Harvard University has been roiled by a controversy involving its men's soccer team. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Harvard University has been roiled by a controversy involving its men’s soccer team. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Harvard University on Thursday canceled the rest of its men’s soccer season after discovering that players have been compiling online documents rating the women’s team on physical appearance and sexual attractiveness since 2012.

Harvard president Drew Faust announced the news.

“I was deeply distressed to learn that the appalling actions of the 2012 men’s soccer team were not isolated to one year or the actions of a few individuals, but appear to have been more wide-spread across the team and have continued beyond 2012, including in the current season,” she said in a statement.

The Harvard Crimson reported last week the existence of a Google document, written in 2012 by unidentified members of the men’s team, rating freshmen women’s players on their looks and perceived sexual abilities, in graphic terms. Six of those women, who still play soccer at Harvard, wrote an op-ed in the Crimson on Saturday entitled, “Stronger Together,” that took their classmates to task.

The school launched an investigation and discovered the ratings system was not a one-time occurrence, but in fact continued into this season.

Athletic director Robert Scalise e-mailed students on Thursday informing them of the harsh discipline.

“We strongly believe that this immediate and significant action is absolutely necessary if we are to create an environment of mutual support, respect, and trust among our students and our teams,” he wrote. “As we move forward, Harvard Athletics will partner with the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and other Harvard College resources to take additional steps to further educate the members of our men’s soccer team, and all of our student-athletes, about the seriousness of these behaviors and the general standard of respect and conduct that is expected. Harvard Athletics has zero tolerance for this type of behavior.”

The Crimson are 10-3-2 and have won six straight, but they have withdrawn themselves from consideration for the Ivy League title or postseason play.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Maybe Providence coach Ed Cooley has his bulletin board material?

And perhaps the Friars also have a lot of work to do before the season gets started next month. Both thoughts figure prominently into Cooley’s sixth team at Providence College for the 2016-17 season.

With Big East media day taking place at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday, the Friars were selected ninth out of the 10 league teams in the preseason vote of the coaches. Of course, when you lose two NBA draft picks (Kris Dunn, Ben Bentil) from your roster, a rebuild is to be expected.

The Friars do have four players with starting experience returning (Kyron Cartwright, Rodney Bullock, Jalen Lindsey, Ryan Fazekas), but the Big East coaches have favored the teams with league-wide stars, and perhaps that’s the smart play for the start.

But each year in the first five seasons under Cooley, Providence has finished higher than selected by the coaches in the preseason.

Defending national champion Villanova, with preseason Player of the Year Josh Hart, is the overwhelming choice to defend its conference crown, with Xavier receiving the only other first-place vote (coaches can’t vote for their own teams). Creighton, Georgetown and Seton Hall round out the top five.

The first-team preseason All-Big East squad includes Villanova’s Hart and Kris Jenkins — who hit the shot against North Carolina to win the national title in April — Xavier guards Trevon Bluiett and Edmond Sumner, Butler forward Kelan Martin and Creighton guard Maurice Watson (a Boston University transfer).

The second team includes DePaul guard Billy Garrett Jr., Marquette center Luke Fischer, Seton Hall’s Khadeen Carrington and Angel Delgado, and Georgetown forward Isaac Copeland. Honorable mention honors were received by Creighton newcomer Marcus Foster, Georgetown’s L.J. Peak and Villanova sophomore guard Jalen Brunson. No Friar made the preseason All-Big East teams.

St. John’s freshman guard Shamorie Ponds was selected as the preseason Freshman of the Year, coming from Brooklyn’s Thomas Jefferson High School where he was a consensus four-star recruit and the New York State Player of the Year in 2015-16.

Providence will begin its quest for a school-record fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Nov. 14 against Vermont. All regular-season and postseason games will be broadcast on 103.7 WEEI-FM. PC’s only exhibition game also will be held at the Dunk, on Oct. 29 against Carleton University of Canada.

