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College hockey notebook

BC learned from early-season hockey losses

The Eagles rebounded from a challenging early schedule to run off seven straight wins.

Boston College quarterback Darius Wade (4) carries the ball during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Connecticut at Fenway Park in Boston, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Darius Wade, E.J. Perry were steady in relief for BC

The backup QBs guided the Eagles past UConn, and now prepare for a test at Syracuse.

UMass's Luwane Pipkins throws a 3-pointer from the corner over Niagara's Kahlil Dukes in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in Amherst, Mass. (J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Luwane Pipkins — and UMass — have been surprising

The Minutemen have hardly been a disaster, winning three early games under Matt McCall.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeSouth: Noteworthy performances

Walpole’s Ryan Fogarty scored 10 of his team’s last 12 points as Wheaton rallied to beat Mt. Ida, 83-66, Nov. 18 to win the Wheaton Tip-Off Tournament.

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GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Wellesley’s Abby Furdak made six saves as Middlebury defeated Messish, 4-0, Nov. 18 to win its second national field hockey title in three years.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Lowell’s Trisha Luis works for it, on pitch and off

As she wraps up her final succesful soccer season for Southern New Hampshire University, the Lowell High School product reflects on what drives her.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Pembroke’s Valeri hits running stride at West Point

John Valeri turned in a personal best of 31:14.13 for Army West Point in the 10,000 meter course at the NCAA men’s cross-country championships.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Needham’s Ouligian rises to the occasion for Colgate soccer

Former Needham High soccer player Aram Ouligian scored with under three minutes to play to give Colgate an upset win over Michigan Nov. 19 in the NCAA Tournament.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 18: Jeff Thomas #4 of the Miami Hurricanes returns a kick during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Hard Rock Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Miami moves up to No. 2 in college football playoff rankings

Alabama remained No. 1, with Clemson slipping to three and Oklahoma holding at four.

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Steve Addazio of the Boston College Eagles after the game against the Connecticut Huskies during the second half at Fenway Park on November 18, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Eagles defeat the Huskies 39-16. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

BC’s Steve Addazio treating Syracuse game like ‘Super Bowl’

The coach is thrilled about being bowl eligible, but he is focused on the final regular-season game.

Joe Sullivan | College Basketball

Boston College missed a golden opportunity in loss to Texas Tech

Even bouncing back to beat La Salle can’t erase a missed opportunity for BC.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9230121b) Jana Novotna Reports: Jana Novotna dies of cancer at the age of 49, Wimbledon, United Kingdom - 04 Jul 1998 (FILE) - Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic thumbs up as she shows her trophy after winning the ladies' single final of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in Wimbledon, Britain, 04 July 1998 (reissued 20 November 2017). Media reports on 20 November 2017 state that Jana Novotna died at the age of 49. Novotna, who won 16 Grand Slam titles, died of cancer and was surrounded by her family when she peacefully passed away, International Womens Tennis Association (WTA) chief Steve Simon was quoted as saying.

SPORTS LOG

Former tennis star Jana Novotna dead at age 49

Novotna, who won the Wimbledon women’s title in 1998, had a long battle with cancer.

BC 82, LA SALLE 61

BC basketball continues its hot start to season

The Eagles improved to 4-1 by routing La Salle at Mohegan Sun Arena.

UCLA head coach Jim Mora walks the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Southern California, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK

UCLA fires coach Jim Mora

UCLA must pay more than $12 million to buy out the remainder of Mora’s contract.

LaVar Ball said President Trump did not have a major role in getting his son out of a Chinese jail.

Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail

The father of one of the basketball players had played down the president’s role in getting them released.

SPORTS LOG

UConn beats Maryland for NCAA field hockey title

Tournament MVP Charlotte Veitner scored both goals as the Huskies completed an undefeated season.

BC’s Chris Garrison makes a 2-yard TD reception for a 7-3 lead over UConn.

BC 39 , UCONN 16

BC blows out UConn to become bowl eligible

AJ Dillon (200 yards rushing, 2 TDs) and the Eagles (6-5) dominated play at Fenway Park.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 18: Dayall Harris #80 of the Miami Hurricanes makes a touchdown catch over Quin Blanding #3 of the Virginia Cavaliers during a game at Hard Rock Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP

UMass defense keys victory over BYU

The Minutemen earned a fourth win for the first time as an FBS school. UMass started playing FBS football in 2012.

