group exercise classes per week, officiating more than 1,900 games per year, along with helping their fellow students find a moment in their day where they can de-stress.

Campus Recreation is working on expansions on the Brighton and Newton campuses in the coming year, along with renovations in the main facility.

They look forward to providing quality programming, services, and facilities in the months to come. 

Campus Recreation Excels at The Heights – Cont’d

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“It is difficult to underestimate the impact of the intramural sports programs at BC; the effect it has on thousands of students is profound. It is the embodiment of the culture that many students seek when they apply – allowing students to grow as individuals inside and outside of the classroom.”

– Ian A. Roundtree ’12, Intramural Staff 

“The team was my family away from home. I formed relationships with women in other classes and from different backgrounds, and they helped me adjust to the social and academic pressures of college.”

– Elise McMullen ’12,
Club Field Hockey President and Captain 

“Playing club hockey has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had at Boston College. I was allowed to continue to play a sport that I love while meeting some of my best friends and learning a lot about the logistics behind running a hockey team. I loved every minute of it.”

– Stephen Sypek ’12,
Club Ice Hockey President & Captain 

BC In The News: Former Boston College Women’s Basketball Captain Cal Bouchard (Class of 2000)

now Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at The North Face

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After a year of playing basketball professionally in Spain and for the Canadian National Team, Cal Bouchard decided it was time to pursue another career.

Nowadays, the former Boston College women’s basketball captain is the director of finance for The North Face Jacket Company.

For Bouchard, the road to this position was winding, and she used many of the lessons she learned as an Eagle along the way.

Bouchard became a licensed CPA after her basketball retirement and went to Columbia University to get her MBA. Upon graduation, she was hired by North Face and moved to California.

Within three years, she was promoted to the position she has now held for two years.

Two lessons from her days as a guard on the basketball team were especially important in the navigation of her new world.

“Teamwork and leadership is what you learn while playing a college sport, especially at a high level like at BC,” Bouchard said. “Every athlete will tell you that, but it really does translate into the business world.”

Bouchard pointed out that being able to work as a team during the good and bad times and being able to relate to different people are valuable skills she cultivated while playing basketball.

But, more importantly to her, she also became a more effective leader during her time at The Heights.

“I thought I knew how to lead and how to motivate people, but I didn’t know everything,” Bouchard said. “In the business world, you need to be able to lead a team and the experience of being a captain translated directly.”

While her career keeps her very busy, Bouchard said her time at BC taught her another valuable skill: the ability to effectively balance the different parts of her life.

“As you grow in your career and rise through the ranks, it becomes important to be able to balance your career with your personal life,” Bouchard said.

“It’s important to be successful and to be happy. Learning to balance schoolwork, athletics and my personal life at BC has helped me balance my career ambitions with my personal life.” 

BC In The News, Continued: ACC, ESPN Announce Contract Extension

Mike Mayock Named Sports Illustrated Media Person of the Year

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The Atlantic Coast Conference and ESPN have announced an extension to their exclusive agreement through 2026-27 which will now feature several new elements designed to bring added value to ESPN and ACC fans, including more title sponsorship rights, more men’s regular-season and conference tournament basketball games, more conference football games, and dozens more Olympic sports competitions.

The contract extension will provide Boston College sports with a significant boost financially and in prominence.

The renegotiated deal between the ACC and ESPN will pay $3.6 billion over the next 15 years, or an average of $17 million annually to each of the league’s 14 teams.

“This is significant in a couple of ways,’’ Athletics Director Gene DeFilippo said. “It means an additional $4 million per year per school, and it means we’re going to get a lot more exposure by way of television.”

“The job of the Athletics Department is to provide name recognition and exposure for the institution, and having more games on television will certainly help to do that.’’

The conference’s planned increase to an 18- game conference men’s basketball schedule and the additions of Pittsburgh and Syracuse will bring an increase of 30 conference men’s basketball games per year and two more conference tournament games.

In football, 14 more conference-controlled games will be televised each year.

Per the extension, ESPN has the right to televise three Friday ACC football contests annually which will include a standing commitment from Boston College and Syracuse to each host one game as well as an afternoon or evening game on Thanksgiving Friday.

Also, more women’s basketball and dozens more Olympic sports competitions will be covered on ESPN platforms representing the conference’s 25, soon to be 26, sponsored sports.