BIG EAST MEN’S PRESEASON POLL 2016-17

1. Villanova
2. Xavier
3. Creighton
4. (tie) Georgetown
4. (tie) Seton Hall
6. Butler
7. Marquette
8. St. John’s
9. Providence
10. DePaul

Blog Author: 
John Rooke

The third-ranked team in the country had far too much fire-power for Boston College Friday night.

Heisman Trophy hopeful Deshaun Watson threw for four touchdowns and was 14-of-24 for 267 yards to lead No. 3 Clemson to a 56-10 win over the Eagles Friday night at Alumni Stadium.

NCAA Football: Clemson at Boston College

Clemson Tigers wide receiver Mike Williams (7) catches a touchdown over the defense of Boston College Eagles defensive back Gabriel McClary (14) during the first quarter at Alumni Stadium. (Stew Milne/USA Today Sports)

The third-ranked team in the country had far too much fire-power for Boston College Friday night.

Heisman Trophy hopeful Deshaun Watson threw for four touchdowns and was 14-of-24 for 267 yards to lead No. 3 Clemson to a 56-10 win over the Eagles Friday night at Alumni Stadium.

The 56 points were the most ever allowed by Steve Addazio in his coaching career and came just two weeks after suffering a 49-0 shutout to Virginia Tech.

Boston College (3-3, 0-3 ACC) came out inspired for their annual Welles Crowther “Red Bandanna” game, a tribute to the 1999 graduate who was a hero during the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City.

The Eagles took a brief 3-0 lead when Clemson fumbled a punt at their 9. John Johnson recovered. The Eagles could not punch it in and had to settle for a Mike Knoll 21-yard field goal just under four minutes into the game.

But Clemson took over the first half and the rest of the game from there. The Tigers used a pair of big plays to score three touchdowns before the half. Wayne Gallman ran it in from 59 yards to give Clemson the lead for good. Later in the first quarter, Watson connected with Mike Williams for a 50-yard play. That set up a Watson-to-Williams touchdown pass of nine yards.

The Tigers wrapped up their 21-point first quarter when Jordan Leggett hauled in a 56-yard score.

Clemson added a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter when Deon Cain caught touchdown passes of 29 and 16 yards from Watson.

Boston College collected their only touchdown when fullback Bobby Wolford caught a one-yard pass from Patrick Towles with 27 seconds left in the third quarter. Clemson’s Tyshon Dye continued the scoring when he ran it in from three yards early in the fourth quarter.  Running back Tavien Feaster added to the scoring with three minutes left on a 45-yard touchdown run.

Towles completed just 11-of-22 passes for 91 yards. Towles was pulled in the midway through the fourth for Darius Wade. The BC backup threw a pick-6 to Mark Fields, who returned it 42 yards for a score with two minutes left for the final score.  Watson was pulled by Clemson coach Dabo Swinney midway through the fourth quarter.

The Eagles lost their 11th straight ACC game, dating back to a 28-7 win over Syracuse on Nov. 29, 2014. After a bye next weekend, the Eagles will have another chance to end the ACC skid at home on Oct. 22 when they play Syracuse again.

 

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
Clayton Keller was one of four BU players selected in the first round of this year's NHL draft. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

Clayton Keller was one of four BU players selected in the first round of this year’s NHL draft. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox are back in the playoffs and Tom Brady is back on the field, but I think I speak for all Boston sports fans when I say that the return we’re most excited about is that of college hockey. No? Whatever. Here’s a Hockey East season preview, power rankings style.

