NEHJ: October 2014

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The New England Hockey Journal’s October issue is live, just in time for the start of the 2014-15 season! Our cover story by Andy Merritt features North Chelmsford native Jack Eichel’s road to becoming a Boston University freshman.

Merritt’s piece is the centerpiece of 27 pages of season-opening college hockey content. The college preview also includes my Hockey East feature on the state of the league through the eyes of UConn and Boston College, plus team capsules (p. 26-29). In addition, my “Original Six” column looks at top goalies to watch in Division 1 this season (p. 6).

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Eagles can’t close game, fall to Colorado State in final minute

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The Boston College Eagles had it nearly sealed, but couldn’t close the game.

Up a touchdown entering the fourth quarter, BC allowed visiting Colorado State to possess the ball for nearly nine minutes and score a field goal and a touchdown, stealing a 24-21 victory from the Eagles on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

Read my full story from Chestnut Hill here.

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Youngsters shine as BC follows upset with rout of Maine

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After last Saturday’s victory over No. 9 Southern California, the Boston College Eagles were on cloud nine.

BC struggled out of the gate against Maine, but recovered in the second half for a 40-10 victory on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium. The Eagles ran 85 offensive plays and rushed for 413 yards en route to improving to 3-1 on the season.

Read my full story from Chestnut Hill here.

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Trojans Downed: BC runs to upset of No. 9 USC

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — For the first time since 1988, the ninth-ranked Southern California Trojans (USC) came marching into Alumni Stadium on Saturday night.

There was not much optimism surrounding the host Boston College Eagles entering the night, but the locker room believed in victory. Over the next 60 minutes, that is what followed.

BC earned its first win over a top 25 opponent since Nov. 15, 2008, downing USC 37-31 to move to 2-1 on the season. The game was played in front of a jam-packed crowd of 41,632.

“It’s a great night for our team,” head coach Steve Addazio said. “We had a really hard week of practice, there were a lot of people second-guessing them but they had a real steel resolve. Our guys really dug deep on this; it was a great win.”

Read my full story on the upset victory here

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Matt Barnes gives PawSox 2-0 series lead over Syracuse

I stopped at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I. to see the PawSox in the International League Playoffs on Thursday night. Check out my Mill City Sports story, highlighting an excellent pitching performance by UConn’s own Matt Barnes.

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NEBJ: September/October 2014

The September/October issue of the New England Baseball Journal is here, featuring Pete Frates and the Ice Bucket Challenge as well as new Red Sox Yoenis Cespedes.

This issue completes our 2014 summer baseball coverage and I recapped exciting championship runs on Cape Cod and in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League:

Cape Sept-Oct
On the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox and their never-quit attitude when it mattered most (p. 22-23)

FCBL Sept-Oct
On the Worcester Bravehearts’ inaugural season – excellent in every way (p. 25-26)

Plus…

- Around the Minors, featuring a trio of locals on the Aberdeen IronBirds (p. 20)
– The emergence of Christian Vasuqez in “Red Sox Clubhouse” (p. 15)
– Updates on active New Englanders in MLB (p. 17)

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Mill City Sports College Football Preview: Eagles look to build leadership in Addazio’s second year

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I previewed the 2014 local college football season for Mill City Sports, highlighting what’s to come for Boston College and some other area programs.

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — When examining the Boston College Eagles football team entering 2014, one question seems to stand above the rest.

Who will fill the voids left by Andre Williams and Chase Rettig?

Even without the aforementioned pair of graduates who stood above the offensive charts over their careers, energy and optimism are easily found as second-year head coach Steve Addazio’s team gears up for its new season. Addazio led the team to a 7-6 record in his first year on the Heights in 2013 as the Eagles made their first bowl appearance since 2010.

The Eagles’ first challenge comes this Saturday (3 p.m., ESPN3) as they hit the highway south to take on “Battle for the Bay State” rival UMass for the first time since 2011, this time at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

Read the full story here.

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