BC Eagles of the Year

Annie Haeger, Sailing

Tommy Cross, Hockey

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Annie Haeger, an All-America sailor, and Tommy Cross, captain of the 2012 NCAA national champion men’s hockey team, earned Eagle of the Year Awards at Boston College’s All-Sports Banquet on May 4.

Haeger is considered the top women’s sailor in program history.

The Lake Forest, Ill., native was named the 2011 Women’s Intercollegiate College Sailing Association (ICSA) Sailor of the Year. She also has been a part of two women’s national titles, three co-ed titles and two team national titles.

Haeger has won three Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Women’s Singlehanded National Championships to become a three-time ICSA All-America first-team honoree.

In addition, she earned ICSA All-America Co-Ed second- team honors in 2010.

The senior earned the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s Women’s Sailor of the Year in both 2010 and 2011.

Annie has been named NEISA All-Conference for three straight years and earned NEISA All-Conference Co-Ed honors for the last two seasons. She won the NEISA Women’s Singlehanded Conference Championship in 2009 and 2011, and was the NEISA Rookie of the Year in 2009.

A four-time Athletics Director’s Award for Academic Achievement honoree and a Dean’s List student, Haeger graduated in May from the Carroll School of Management with a degree in marketing. The sailor is also active in the community, as she helped the team win the 2011 St. Ignatius Cup and works with the HEAR Program, in addition to Food for Families and the Pen Pal Picnic.

Cross, who is also a four-time recipient of the Athletics Director’s Award for Academic Achievement, was BC’s Junior Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2011. The 6-3, 215-pound defenseman tallied five goals and nine assists for 14 points and a +15 rating in 2012, en route to being named to the NCAA Northeast Regional All-Tournament Team and earning an All- Hockey East honorable mention.

During his time at The Heights, Cross helped The Eagles to 110 wins, two NCAA titles, three Hockey East Tournament titles, three Beanpot championships and two Hockey East regular-season titles.

The defenseman concluded his collegiate career with 17 goals and 43 assists for 60 points in 134 appearances.

Other career accolades for Cross include being named to the 2011 Hockey East All-Tournament Team and to the 2009-10 All-Hockey East Academic Team.

Boston College In the News, Cont’d:

Acacia Walker Named Head Lacrosse Coach

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Dedicated to helping others, Cross has led the team on several service engagements with the Friends of Jaclyn organization, the Saint Columbkille Partnership School and the YMCA. Additionally, he is a familiar face at Newton North High School, where he has taken an active role in weekly reading sessions. Cross earned a degree in communications from the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Awards were also presented at the banquet. These awards are given annually to a male and female student-athlete from each class for excellence in both the classroom and on the playing field. The winners were Caroline King of track & field and Peter Souders of fencing from the senior class; Kristen Mewis of women’s soccer and Luke Kuechly of football from the junior class; Nicole Schuster of field hockey and Chris Ager of men’s soccer from the sophomore class; and Emily Pfalzer of women’s ice hockey and Diego Medina-Mendez of men’s soccer from the freshman class.

This marks the second consecutive year in which Ager, Kuechly and Mewis earned the Outstanding Scholar-Athlete recognition.

Also recognized were 331 BC student- athletes who earned the Athletics Director’s Award for Academic Achievement. They must attain an overall grade-point average of 3.0 to garner the honor. 


Walker joined the BC program as the associate head coach prior to the 2011 season. The Annapolis, Md. native served as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator and played a key role in recruiting, as well as in many other facets of the daily operations of the BC program.

“I feel privileged to be selected as the head coach of the Boston College women’s lacrosse program,’’ Walker said. “I am confident we will provide a healthy, energetic, positive experience for our student-athletes.

“The opportunity Boston College provides its student- athletes is one of the best and I plan to bring in premier student-athletes to add to BC’s rich tradition and success.

“I am committed to building a strong program that will make the BC community proud.’’

Prior to working with The Eagles, Walker spent time at the University of Massachusetts as the associate head coach, and at Northwestern as an assistant coach. During her tenure, UMass won back-to-back Atlantic 10 Conference Championships, while Northwestern tallied three straight NCAA championships.

Walker continues to be an active player at the elite level, as she was named to the 2011-12 US Women’s Senior National lacrosse team, marking the 10th consecutive year that she has been involved with the team.

Some of her playing highlights include winning a gold medal with the 2009 World Cup team in Prague and helping the 2010-11 national team go undefeated on American soil.