1. Boston University
Before we get into the reasons to be excited about this BU team, it’s worth pointing out that the Terriers actually do lose a lot from last season, including three of their top four forwards and top defenseman Matt Grzelcyk. They lost 53.1 percent of their points, which is the second-highest mark in the league behind only Providence. Now, onto the excitement. The biggest reason so many people, including myself, are picking them to win Hockey East is that they have what is easily the best freshman class in the country. Forwards Clayton Keller (7th overall, Coyotes) and Kieffer Bellows (19th overall, Islanders) and defenseman Dante Fabbro (17th overall, Predators) were all first-round picks this past summer, defenseman Chad Krys (2nd round, Blackhawks) and forward Patrick Harper (5th round, Predators) were also drafted, and goaltender Jake Oettinger is projected to be a first- or second-round pick next summer. (By the way, those freshmen scored nine of BU’s 10 goals in a blowout exhibition win over the University of Prince Edward Island on Saturday.) Fabbro and Krys join four other drafted defensemen on a loaded blue line, with sophomore Charlie McAvoy (1st round, Bruins) and junior Brandon Hickey (3rd round, Flames) leading the way. Up front, look for sophomores Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (2nd round, Bruins) and Jordan Greenway (2nd round, Wild) to set the pace along with Keller and Bellows. The Terriers are clearly the most talented team on paper and they are rightly being considered the favorite to win the league and one of the favorites to win the national championship.

2. UMass Lowell
The River Hawks certainly don’t have the star power of BU, but Norm Bazin’s teams are never loaded with stars and yet they’ve finished in the top four in each of his four seasons behind the bench. With a strong core of returning players, there’s little reason to think anything will change this year. They bring back all six starting defensemen from a unit that was already very good last year, with seniors Dylan Zink and Michael Kapla leading the way and chipping in on offense as well. Up front, the losses of Adam Chapie and A.J. White could hurt, but their top two scorers — junior C.J. Smith and senior Joe Gambardella — are both back. The biggest question will be in goal, where the River Hawks lose Kevin Boyle and his excellent .934 save percentage. But assistant coach Cam Ellsworth is part-wizard when it comes to working with goalies, and this year he’ll have two NHL draft picks at his disposal in freshmen Garrett Metcalf (6th round, Ducks) and Tyler Wall (6th round, Rangers). Sure, this could be the year Lowell doesn’t figure out its goaltending and the team takes a step back, but that seems unlikely.

3. Notre Dame
I’m still not entirely sure why so many Hockey East fans are so eager to get rid of a high-caliber program that brings the league more TV coverage, but they’ll get their wish when the Fighting Irish depart for the Big Ten after this season. Don’t expect them to go quietly, though, because this year’s team looks like an NCAA tournament team that could potentially compete for a league title. Their strength will be on the back end, where they return Sabres draft pick Cal Petersen — whose .927 save percentage is the highest mark among returning goalies — and four starting defensemen, including offensive contributors Jordan Gross and Bobby Nardella. The Irish do lose four double-digit goal-scorers up front, but top point-getters Anders Bjork (5th round, Bruins) and Jake Evans (7th round, Canadiens) are both back, and freshmen Andrew Peeke (2nd round, Blue Jackets) and Cam Morrison (2nd round, Blackhawks) should play key roles right away.

4. Northeastern
Remember that time Northeastern overcame a 1-11-2 start to go 20-1-2 down the stretch and win its first Hockey East title since 1988? That was awesome. Now the Huskies enter the season as the defending league champs and one of the favorites. If there’s one thing we know they’ll do, it’s score. After finishing second in the league in offense last year, they bring back five of their top six scorers in seniors Zach Aston-Reese and John Stevens, juniors Nolan Stevens (5th round, Blues) and Dylan Sikura (6th round, Blackhawks), and sophomore Adam Gaudette (5th round, Canucks), while also adding freshman Matt Filipe (3rd round, Hurricanes) to the mix. There is some uncertainty behind the forwards, though. The Huskies lose four starting defensemen, and while freshmen Ryan Shea (4th round, Blackhawks) and Jeremy Davies (7th round, Devils) will help, the blue line still has to be considered a question mark. In net, sophomore Ryan Ruck was very good for part of Northeastern’s turnaround, but it needs to be noted that he did fall off a bit in the final month and finished the season with a save percentage of just .909.

