Frozen Fenway

As Boston feels the bite of Mr. Frost, many a Boston baseball fan reminisces about summer nights at Fenway Park. The folks at Fenway Park knew you would be feeling this way, so they built a giant ramp called the “Monster Sled” for visitors attending this year’s Frozen Fenway festivities running from December 28, 2013 through January 13, 2014. Frozen Fenway features high school and college-level hockey, free skates, and one “Monster Sled.”

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BC RB Andre Williams should be the best player on the field on New Year's Eve in his last college game. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

Following two awful seasons, the Boston College Eagles will make their return to postseason football on New Year’s Eve, when they take on the Arizona Wildcats in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Eagles won just six games in 2011 and ’12 combined, leading to the firing of head coach Frank Spaziani, but surpassed that total in their first season under Steve Addazio, going 7-5 and finishing fourth in the ACC’s Atlantic Division.

BC’s road struggles had the Eagles at 3-4 at the end of October, but they won all four of their November games to gain bowl eligibility. Their winning streak came to an end on the final game of the regular season, a last-minute 34-31 loss at Syracuse. The surge coincided with a tremendous stretch of play by senior running back Andre Williams that earned him a trip to New York as one of the six finalists for the Heisman Trophy, and garnered him support from former BC Eagle and current Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan:

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Josh Parris (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

Boston College, 31; Syracuse, 34

Boston College finished the regular season with a 7-5 record after a loss to Syracuse (6-6) at the Carrier Dome that ended the Eagles’ four-game winning streak. Like the previous week’s win at Maryland, this one came down to the very last play, but this time BC found itself on the losing end. The Eagles managed to stay in the game in spite of sloppy defensive play: the Orange offense racked up 480 total yards and converted 12 of 18 third down attempts.

The home team had two good chances to take the first lead, but kicker Ryan Norton missed a 30-yard field goal attempt, and on the next drive the BC defense stopped the Orange on fourth-and-goal from the two-yard line. On the Eagles’ next offensive possession, running back Andre Williams ran for a 26-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

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UMass Minutemen

#24 Massachusetts

Record: 6-0 (2nd in Atlantic 10 Conference)

The UMass Minutemen earned their first top 25 ranking in the AP poll since 1998, the last year they played in the NCAA Tournament, thanks to a hot start in which they won their first six games by an average of 10 points. The run was highlighted by a win at the Charleston Classic, where they earned a comfortable 16-point victory over then-#19 New Mexico in the semifinal before defeating Clemson 62-56 in the final on November 24.

UMass leads the Atlantic 10, and is 39th nationwide, with 83.7 points per game, led by center Cady Lalanne‘s 17.8 ppg on 64.3% field goal shooting, all of it on top of his 11.3 rebounds per contest. Point guard Chaz Williams is adding 16 points and 6.2 assists, while small forward Sampson Carter, power forward Raphiael Putney and shooting guard Derrick Gordon all average double-digit scoring as well.

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Nate Freese (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Boston College, 29; Maryland, 26

Boston College continued its second-half surge, improving to 7-4 with its second road win of the season, over Maryland (6-5) at Byrd Stadium. Although BC outgained Maryland by nearly 100 yards, the game was close throughout and came down to the very last play. The win was the Eagles’ fourth straight, further cementing their place among the Atlantic Coast Conference’s bowl teams, in the last game between these two before the Terrapins leave the ACC for the Big Ten Conference next year.

BC took the first lead with kicker Nate Freese‘s 22-yard field goal on the opening drive, but Brad Craddock tied it up for the Terps with a 43-yarder of his own. Late in the first quarter, quarterback Chase Rettig fumbled the ball, with Maryland recovering on the one-yard line. Running back Albert Reid immediately took advantage, jumping over the pile for the touchdown and a 10-3 lead.

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Andre Williams (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

North Carolina State, 21; Boston College, 38

Boston College became bowl-eligible by improving to 6-4 with a comfortable home win over N.C. State (3-7) at Alumni Stadium in which it never trailed. As has often been the case this season, the Eagles got the job done with their run game, gaining 420 rushing yards while the defense held the Wolfpack to just 35 yards on the ground.

BC took the lead with a 25-yard field goal by kicker Nate Freese, then added to that when running back Andre Williams scored on a 17-yard touchdown run, capping off a 10-play, 72-yard drive for a 10-0 edge. N.C. State got on the board in the second quarter, with a nine-yard TD pass from quarterback Pete Thomas to wide receiver Rashard Smith, but RB Myles Willis responded for the Eagles with a 19-yard score of his own. Late in the quarter, Williams lost a fumble on his own 24-yard line, but the Wolfpack couldn’t capitalize as they botched the snap on a late FG attempt, and the score remained 17-7 at halftime. Continue reading College Football Week 12 Roundup: Big Day for BC, UMass Drops a Close One »

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Boston College, 48; New Mexico State, 34

Boston College improved to 5-4 on the season with a shootout win, its first road victory of the year, over New Mexico State (1-9) at Aggie Memorial Stadium in a game that was probably closer than it should have been given the rival’s record. In the end, the Eagles overcame their usual away-game jitters thanks to a powerful run game, outgaining the Aggies 320 yards to 159 on the ground.

The home team took the first lead of the game with a 43-yard field goal by kicker Maxwell Johnson, but Nate Freese tied it up with a 51-yarder of his own, then connected from 39 yards to put the Eagles ahead. Late in the first quarter, quarterback Chase Rettig hit tight end Mike Naples for a 69-yard touchdown and a 13-3 lead, but the Aggies were not about to go away. Continue reading College Football Week 11 Roundup: BC Pulls Away Late, Moves Above .500 »

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