A 2005 graduate of the University of Maryland, Walker was a four-year member of the Terrapins’ lacrosse team and captained the squad her senior season. She was an IWLCA All-American, as well as an All-ACC selection. In 2005, she won the University of Maryland M Club “James H. Kehoe” Award and was a Tewaaraton Candidate in 2004 and 2005. 

BC Linebacker Luke Kuechly’s Magical Postseason

Chris Kreider Sets an NHL Playoff Record

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After leading the nation in tackles for the second consecutive season, junior linebacker Luke Kuechly had an even busier postseason.

Kuechly, from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, became the most honored defensive player in Boston College football history, picking up four national defensive awards in a 10-day period.

Luke’s magical postseason awards tour began when Dick Butkus made a surprise appearance at football’s Scanlan awards banquet to present Kuechly the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker.

Kuechly then embarked on a week’s worth of coast-to-coast travel to bring home the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Lott Trophy and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player.

Kuechly averaged an NCAA-record 15.9 tackles per game last season and registered double-digit tackles for a record 33 consecutive games, becoming BC’s and the ACC’s all-time tackles leader after just three seasons.

Luke was the ninth selection overall (Carolina Panthers) in the 2012 NFL draft. 


Chris Kreider, a junior forward on Boston College’s hockey team in 2011-12, enjoyed a most remarkable transition
into professional hockey this spring.

A 6-foot-3, 203-pound forward, Kreider helped The Eagles capture the NCAA title in Tampa, Fla., on April 7 and joined the NHL’s New York Rangers for practice four days later.

He made his NHL debut in a playoff game against the Ottawa Senators on April 16 and scored his first NHL goal – the gamewinner – in game six against Ottawa on April 23.

His second NHL goal was also a playoff game- winning goal – against the Washington Capitals on April 28, making him the first player in NHL history whose first two goals were playoff game winners.

Kreider ended the playoffs with five goals, an NHL record for most playoff goals before playing his first regular-season game. 

BC Soccer Standout Natalie Crutchfield (Class of 2011)

now a Security Specialist with the U.S. Department of the Navy

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Over her four-year career on the Boston College soccer fields, Natalie Crutchfield displayed discipline, versatility and hard work.

Now a security specialist for the Department of the Navy, Crutchfield uses what she learned on and off the field to propel her in her young career.

The forward, a history major with an international studies minor, scored 20 points in 81 contests for The Eagles and played a pivotal role in many games.

She battled injuries her junior year to emerge as key figure her senior season, playing several different positions for the Maroon and Gold.

Crutchfield worked in many different roles before landing with the Navy, from internships in U.S. Senator John Kerry’s office and in the BC ticket office to a counselor at BC soccer camps.

“I believe the diversity in all my previous jobs helped me get to where I am today,” she said.

Like many student-athletes at BC, the forward learned how to multi-task and prioritize while juggling school, athletics, a job and community service activities.

“Perfecting time management has helped me the most in my office,” Crutchfield said. “I am able to work efficiently on multiple tasks and not be glued down to one project at a time.”

She also credits much of the person she has become to her time at Boston College.

“I had multiple influences at BC who shaped who I am today,” Crutchfield said. “My coaches were amazing. They always pushed me to my limits and tested me.

“My professors were knowledgeable and every class was rewarding. My job in the ticket office led me to meet a variety of people loyal to the BC community.

“My teammates became some of my best friends, their role in my life continues today.” 

BC In The News, Cont’d

Eagle Baseball Team Captain John Spatola (Class of 2010)

From Walk-On to Team Captain and Development Associate at Roxbury Latin School

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John Spatola played many roles on the Boston College baseball team from 2007-10. He worked his way onto the squad as a freshman walk-on, played hero as a junior and served as team captain as a senior.

Spatola starred at nearby Roxbury Latin High School before deciding to attend BC, and having to prove himself as a walk-on immediately developed skills and confidence he uses in everyday life.

“It was an uphill battle that fall,” Spatola said. “I was living day-to-day and was analyzing my odds on a daily basis.

“The attitude and approach I took that fall stuck with me for my next four seasons. Any adversity I have faced after that has not matched the one I faced that fall. I grew confidence out of that unlike anything I had before.”

John played in 50 games in his first two seasons until his break-out junior year in 2009.

Spatola batted .327 in 42 games and provided one of the most dramatic home runs in Eagles’ history, giving BC its first postseason win in 42 years.

“It’s those moments that teach you how to deal with situations because you’re not thinking about what a trying moment it is at the time,” Spatola said. “It prepares you for other moments further down the road.”