5. Boston College
The good news is that the defending regular-season champs still have some high-end players at the top of their roster. Senior Ryan Fitzgerald (4th round, Bruins) and sophomore Colin White (1st round, Senators) were two of Hockey East’s top four scorers last season, senior Austin Cangelosi had a breakthrough 20-goal campaign, and defenseman Casey Fitzgerald put up 27 points as a freshman and got drafted by the Sabres in the third round this summer. The bad news is that the Eagles lost seven other high-end players to early departures, including four of their top eight scorers, their top two defensemen and star goalie Thatcher Demko. They bring in a whopping 13 freshmen to help overcome those losses, but while the class is good, it’s not nearly as loaded as previous BC classes that were filled with first- and second-round picks. Joe Woll (3rd round, Maple Leafs) should be a solid replacement for Demko, but only two other members of this class — forwards Graham McPhee (5th round, Oilers) and David Cotton (6th round, Hurricanes) — have even been drafted. It would be foolish to ever dismiss a Jerry York-coached team, but this year’s BC squad may have a tough time competing for the league title.

6. Providence
Nate Leaman is another coach who’s so good that his teams should never be counted out. That said, the Friars return just 40 percent of their scoring from last season, the lowest percentage in the league. Their top four forwards from last year all graduated, as did two of their top four defensemen. On top of that, goalie Nick Ellis, who led the league in save percentage last year, left early to sign with the Oilers. There are still some returning players to be excited about, though, headlined by junior defenseman Jake Walman. The Blues draft pick was arguably the best defenseman in college hockey last year before suffering a season-ending injury in mid-February, and he’ll enter this season as a clear Hobey Baker candidate. Junior Brian Pinho (6th round, Capitals) and sophomore Erik Foley (3rd round, Jets) will lead the effort up front, and sophomore goalie Hayden Hawkey (6th round, Canadiens) will take over the starting job after posting a .940 save percentage in limited minutes last year. The Friars also bring in a pretty strong freshman class, led by forwards Kasper Bjorkvist (2nd round, Penguins) and Brandon Duhaime (4th round, Wild), as well as Penn State transfer Scott Conway, who led the BCHL in scoring last year.

7. UConn
There’s definitely some talent here, led by an impressive sophomore class that features forwards Maxim Letunov (2nd round, originally Blues, now Sharks) and Tage Thompson (1st round, Blues) — who put up 40 and 32 points, respectively, as freshmen — and defensemen Joseph Masonius (6th round, Penguins) and Miles Gendron (3rd round, Senators). The Huskies also add freshman goalie Adam Huska, a Rangers seventh-round pick who was the USHL Goaltender of the Year last season. He’ll be expected to push, and maybe even beat out, senior Rob Nichols, who was basically a league-average goalie last season after slipping a little off his sophomore pace. Once you get past the NHL picks, though, depth still looks like an issue for the Huskies, as only two other returning players had double-digits points last season. They’ll also have to find a way to be a much better possession team, as their 44.6 Corsi-for percentage was the third-worst mark in the league last year.

8. Merrimack
The Warriors are in some ways an inverse of UConn. They’ve been a much better possession team (they had a 52.8 Corsi-for percentage last year), but they don’t have the top-end talent that can make the difference in a close game. Junior Brett Seney (6th round, Devils) and senior Hampus Gustafsson led the team with 26 points apiece last year, and they’ll make for a solid top two centers this year. But the Warriors lost their next three highest-scoring forwards, including their only double-digit goal-scorer, to graduation, and no other returning forward had more than six goals or 13 points. As has generally been the case for Merrimack over the last few years, it’s hard to see where its goals are going to come from. On a positive note, the Warriors’ defense and goaltending should keep them in a lot of games. They return all six starting defensemen from a team that gave up the second-fewest shots per game in the league, and sophomore goalie Drew Vogler, who ran with the starting job down the stretch, is also back after posting a .926 save percentage in 16 games.

