April 11, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Boston College soundly defeated MIT and Rhode Island, Sunday, along the Charles River, with a big effort at the start igniting the victory. The Engineers recovered in the novice eight as Tech's heavyweight and lightweight boats swept the top two spots.
In the varsity eight, the Eagles lightweight crew took a commanding lead at the start, before hanging on for the win. MIT's varsity heavyweights slashed BC's lead in half with 700 meters to go, but endured a boat-stopping crab. MIT's lightweight crew finished about a length back.
The novice eight offered a tremendous race to watch. The first freshmen heavyweights got a length in the opening 500 meters and steadily increased their lead throughout the tilt. The real race took place at their backs, where Boston College and MIT's lightweights battled for second. In the first 1000, MIT was out nearly a length before the Eagles reeled them back. Each move gained BC a seat or two, but the Engineers refused to break. With 250 meters to go, the Cardinal and Gray surged ahead, winning by 3/4 of a length. MIT's heavyweights posted a time of 6:41, while the lightweights earned their runner-up finish with a split of 7:01.