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March 13, 2014
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WEEKEND PREVIEW: BC AND BU READY FOR NCAA TOURNAMENT
- Eagles Visit Clarkson; Terriers Head To Minnesota -
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BC and BU have NCAA quarterfinal road games on Saturday afternoon

(6) Boston College at (3) Clarkson
Saturday March 15, 4:00pm at Cheel Arena (Potsdam, N.Y.)

All-Time Series: Boston College leads, 5-3-3
Last Meeting: Jan. 3, 2013 BC 5 at Clarkson 1
Boston College Record: 27-6-3 (18-2-1 WHEA)
Clarkson Record: 28-5-5 (16-2-4 ECAC)

The Eagles are making their fourth consecutive and sixth overall NCAA Tournament appearance (2007, 2009, 2011-13), with a record of 4-1 in NCAA Quarterfinal games. BC's 3-2 loss to BU in the WHEA Championship marked just the second time in their last 24 games that the Eagles gave up three goals, and it was also just their second loss in their last 20 games (16-2-2). This season, Boston College is 4-0-1 following a loss, outscoring opponents 20-11 in those games.

Clarkson is led by senior forward Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont.), a Patty Kazmaier Award Finalist who has 28 goals and 31 assists for 59 points in 38 games. On defense, sophomore Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont.) has 14-36--50 totals, while no other blueliner in the nation has more than 40 points this year. Senior goaltender Erica Howe (Ottawa, Ont.) has a 28-5-5 record on the year, with a 1.03 GAA, .943 save percentage and 14 shutouts.


(8) Boston University at (1) Minnesota
Saturday March 15, 5:07pm at Ridder Arena (Minneapolis, Minn.)

All-Time Series: Minnesota leads, 2-0-0
Last Meeting: March 24, 2013 BU 3 at Minnesota 6
Boston University Record: 24-12-1 (14-7-0 WHEA)
Minnesota Record: 36-1-1 (26-1-1 WCHA)

The Terriers are making their fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, and they start off with a rematch of last year's national title game, which was also played at Ridder Arena. Sophomore forward Sarah Lefort (Ormstown, Que.), the leading goal-scorer in Division I, is just three points shy of 100 for her career in just 74 games played. Lefort had three goals in last year's NCAA Tournament, while defenseman Kaleigh Fratkin (Burnaby, B.C.) had an assist in each of BU's three tournament games.

Minnesota is beginning their quest for their third-straight NCAA Championship, entering the tournament on a 24-game unbeaten streak (23-0-1). The Golden Gophers have won 36 consecutive non-conference games, with their last loss to a non-WCHA opponent coming on March 12, 2011 to Boston College in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Sophomore forward Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) is the nation's second-leading scorer, with 22 goals and 40 assists for 62 points in 38 games.

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