9. Vermont
The Catamounts are another positive possession team (53.2 Corsi-for percentage) that struggled mightily to finish their chances last year, as they averaged just 2.15 goals per game, the second-lowest mark in the league. There are reasons to think that number will go up this year, though. Seniors Mario Puskarich and Brady Shaw were the team’s top two shot-takers last season, and they both have a 19-goal season in their past, but they shot just 5.7 and 3.9 percent, respectively, last year and combined for just 14 goals. There’s about a 99 percent chance their shooting percentages will rise, which means their goal totals will too. In addition, the Catamounts add a talented freshman forward in Ross Colton, a fourth-round pick of the Lightning. On the back end, the Catamounts lost their top two defensemen — Alexx Privitera and Yvan Pattyn — to graduation and No. 1 goalie Packy Munson to a transfer to Denver, so there are plenty of question marks there, too. Freshman Jake Massie (6th round, Blackhawks) should help on the blue line. In net, senior Mike Santaguida will look to regain his sophomore form after seeing his save percentage drop from .923 to .913 last year.

10. New Hampshire
Let’s start with the positives. Senior forward Tyler Kelleher is back after ranking second in the league with 1.24 points per game last year, and senior defenseman Matias Cleland, who put up 28 points last season, is one of the more underrated blue-liners in the league. And… that’s about it. Also, it’s a safe bet that Kelleher’s point total will drop after losing linemate Andrew Poturalski, the league’s top scorer, to the Hurricanes. The Wildcats are a bad possession team (44.0 Corsi-for percentage last year), they don’t have much scoring depth, their defense wasn’t very good, goalie Daniel Tirone had his save percentage drop from .924 in half a season as a freshman to .907 as a sophomore, and the freshman class looks underwhelming on paper. The Wildcats should still be better than Maine and UMass, but it really wouldn’t be a surprise if they finished last, which is something we’re certainly not used to saying about a Dick Umile team.

11. Maine
If there’s a reason for optimism for Maine fans, it’s that this year’s freshman class looks promising. It features three NHL draft picks in forwards Chase Pearson (5th round, Red Wings) and Patrick Shea (7th round, Panthers) and defenseman Patrick Holway (6th round, Red Wings). The Black Bears will need those guys to get up to speed quickly because they return the fewest goals and points in the league after ranking last in offense last year, and they also lost top defenseman Dan Renouf to the Red Wings (side note: the Wings really seem to have a thing for Maine players). Goaltending is also a question mark, as senior Matt Morris and sophomore Rob McGovern both fell off a cliff in the second half after getting off to good starts.

12. UMass
New coach Greg Carvel will undoubtedly be an upgrade over John Micheletto, but expectations for Year 1 should be tempered. The Minutemen were bad in every area other than the power play last year and finished the season on an embarrassing 2-21-0 slide. They lose their top two goal-scorers from a year ago, goaltending is still a major question mark, and Carvel could only do so much over the spring and summer to fill out the lackluster recruiting class Micheletto left behind. Carvel is a good coach, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the Minutemen move up a spot or two because of that, but he’s not a miracle worker.

Blog Author: 
Scott McLaughlin

PROVIDENCE — Ed Cooley’s sixth team at Providence College may be less experienced than the past couple of editions, but the schedule won’t be affording these young Friars many breaks.

The Big East Conference on Tuesday announced the complete league schedule for 2016-17, featuring 18 games (9 home, 9 away) in a round-robin format with each of the Big East’s 10 teams.

PC’s Big East slate will launch on Dec. 28 in Cincinnati at 7 p.m. against Xavier.

Nine home games at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center will begin the next week on Jan. 4, as Georgetown will visit. But before PC gets the home confines of the Dunk,
the young Friars will have to open with two games on the road — following the opening league game at Xavier will be a trip to Indianapolis to face Butler on New Year’s Day in a 3 p.m. tip.

The Friars lose two-time Big East Player of the Year Kris Dunn (now with the Timberwolves) and first-team all-Big East forward Ben Bentil (second-round pick of the Celtics) from last year’s 24-11
team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Providence defeated USC in the opening round before falling to eventual national runner-up North Carolina in the next game. PC also loses guard Junior Lomomba from last year’s team, as the graduate transfer will play this season at Western Kentucky.

