Crowther gets a well-earned salute
ORLANDO - The Boston College football team honored former BC lacrosse player Welles Crowther by wearing stickers of a red bandana on their helmets for last night’s game against Central Florida.
Crowther, at the time an equities trader, was killed in the South Tower of the World Trade Center in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He was known to always carry a red bandana, and on that day used it to cover his nose and mouth from smoke and debris as he showed people to safety prior to the building’s collapse.
Crowther’s sisters, Paige and Honor, were at the game as guests of BC, which lost, 30-3, to drop to 0-2 on the season. Crowther’s parents, Alison and Jefferson, will be in New York today for ceremonies on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, and the entire family will be at at Alumni Stadium on Saturday for the Eagles’ game against Duke.
“It’s been unbelievable,’’ Paige said of the Central Florida crowd, some of whom wore red bandanas. “The response has been overwhelming and hopefully we can move from remembering Welles to celebrating what he did and what so many people did. There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t think about Welles in one way or another. Each year as we approach 9-11 it just becomes more public. The outpouring of respect for Welles really helps us get through it.’’
“It’s about remembering a hero,’’ said Honor, who like Welles and Paige is a BC graduate.
Kicking himself Before most of his teammates trotted onto the field Thursday afternoon, BC kicker Nate Freese was working on his game at the far end of Alumni Stadium.
And entering last night, Freese was concentrating some more on what has always been a high-risk/high-reward job.
Freese was a little preoccupied during the week, after missing field goals of 31 and 40 yards in last week’s 24-17 loss to Northwestern.
As the 6-foot, 181-pound sophomore saw it, if he made both kicks, the Eagles would have been in position to attempt a winning field goal in the closing seconds, instead of their failed attempt at a tying touchdown. “I gave them the game,’’ he said.
Coach Frank Spaziani wasn’t as harsh in his assessment, saying breakdowns in other areas were also contributing factors. But he did acknowledge that Freese needed to refocus on his goals and regain a positive mind-set.
Freese provided BC’s only points last night with a 47-yard field goal on the Eagles’ first possession.
Jones, Spinney sidelined The Eagles lost starting cornerback C.J. Jones (leg) on the opening kickoff and then lost center Mark Spinney (leg) on the first series of the second half. Spaziani said the long-term prognosis on Jones did not look good . . . BC only managed 141 yards of total offense, with eight of 11 offensive series being three-and-out.
First night Central Florida had never beaten a team from a BCS conference at home . . . BC running back Andre Williams (59 yards on 12 carries) had entered having rushed for 100-plus yards in each of his three career starts in place of Montel Harris . . . Central Florida is off to its first 2-0 start since 1998 . . . Celtics coach Doc Rivers attended the game.
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