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Weekly Roundup: Men’s tennis wins third straight in sweep of Sacred Heart

In a victory that created its first winning streak of the season, the Boston University men’s tennis team swept Sacred Heart University, 7-0, in Fairfield, Conn., on Saturday. The win was BU’s second sweep in three wins this season.

With the win, BU (3-11) has gotten on a bit of a hot streak after starting 0-10, as it has won three of its last four meets.

Seniors Michael Kopelman and Regis Chang, as well as junior Josh Friedman each won super tiebreakers to take their matchups. Junior Alex Hallenbeck won by the widest margin from his matchup at No. 6 singles for BU, as he took back-to-back sets at 6-2, 6-0 from sophomore Luka Bagi.

In doubles, the combination of Friedman and sophomore Jesse Frieder, as well as the combination of Kopelman and freshman Emilio Teran, won their matches 8-4.

The men’s team plays again in Flushing, N.Y., against St. John’s University on Friday.

While the men’s team experienced success over the weekend, the women’s tennis team could not emerge with a win, as it was swept by No. 47 Syracuse University, 7-0, on Sunday.

BU (5-8) has struggled lately, losing eight of its last nine meets after beginning the season 4-0.

The only matchup BU won on the day was the No. 2 doubles pair of junior Vivien Laszloffy and senior Petra Santini, who beat the Syracuse combination of sophomore Aleah Morrow and freshman Amanda Rodgers, 9-7.

The closest Terrier to a win in singles was Laszloffy, who lost in a tiebreaker 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 to Syracuse senior Emily Harman. All other Terriers were beaten in straight sets.

The women’s team will face Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., on Saturday.


Women’s Lacrosse


The America East Conference announced junior attack Danielle Etrasco as its Player of the Week on Monday.

Etrasco, the reigning America East Player of the Year, tallied eight points during BU’s wins over Yale University last Wednesday and the University of Vermont on Saturday. She also had two ground balls, controlled 13 draws and caused one turnover during the two games.

Etrasco scored five goals during BU’s 16-15 win over Vermont, inlcuding four during the second half.


Men’s Hockey


Two members of the Boston University men’s hockey team took home accolades from the New England Hockey Writers Association on Tuesday.

Sophomore defenseman Adam Clendening, who was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star and had 33 points this season, was named a Division I All-Star. He was one of two sophomores named to the Division I All-Star team. During the 2011-12 season, Clendening was eighth in the nation for points per game by a defenseman with 0.87.

Senior captain Chris Connolly took home the region’s Best Defensive Forward honor. The Duluth, Minn., native was the first two-year captain since Jack O’Callahan and tallied a career-high 40 points during his senior season. Connolly was named a Hockey East Second Team All-Star and also took home the award for being the league’s Best Defensive Forward.


Women’s Hockey


The BU women’s hockey team also garnered awards from the New England Hockey Writers Association on Tuesday.

Senior captain Jenn Wakefield and senior defenseman Kasey Boucher were both named to the New England Women’s Division I All-Star team.

Wakefield, who was named to theeam for the second straight year, led Hockey East in points during an impressive senior season with the Terriers. Wakefield became the first Hockey East player to score more than 100 career goals and earned her 200th career point during the Hockey East Tournament.

Boucher received the award for the first time after being named the Hockey East Best Defenseman and being named a Hockey East FirsttTeam All-Star. Boucher had a career-high 16 points during her senior campaign and led BU with a plus-18 rating. She finished her four-year career with BU having played the most games in the program’s history with 147.


Women’s Rowing


The Boston University women’s rowing team earned its first Council Cup victory over Northeastern University since 2005 en route to placing third in the Beanpot Regatta on the Charles River Saturday morning.

The Terriers’ top squad took second in the Varsity Eight race at 6:32.1 – 6.2 seconds ahead of the Huskies – and reclaimed the Council Cup. The second-place finish stood behind Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, which took the Allen-DeWolfe Trophy over BU. Senior Cheryl Copson stroked while classmate Kayla Rivers coxed in the second-place finish.

The subsequent races did not end as well as the first varsity eight, as BU finished third in each of the following three races. Radcliffe and Northeastern bested the Terriers in the Second Varsity Eight, while Boston College and Northeastern topped BU in the Third Varsity Eight race. Radcliffe and Northeastern again edged out the Terriers in the Varsity Four race.

Radcliffe won the overall Beanpot by a wide margin, as its 50-point total beat second-place Northeastern by 12 points. BU totaled 31 points to take third place, while BC placed fourth with 24 points. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology struggled to keep up with the other schools, finishing last with only 15 points.

BU will race again on Saturday when it travels to Syracuse, N.Y., to participate in the Kittel Cup with Syracuse University, Cornell University and Rutgers University.

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