Now that my body is no longer in shakes from the weekend (for a brief recap of my St. Patrick's Day activities, I refer you here), HOCKEY EAST CHAMPS BABY!!! Great game and incredible tournament from the guys, who took down UNH 5-2 on Saturday night (in a game that wasn't nearly that close in my opinion). Brock Bradford, the porno-named wonder, netted 6 goals in 4 tournament games, good for tournament MVP and Hockey East player of the week honors; Corey Schneider also picked up the defensive POTW award.
Great victory, the 10th in a row for what has to be the hottest team in the country right now. The Eagles will now head to Manchester on Saturday to face St. Lawrence in the first round of the NCAA tournament in a 2-3 matchup; hosts UNH and familiar NCAA tournament foe Miami-Ohio will square off in the other game at the Verizon Center. Honestly, BC should have little trouble with this bracket. I'll have more on it later in the week.
Tough loss on Saturday for the hoops team, who put up a valiant effort against an excellent Georgetown team but fell just short. Honestly, this has to be considered the best coaching season of Al Skinner's tenure at BC. Simply making the tournament was a huge accomplishment after the Sean Williams debacle, but Skinner's coaching and Jared Dudley's leadership brought the team to a 4th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and a first-round victory over a solid Texas Tech team. Bravo, guys, and best of luck to Dudley in the NBA and Sean Marshall in a pro career in Europe.
On another down note, word has it today that Brian Toal has undergone shoulder surgery, will miss all of spring practice and is about 50-50 on being able to play this season. Recovery time is 3-6 months so he'll be able to go if needed, but if the staff decides that he and BC will be better served by letting him heal up and go in 2008, they can go that route. While Toal is a special player, as deep and as talented as BC's LB corps is, we should be able to go without him; if needed, his redshirt can always be burned midseason a la Ryan Glasper last year.
I'll leave you with some of the famous BC Law Girl pictures, courtesy of Barstool Sports. I won't comment on the controversy other than to say that anyone who has a problem with this is an douche who prefers the company of men to that of women. Good night and go Eagles.