Two starters (and a third part-time starter) return in Rodney Bullock, Jalen Lindsey and Kyron Cartwright. Four freshmen and six first-year players overall are expected to see playing time this season. Season practices will begin next month, with the opening game Nov. 14 at the Dunk against Vermont.

Two games of note for this year as opposed to recent seasons. One, instead of the New Year’s Eve Marathon, the Big East is moving its wall-to-wall coverage of games (all 10 teams, five games back-to-back) to MLK Day on Jan. 16. Providence will play the nightcap at Georgetown for the MLK Day Marathon. And two, the Big East opener at Xavier on Dec. 28 (rather than on New Year’s Eve) is a change from previous seasons under the Big East 2.0, since the league reconfigured prior to the 2013-14 season.

PROVIDENCE 2016-17 SCHEDULE
(Big East games in bold)

Nov. 14, vs. Vermont, 7 p.m.
Nov. 17, at Ohio State, 7 p.m.
Nov. 19, vs. Grambling, noon
Nov. 21, vs. St. Francis (Brooklyn), 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 25, vs. Memphis, at Destin, Fla., 9:30 p.m.
Nov. 26, vs. Iowa/Virginia, at Destin, Fla., 4/7 p.m.
Nov. 30, vs. New Hampshire, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 3, vs. Rhode Island, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 6, vs. Brown, 7 p.m.
Dec. 10, vs. UMass, noon
Dec. 17, vs. Wagner, noon
Dec. 20, vs. Maine, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 23, at Boston College, 4 p.m.
Dec. 28, at Xavier, 7 p.m.
Jan. 1, at Butler, 3 p.m.
Jan. 4, vs. Georgetown, 7 p.m.
Jan. 7, vs. Creighton, 2 p.m.
Jan. 10, at DePaul, 9 p.m.
Jan. 14, vs. Seton Hall, noon
Jan. 16, at Georgetown, 9 p.m.
Jan. 21, at Villanova, noon
Jan 25, vs. St. John’s, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 28, at Marquette, 2 p.m.
Feb. 1, vs. Villanova, 7 p.m.
Feb. 8, at Seton Hall, 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 11, vs. Butler, 4 p.m.
Feb. 15, vs. Xavier, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 22, at Creighton, 8 p.m.
Feb. 25, vs. Marquette, 4 p.m.
Feb. 28, vs. DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
March 4, at St. John’s, noon
March 8-11, Big East Tournament, at New York

Blog Author: 
John Rooke

PROVIDENCE — Ed Cooley’s sixth team at Providence College may be less experienced than the past couple of editions, but the schedule won’t be affording these young Friars many breaks.

The Big East Conference on Tuesday announced the complete league schedule for 2016-17, featuring 18 games (9 home, 9 away) in a round-robin format with each of the Big East’s 10 teams.

PC’s Big East slate will launch on Dec. 28 in Cincinnati at 7 p.m. against Xavier.

Nine home games at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center will begin the next week on Jan. 4, as Georgetown will visit. But before PC gets the home confines of the Dunk,
the young Friars will have to open with two games on the road — following the opening league game at Xavier will be a trip to Indianapolis to face Butler on New Year’s Day in a 3 p.m. tip.

The Friars lose two-time Big East Player of the Year Kris Dunn (now with the Timberwolves) and first-team all-Big East forward Ben Bentil (second-round pick of the Celtics) from last year’s 24-11
team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Providence defeated USC in the opening round before falling to eventual national runner-up North Carolina in the next game. PC also loses guard Junior Lomomba from last year’s team, as the graduate transfer will play this season at Western Kentucky.

Two starters (and a third part-time starter) return in Rodney Bullock, Jalen Lindsey and Kyron Cartwright. Four freshmen and six first-year players overall are expected to see playing time this season. Season practices will begin next month, with the opening game Nov. 14 at the Dunk against Vermont.

Two games of note for this year as opposed to recent seasons. One, instead of the New Year’s Eve Marathon, the Big East is moving its wall-to-wall coverage of games (all 10 teams, five games back-to-back) to MLK Day on Jan. 16. Providence will play the nightcap at Georgetown for the MLK Day Marathon. And two, the Big East opener at Xavier on Dec. 28 (rather than on New Year’s Eve) is a change from previous seasons under the Big East 2.0, since the league reconfigured prior to the 2013-14 season.

