Not sure what to do with yourself now that the basketball and hockey seasons are over (or almost over) on the Heights? Feeling separation withdrawal from Eagle athletics? Feeling bummed because you don’t know how to spend your weekend afternoons? Have no fear! Boston College women’s lacrosse is the answer to all of your sports cravings.
The undefeated Eagles are off to their best start in team history, having rattled off nine straight wins to begin the season. Their perfect record has been rewarded in the standings—the most recent NCAA polls have BC ranked third in the country.
The success of the 2015 edition of BC women’s lacrosse can be attributed in large part to the team's penchant for finding the back of the net. The Eagles have averaged over 14 goals per game—the 13th highest mark in the country. The high-powered attack has been spearheaded by seniors Covie Stanwick and Mikaela Rix, who both stand near the top of the national scoring list.
The Eagles faced their largest test of the year this past Saturday, when they traveled to Chapel Hill to take on the No. 2 UNC Tar Heels in a huge conference clash. After a back and forth game that saw it all, Boston College was able to come up with a pivotal 10-9 overtime victory. Mikaela Rix put in the game winner, and goaltender Zoe Ochoa made an outstanding last-second save to seal the deal, keeping BC undefeated and atop the ACC. While the win was obviously important in the standings, the road victory over the highly-ranked Tar Heels also legitimized the Eagles as a true contender for the national title.
The team has spent much of its time on the road this season—six of its first nine games have been away from its Newton Campus home field. However, the Eagles get to enjoy the comfort of Chestnut Hill for the next few weeks, as each of their next five contests take place at home. Included in the upcoming homestand are matchups against No. 4 Duke and cross-town rival Harvard.
How the Eagles fare in the next few weeks will go a long way in determining their postseason chances. Perhaps more importantly, however, the next few weeks will determine the special significance this season has begun to take on. As BC continues its rare march towards perfection, each game will be more intense, each opponent will be more motivated, and each victory will be increasingly important.
This once-in-a-generation team has the potential to put together a truly special season, and it deserves our support. Taking the bus to Newton is not always fun, but fans who make the trek will be more than rewarded.Whether or not you know how many players are on each team, how long the quarters are, or why the nets are so darn small, it does not matter. Regardless of your individual knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, attending a BC women’s lacrosse game should be at the top of every Superfan’s to-do list this spring.
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