NEW HAVEN, CT - NOVEMBER 18: Malcolm Dixon #1 of the Yale Bulldogs reacts after scoring a touchdown in the first half of a game against the Harvard Crimson at the Yale Bowl on November 18, 2017 in New H (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

YALE 24, HARVARD 3

The Game is all Yale

Harvard failed to score a TD for the second straight game in finishing the season at 5-5.

BC and Texas Tech players scramble for a loose ball.

TEXAS TECH 75, BC 64

BC basketball falls to Texas Tech

Keenan Evans scored 18 second-half points to spark the Red Raiders. He finished with 29.

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2017, file photo, Boston College defensive tackle Jack Kenny (98) and wide receiver Michael Walker (3) celebrate during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State, in Boston. Walker is among an impressive array of versatile special teams players in the Atlantic Coast Conference that tend to make life miserable for opposing coaches. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

For BC football, road has been bumpy but goal is in sight

Momentum swings have become second nature to the resilient Eagles this season.

Duke guard Grayson Allen (3) drives on Michigan State guard Joshua Langford during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Duke’s Grayson Allen is playing like an All-American

The senior guard is meshing nicely with freshman backcourt mate Trevon Duval.

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GlobeSouth: Noteworthy performances

Stonehill junior Kacie Smith of Norwood set the NCAA Division 2 field hockey mark for goals (41) in a season.

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GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Andover High grad Alyssa Casey averaged 20 points and 9.5 rebounds in her first two games as a collegian at Merrimack.

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 11: Quarterback Andrew Ford #7 of the Massachusetts Minutemen looks to pass during the first half of the game against the Maine Black Bears at Fenway Park on November 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

UMASS AT BYU | SATURDAY (3 p.m.)

UMass vs. BYU football preview

This is just the second meeting between the FBS independents.

This is an undated handout photo of Dylan Sikura (9) of the Northeastern hockey team. (Photo credit: Northeastern University Athletics)

College hockey notebook

For a change, NU hockey team gets off to fast start

Coach Jim Madigan is pleased that the Huskies (6-3-1) don’t have to dig out of a hole this season.

Yale wide receiver Reed Klubnik (14) is grabbed by teammates after scoring the winning touchdown during the second half of Yale's 21-14 win over Harvard in an NCAA football game at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Harvard gets its chance for some payback vs. Yale

The Crimson, still stinging from last year’s loss, can regain bragging rights Saturday at Yale Bowl.

Chestnut Hill, MA - 8/03/2017 - Boston College Eagles quarterback Darius Wade (4). Boston College football practice. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: BC football, LOID: 8.3.3295347988.

BC again turns the reins over to QB Darius Wade

Wade replaces the injured Anthony Brown as BC faces UConn at Fenway Park Saturday

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GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Wellesley College senior diver Maura Sticco-Ivins was honored as the NEWMAC Diver of the Week for the 18th time in her college career.

UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball is surrounded by reporters and photographers as he leaves Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles. Three UCLA basketball players–Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley–detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LiAngelo Ball, two UCLA teammates suspended indefinitely for shoplifting in China

Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China admitted to the crime and apologized on Wednesday.

BC 73, Sacred Heart 53

Deontae Hawkins sparks BC to win over Sacred Heart

The Eagles trailed almost the entire first half, then went on a 19-3 run in the second

STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 11: Josh Jacobs #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball for a first down during the second half of an NCAA football game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)

Alabama the new No. 1 in College Football playoff rankings

The Crimson Tide had been behind Georgia the first two weeks, but the Bulldogs lost Saturday.

FILE -- President Donald Trump with President Xi Jinping of China during a welcome ceremony in Beijing, Nov. 9, 2017. Trump has confirmed that he appealed to President Xi Jinping of China on behalf of three basketball players from the University of California, Los Angeles, who were arrested last week in Hangzhou, China, on suspicion of shoplifting. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Sports Log

Trump helps detained UCLA players return home

UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were allowed to fly to Los Angeles Tuesday after President Trump appealed to Chinese president Xi Jinping.