Spatola is now using his valuable college experience and economics degree as a Development Associate at his alma mater, Roxbury Latin, where his primary responsibilities are fundraising and alumni relations.

“Anyone who played a sport in college will tell you about the time, commitment and the level of competition,” Spatola said.

“You get tested on a daily basis whether it is against another team, within your own team or within yourself. I think BC prepares student-athletes extremely well for the interview.

“You have the confidence to go in there and really be proud of your background, your education and your values.” 

Boston College Women’s Basketball Names Erik Johnson new Head Coach

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In April, BC announced that Erik Johnson has been named the head women’s basketball coach at The Heights.

Johnson, who was the head coach at Denver for the last four years, has signed a five-year contract to become the seventh head coach in the history of the women’s basketball program.

“We know Erik is an outstanding coach and a strong leader,” Athletics Director Gene DeFilippo said. “He has done a great job with the Denver program and we are very pleased to welcome him back to the Boston College family.”

Johnson, who was an assistant coach at Boston College from 2006 through 2008 posted a 72-52 overall record while going 34-16 in the Sun Belt Conference at Denver.

He led the program to its first win over a nationally ranked team when the Pioneers defeated No. 23 Vanderbilt and to key victories over BCS schools Colorado, Oregon and Minnesota.

In the 2011-12 season, Johnson’s team went 19-12, posting its second straight 19-win season.

The team placed second in the Sun Belt Western Division and earned its second straight bye in the Sun Belt conference championship.

His 2012 recruiting class was ranked No. 16 nationally among mid-major schools by ESPN.

Johnson also placed five players on the Sun Belt Conference All-Conference teams, including Freshman of the Year and two-time All-Conference player Kaetlyn Murdoch.

The 2010-11 team finished the season ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 1 in the Sun Belt Conference in field-goal percentage, shooting 45.7 percent from the floor.

Denver also finished 25th nationally and first in the Sun Belt with a 35.8 three-point field goal percentage.

A native of San Diego, Johnson is a 1994 graduate of the University of California at San Diego. He earned his master’s degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 1997. Johnson and his wife, Laura, have two daughters, Daly (9) and Avery (7). Their son, Davis (4), passed away unexpectedly on May 6, 2010. 

Super Bowl XLVI and Patriots vs. Giants

The College/University Most Represented on the Gridiron?

(a game won by former BC Football Head Coach Tom Coughlin,

now Head Coach of the New York Football Giants)

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When the New England Patriots and New York Giants took the field for Super Bowl XLVI, Boston College was represented by more former players and staff members than any college football program in the nation.

Six former football Eagles appeared on either the Patriots or Giants rosters: Defensive end Ron Brace ’08 and center Dan Koppen ’02 (Patriots) and cornerback Will Blackmon ’06, linebacker Mark Herzlich ’10, defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka ’05 and guard Chris Snee ’04 (Giants).

Brace, a Springfield, Mass., native was drafted in the second round (40th overall) by the Patriots in the 2009 draft. He earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team honors as a senior in 2008.

Koppen was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s premier center in college football in 2001. He was drafted in the fifth round (164th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Blackmon was drafted in the fourth round (115th overall) by the Green Bay Packers in 2006. The Providence, R.I., native, was a wide receiver, cornerback and return man for BC from 2002-05.

Herzlich signed a free-agent rookie contact with the Giants in July 2011.

A Wayne, Pa., native, he earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors and Associated Press All-America third- team accolades as a junior linebacker in 2008.

Kiwanuka, a two-time All-America honoree and Boston College’s all-time sacks leader, was selected in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Snee was drafted in the second round (34th overall) by the Giants in 2004. Snee, a Montrose, Pa., native, earned All-America second-team honors as well as All-Big East first-team recognition as a junior in 2003.

Seven members of the New York Giants organization have BC ties. Head coach Tom Coughlin was 21-13-1 in three seasons (1991-93) as the BC head football coach.

He registered a 9-3 record in 1993 when Boston College won eight consecutive games, defeated top-ranked Notre Dame, 41-39, and beat Virginia in the Carquest Bowl.

Jack Bicknell, Jr. ’85 is the Giants’ assistant offensive line coach and served as assistant head coach and offensive line coach for Boston College for two seasons (2007-08), before becoming the assistant offensive line coach for the Giants in January 2008.

