Four Seniors Register Points in Wake's 5-2 Rout of Boston College
Oct. 25, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Playing in its final regular season home game of 2008, No. 1 Wake Forest (15-0-1, 5-0-1 ACC) sent the winningest senior class in program history out in style as the Deacons defeated No. 19 Boston College (7-5-2, 3-3-0 ACC) 5-2 on Saturday evening in front of a season-high 3,979 fans at Spry Stadium.
Eight seniors played their final regular season home game at Spry Stadium. Four of the seniors scored at least one point in the game as Sam Cronin, Jamie Franks and Marcus Tracy tallied goals for the Deacs and Michael Lahoud added an assist.
With the win, the seniors improved their career record to 68-13-9. The 2009 senior class has been dominant at home, posting a 37-4-4 record at Spry Stadium. The seniors have been part of Wake Forest's current 31-game home unbeaten streak, the fourth longest in NCAA history.
Corben Bone was the offensive star of the night, scoring the eventual game-winning goal and adding a career-high three assists for a career-high five points. With the three assists, Bone became the single season assists record holder at Wake Forest. He now has 15 helpers on the year, breaking the previous record of 13 held by Austin da Luz and Ryan Solle.
Wake Forest controlled the game offensively, outshooting the Eagles 17-8, including an 8-6 advantage in shots on goal. Both teams took four corner kicks in the game.
The victory extends Wake Forest's lead in the conference to four points. The Deacons now have 16 points in league play, four ahead of Virginia and Maryland, with 12 points each.
It didn't take long for Wake Forest to get on the board as the Deacons took a 1-0 edge in the fourth minute. Cody Arnoux scored his team-leading 12th goal off assists from Corben Bone and Lahoud to give the Deacons the lead.
The Deacons extended their lead to 2-0 at the 24:27 mark. Cronin played a beautiful shot from 26 yards out that curled into the back of the net to give Wake a two-goal edge. Bone picked up his second assist of the night on the goal.
Wake's third unanswered goal of the match came in the 37th minute. Zack Schilawski played a pass to Bone, who finished from 15 yards out for his fifth goal of the season.
Boston College got on the board in the 41st minute. Mor Avi Hanan played a pass back to Alejandro Bedoya near the edge of the 18-yard box. Bedoya's shot beat Akira Fitzgerald to cut the lead to 3-1 at the half.
Wake answered Bedoya's goal 53 seconds into the second half as Franks scored his first goal of the season. Franks took a shot from 11 yards out on the left side of the box that went into the upper right side of the net to give Wake a 4-1 edge. Arnoux and Bone assisted on the goal.
The Eagles again cut the lead to two in the 54th minute. Shawn Chin found the net from 13 yards out to give BC its second goal of the night. Bedoya assisted on the play.
Wake Forest closed out the scoring in the 68th minute. A shot from Schilawski was saved by Boston College goalkeeper Chris Brown. Tracy followed up the shot with a header from in front of the net for his 11th goal of the year.
Fitzgerald recorded his 15th win of the season, making four saves in the game. For the Eagles, Brown made three saves while surrendering five goals.
The Wake Forest win evens the all-time series between the two teams at 2-2-2. The victory snapped BC's two-game winning streak over the Deacons.
Wake Forest is back in action on Saturday, November 1, as it travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. for a meeting with No. 7 North Carolina. Opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (ET) and the game will be carried live on the web on ACC Select.