PROVIDENCE 2016-17 SCHEDULE
(Big East games in bold)

Nov. 14, vs. Vermont, 7 p.m.
Nov. 17, at Ohio State, 7 p.m.
Nov. 19, vs. Grambling, noon
Nov. 21, vs. St. Francis (Brooklyn), 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 25, vs. Memphis, at Destin, Fla., 9:30 p.m.
Nov. 26, vs. Iowa/Virginia, at Destin, Fla., 4/7 p.m.
Nov. 30, vs. New Hampshire, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 3, vs. Rhode Island, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 6, vs. Brown, 7 p.m.
Dec. 10, vs. UMass, noon
Dec. 17, vs. Wagner, noon
Dec. 20, vs. Maine, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 23, at Boston College, 4 p.m.
Dec. 28, at Xavier, 7 p.m.
Jan. 1, at Butler, 3 p.m.
Jan. 4, vs. Georgetown, 7 p.m.
Jan. 7, vs. Creighton, 2 p.m.
Jan. 10, at DePaul, 9 p.m.
Jan. 14, vs. Seton Hall, noon
Jan. 16, at Georgetown, 9 p.m.
Jan. 21, at Villanova, noon
Jan 25, vs. St. John’s, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 28, at Marquette, 2 p.m.
Feb. 1, vs. Villanova, 7 p.m.
Feb. 8, at Seton Hall, 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 11, vs. Butler, 4 p.m.
Feb. 15, vs. Xavier, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 22, at Creighton, 8 p.m.
Feb. 25, vs. Marquette, 4 p.m.
Feb. 28, vs. DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
March 4, at St. John’s, noon
March 8-11, Big East Tournament, at New York

Blog Author: 
John Rooke

Patrick Towles threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jeff Smith in the second quarter and the defense allowed just 122 yards on the day in a 26-7 Boston College win over UMass at Gillette Stadium Saturday afternoon.

NCAA Football: Boston College vs Massachusetts

Boston College’s defense had UMass quarterback Ross Comis under wraps all day at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Patrick Towles threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jeff Smith in the second quarter and the defense allowed just 122 yards on the day in a 26-7 Boston College win over UMass at Gillette Stadium Saturday afternoon.

It was the ninth straight win for BC over UMass, dating back to a 27-0 UMass win in 1978 at Amherst. Boston College now leads the series, 21-5, a rivalry dating back to the fist meeting 1899.

Towles, the transfer from Kentucky, completed 12 of 22 passes for 191 yards for the Eagles (1-1), who bounced back from last week’s heartbreaking 17-14 loss in Ireland to Georgia Tech.

Towles also ran 12 times for 70 yards while Smith had five catches for 98 yards. Jon Hilliman ran 22 times for 63 yards and a 15-yard touchdown.

UMass (0-2), which trailed No. 25 Florida 10-7 in the fourth quarter last week, was making a return visit to Gillette Stadium, their occasional home, The Minutemen took a 7-0 lead into the second quarter on a 58-yard pass from Ross Comis to Adam Breneman in the first quarter.

Comis finished 11 of 28 for 145 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

The Eagles made a change in the kicking game, as coach Steve Addazio benched Colton Lichtenberg for Mike Knoll. Early on, it made no difference as Knoll missed his first PAT. But he converted on the second Towles-to-Smith connection to make it 13-7.

Knoll added third-quarter field goals of 40 and 37 yards to boost the Eagles lead to 19-7.

Hilliman capped off the scoring with a 15-yard run up the middle with just over four minutes left to seal Boston College’s first win since beating Northern Illinois, 17-14, on Sept. 26, 2015.

Boston College returns to ACC action next week when they play at Virginia Tech while UMass returns to their other home, taking on Florida International at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

Even a continent away, the misery continues for Boston College.