Bicknell was a three-year letterwinner on the BC offensive line.

As a senior, he received the Scanlan Award, the highest honor for a BC football player.

Jerald Ingram, the running backs coach, spent three years (1991-93) as the Eagles’ running backs coach under Coughlin.

Sean Ryan, the wide receivers coach, spent two years (2001-02) as a graduate assistant at BC.

Jerry Palmieri, New York’s strength and conditioning coach, served as director of strength and conditioning operations at BC in 1993.

Jen Conley ’05 is assistant director of community relations for the Giants.

Chris Mara, a 1979 BC graduate, is the senior vice president of player evaluation, and John Mara, Esq., a 1976 BC graduate, is the president and chief executive officer of the Giants.

The Patriots have three members of their organization who have Boston College ties.

Robert Kraft, the chairman and chief executive officer, is currently an active BC Trustee Associate and former member of the Board of Trustees.

Brian Flores ’03 is the defensive assistant coach, who earned four varsity letters from 2000-03 as a linebacker at BC.

DuJuan Daniels ’02 is an area scout and was a wide receiver for the Eagles from 1998-2001. 

Boston College Golf Names Drew Kayser Head Coach

Bill Poutre Promoted to Associate Head Coach

Be Challenged Program Benefits Area Schools

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Drew Kayser has been named head coach of the Boston College men’s and women’s golf teams, and Bill Poutre has been promoted to associate head coach.

Kayser joined The Eagles prior to the 2008 season and was responsible for technical skills training, strategic coaching, tactical planning and mental conditioning while being instrumental in overall player development.

He is a PGA of America Master Professional of Instruction, one of only four in New England, and one of 37 PGA Professionals (out of 28,000) to successfully complete Specialty Certification in Instruction.

Kayser gained PGA membership in 1998 and has held the Master Professional distinction since 2005.

He has been head golf professional at three different clubs and was most recently honored as a 2011-12 Golf Digest “Best Teacher in Massachusetts” as voted by his peers. 

Poutre turned the Hartford program around as the Hawks’ national ranking improved by more than 100 positions during his tenure.

He was named conference coach of the year twice, tabbed the 2008 Eaton Golf Pride Division I New England Coach of the Year and was a finalist for National Coach of the Year honors.

While at Long Beach State, he improved the 49ers’ national ranking by 50 spots. Poutre is regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country and has already attracted tremendous talent to BC


The “Be Challenged” Program is a community service initiative involving the men’s and women’s basketball and ice hockey programs.

It is geared towards emphasizing the importance of reading and fitness in Boston-area schools.

This program rewards students for achieving reading and fitness goals set forth by school administrators. The goals are to build mutually beneficial relationships and to promote the importance of reading and fitness in Boston-area schools.

This educationally based program was adapted to each school, grade, and classroom to fit its individual needs. Boston College provided schools with “get started” packages for each student that included bookmarks, water bottles, as well as notebooks to help track progress.

More than 1,200 students reached their goals and attended a BC home game this past winter.

Coca-Cola sponsored the program and assisted with covering the cost of the giveaways and transportation. 

Boston College Sailing Teams Continue Domination

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The 2011-12 Boston College athletics season ended with a bang as the women’s sailing team won the 2012 Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women’s National Championship on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas in June.

It was the 11th national title for the sailing program in the last five years, including the three national single- handed titles from senior Annie Haeger.

The Eagles placed fourth in the 2012 ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship, while the co-ed team finished seventh in the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship.

The women’s race was a two-day, 18-team competition for the Gerald C. Miller Trophy. The Eagles were ranked second to Georgetown coming into the competition.

BC notched 142 points, while Yale placed second with 146 points. Rhode Island placed third with 150 points.

BC was led to the Gerald C. Miller Trophy by Eagle of the Year Annie Haeger, junior Laura McKenna and junior Kelly Roy in A-division and senior Briana Provancha and freshman Beth Barnard in B-division.

After the race, Haeger earned her fourth consecutive All-America honor, while placing second in the Sailor of the Year competition.

The team race took place the following day. It was a three-day event in which BC was third going into the final day of racing. The Eagles advanced to the team race Final Four. It was the fifth straight appearance for the team in the Final Four.

Haeger earned All-America status for the second time in the week by being selected to the ICSA Coed All-America team. McKenna and junior Patrick Hession were named to the ICSA Crew All-America team. 