Boston College quarterback Anthony Brown (13) is helped off the field after getting injured during the first half of an NCAA college football game against North Carolina State Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Knee surgery will end the season for BC QB Anthony Brown

The freshman was injured against North Carolina State and now will give way to Darius Wade.

Chestnut Hill, MA - 11/03/2017 - Boston College Eagles head coach Jim Christian at Boston College basketball media day. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Unknown, Topic: 03BC basketball media day, LOID: 8.3.4206000830.

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BC got off on the right foot with a pair of victories

The competition wasn’t the stiffest, but Jim Christian’s improved Eagles took care of business.

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones yells from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

College football notebook

Butch Jones out as Tennessee’s football coach

The Volunteers started ranked in the AP poll but are still winless in the Southeastern Conference.

Vermont's Drew Urquhart, left, commits a charging foul against Kentucky's Nick Richards during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

College basketball roundup

Kentucky escapes Vermont’s upset bid

The visiting Catamounts missed two 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds.

Boston-11/11/17-Maine vs Umass at Fenway Park- Umass qb Andrew Ford throws a long 1st qtr pass. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

UMASS 44, MAINE 31

UMass finally shakes Maine to get Fenway Park win

QB Andrew Ford (four TD passes) returned to lead the Minutemen past the Black Bears.

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) drops back to pass against Mississippi State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

COLLEGE ROUNDUP

No. 1 Alabama escapes upset; Auburn routs No. 2 Georgia

Last-minute TD pass rallied the Crimson Tide over Miss. State but Georgia’s loss will shake up playoff rankings.

Boston-11/11/17- BC vs NC State- BC qb Anthony Brown grimaces in pain as he is tended to after being injured in the 2nd qtr and left the game. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

N.C. STATE 17, BC 14

Botched field goal costly as BC falls to N.C. State

The Eagles lost QB Anthony Brown to a knee injury, then couldn’t get off a tying field goal.

PENN 23, HARVARD 6

Harvard humbled by Penn in its home finale

The Crimson gave up a 77-yard TD run on the first play from scrimmage as their Ivy title hopes end.

Boston-11/10/17- Brown vs Dartmouth at Fenway Park- Fans cheer on from the bleachers as Dartmouth takes the field. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

DARTMOUTH 33, BROWN 10

Dartmouth tops Brown in Ivy League battle at Fenway

Quarterback Jack Heneghan was 21 of 31 for 263 yards in the victory.

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - OCTOBER 07: Anthony Brown #13 of the Boston College Eagles scrambles with the football during the first half against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Alumni Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

julian benbow

Players-only meeting was a turning point for BC football

A clear-the-air session in October got the priorities in order and sent the Eagles on a roll.

CAMPUS ANGLE

On to career, Leahy grateful for soccer’s boost

Newburyport’s Aly Leahy helped Union College to an 8-5-3 record to close out her collegiate soccer career.

Boston Ma 11/04/17 Boston University Bobo Carpenter skates with the puck with defensive pressure from Northeastern University Matt Filipe during first period action at Agganis Arena. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic reporter: Frank Dell'Apa

College hockey notebook

BU hopes to even the score in rematch with Northeastern

Great expectations for the Terriers in the preseason have given way to a 4-5-1 start.

Football returned to Fenway two years ago when Boston College played Notre Dame.

Your guide to football at Fenway Park

Three college and three high school games will be played over the next two weeks at the fabled ballpark.

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GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Bedford fencer Jane Carter earned gold and silver medals at the Veteran World Championships in Slovenia.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Tasker values hard work on, off Tufts soccer pitch

The Sudbury resident tarted all 18 regular season games for defending Division 3 national soccer champion Tufts.

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GlobeSouth: Noteworthy performances

Marshfield’s Jacob Maher leads the Bridgewater State football team in touchdown catches and receiving yards per game.

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GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

North Reading’s Kat Hassapis, a freshman goalkeeper at Bentley University, was selected to the Northeast 10 Women’s Soccer All-Rookie team.