Syracuse Dominated by Boston College in Season-Opening Loss
By Eric Moon
CitrusTV Women’s Ice Hockey Reporter
CHESTNUT HILL, MA — Last season, Syracuse nearly beat Boston College in Syracuse, but a two goal comeback gave BC a 4-3 win.
Saturday afternoon in Chestnut Hill, Boston College won again. This time though, the Eagles made it look much easier.
No. 6 BC gave little opportunity for the Orange to control the game, resulting in game one for SU going into the loss column by the score of 5-1.
Boston College thoroughly dominated Syracuse, outshooting the Orange 32-23 and keeping the puck in the SU end of the rink for most of the game.
Eight players recorded a point for BC, and four of those players managed multiple points. Makenna Newkirk and Lindsay Agnew led the team with three points each (one goal, two assists for both).
The Orange did get some quality scoring chances throughout the game, but Boston College Goalie Maddy McArthur was there to answer nearly every shot she faced.
Syracuse’s only goal came from Senior Brooke Avery, the Orange’s leading goal-scorer last season. It was an easy tap-in for Avery after a perfect pass from the right circle by Freshman Abby Moloughney on the power play.
Despite the loss, the Orange improved their discipline after taking six penalties in last week’s exhibition. Syracuse took four penalties and gave Boston College three power play opportunities. The Eagles were 1-for-3 on the man advantage.
Syracuse is now 0-3-1 in their last four season openers. SU’s last season opening win came against Colgate, a 2-1 victory to open the 2014-15 season.
Next week, Syracuse begins the home schedule and conference play at home against Mercyhurst on Friday night at 7pm. The Orange and Lakers will wrap up their weekend series with a Saturday afternoon tilt at 3pm.
Last season, Mercyhurst won three of the four meetings between the two schools. Syracuse’s lone win was a 4-1 victory at home.
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