Boston College 2012 Varsity Club Hall of Fame

Inside Back Cover

Mark Chmura ’91 (football): A tight end for The Eagles from 1988-91, Chmura set the school record for receptions with 164, which is now third in the Eagle record books; he also stands at third with 2,046 career receiving yards. An All-Big East selection and two-time All-ECAC honoree, he also set a single-season record with 47 receptions by a tight end.

Maria Cicero ’05 (cross country/track): A four-time All-American and four-time All-Big East selection, Cicero holds the Boston College record for the 10,000m event. She is the only Eagle to lead BC in three regionals, earning All-Northeast Region three times in cross country. She also broke the 16-year-old 5,000m record by 11 seconds and now stands second in the record book.

Don Fox ’57 (hockey): A decorated player who helped The Eagles to the 1956 Frozen Four and the 1957 Beanpot Championship title, Fox earned All-East and All-New England accolades twice. He earned the Frederick Matrone Award, given to the most outstanding freshman and the Norman F. Memorial Award as a senior, given to the team MVP. He also garnered All-America honorable mentions in his final season at BC.

Antonio Granger ’98 (basketball): Granger, a forward who help lead The Eagles to two NCAA Tournaments in 1996 and 1997, led the Big East in three-point field goal percentage during the 1996-97 season. He currently ranks sixth in Eagles record books for three pointers (193) and fifth on the single-season list (78 in 1997-98). He scored in double figures in 68 career games, including 17 games with 20 or more points.

Amy LaCombe ’90 (basketball): The two-time captain is a member of the 1,000-point club at Boston College. LaCombe was named to the All-Big East second team as a junior and the third team as a senior. She graduated ranked third in points (1,147) and steals (125) in The Eagles record books. Both records are still in the top 15 today.

Mike Mamula ’94 (football): Playing linebacker for The Eagles from 1991 to 1994, Mamula is tied for the most sacks in one game (3.5) and in one season (13). He is also second in BC record books with 24 career sacks. He was named NBC’s “Player of the Game” for his 14-tackle effort, which included two sacks, in the victory over Notre Dame as a junior. He earned All-Big East honors and Big East Player of the Week accolades twice as a senior, while also capturing the Aloha Bowl MVP title for his performance, which included four sacks, one for a safety.

Marty McInnis ’91 (hockey): The left wing started strong for The Eagles, appearing in more games than any other freshman and going on to earn a silver medal at the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival. McInnis went on to finish third in team scoring as a sophomore (53 points) and second as a junior (57 points). He represented the Red, White and Blue at the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics and finished a 12-year NHL career with 170 goals and 250 assists.

Casey Schmidt ’03 (soccer): A decorated forward, Schmidt earned Big East All- Rookie honors, leading The Eagles with 11 goals. He was an NSCAA New England Regional All-America selection three times, including to the first team his sophomore season, was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and garnered All-Big East honors three straight seasons. He is currently ranked second in BC soccer history for career points (82), first in career goals (35), tied for third in single- season points (28) and tied for fourth in single-season goals (11).

Lou Tessier (track and field): Tessier, who perished serving his country in the Vietnam War in 1968, walked on to the track team and proved to be a valuable member and leader. He led The Eagles in point scoring in the spring of 1965 and tied the school records in the 50-yard indoor dash and the 100-yard dash. From the late 1970s through the early 1980s, Tessier’s teammates established the memorial Captain’s Trophy, given annually to the men’s track captains representative of the outstanding leadership and commitment that Tessier demonstrated in his captain’s role.

30-Game Starter at Defensive End for the Boston College Eagles, Jim Ramella (Class of 2009)

now Institutional Equity Sales Analyst with CitiGroup

Back Cover Page

Jim Ramella, ’09, ’10G, was originally drawn to Boston College because of its reputation of both excellent academic and athletic success. He quickly recognized upon graduation how vital his college choice was.

Boston College is the right school if you want to be a true student-athlete; however I didn’t understand how strong the BC alumni network was until I graduated,” Ramella said. “We have approximately 40 people in our Boston office, eight of whom are BC grads.”

Ramella is an institutional equity salesperson at Citigroup. During his five-year tenure at BC, he earned his undergraduate degree in finance in three and a half years and went on to complete his MBA with a concentration in accounting.

While the tools he learned on and off the field proved to help in the office, it was his Boston College degree that opened doors to the life he sought. 


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Re-posting of the 2012 Boston College Athletics Annual Report

Courtesy of Andy Hemmer (’86)

President, PR

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