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AIC and Boston College both remain undefeated and are set to lock horns in two weeks for the ECRC conference title. BC has been impressive of late, beating NEC and blasting Fairfield, while AIC continued to win with victories over Northeastern and UMass.
BC has put up points in bunches the last couple of weeks, beating NEC 38-16 and Fairfield 95-7. The Eagles have been finding their game in route to a 6-0 start to conference play.
“We are hitting our stride at the right point of the season,” BC coach Robert Conway said after the win over NEC.
The Eagles are 31-4 during Conway’s tenure and have doubled player participation from roughly 50 players to 100 in four years, despite being limited as a club sport on campus.
“We've continued to prove we can compete at that higher level as only a club sport team. We cannot recruit, talk to HS players, offer financial aid or acceptance, offer scholarships, pay for equipment. Yet without all of these we've only lost 4 games in 4 years vs teams including varsity and full-time teams,” Conway said of his program.
One of the Varsity teams that Boston College has struggled with in recent years is AIC. The Yellow Jackets have won the conference the last two years, beating BC both years.
AIC also moved to 6-0 after a pair of wins. The Yellow Jackets beat Northeastern 37-7 and got by UMass 45-15. AIC has not been putting up their usual display of points, but the team continues to win and build around some new players.
“We are continuing to get better every week, our back line has two new centers in there, both of which were former forwards. So we are working with the backline chemistry a bit but overall we are continuing to get better every week,” said AIC coach Rob Guiry.
AIC has a bye week next week and has two weeks to prepare for Boston College. The win over UMass was a physical affair with a tough matchup in the forwards. AIC came away unscathed, learning a lot before its battle with Boston College.
“We knew that UMass would probably be the biggest challenge we have faced so far this year, and it is a great warm up for Boston College coming up at the end of the month,” Guiry added.