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Eagles Roll into ACC Semifinals with Win over Louisville

Lacrosse dominated the Louisville Cardinals in a 19-6 win in the ACC quarterfinals Thursday, sending them onto the semis with ease.

The Eagles were led by Sam Apuzzo, who set a program record with 17 draw controls, 12 in the first half. Apuzzo coupled this with three goals to lead the charge for BC. Senior Kaileen Hart added four of her own, while Tess Chandler and Dempsey Arsenault also contributed three. Apuzzo’s third goal of the night was her 71st of the season, which ties her for second in the nation.

BC got out to a hot start, scoring four goals in the first three minutes of play, two of which were scored by Hart. They continued that hot start, leading the Cardinals 14-5 by the end of the first half. A defense-oriented second half capped off the game at 19-6..

Louisville’s Tessa Chad scored six and a half minutes into the game to put the Cardinals on the board, but that was the closest the game would get. The Eagles went on to score the next four, then went on a 10-4 run to close out the half.

The second half was more of the same as BC continued to control the play. The Eagles were able to score another five goals, capped off by Apuzzo’s third of the day, and only allowed a single score in the half.  

Goalkeeper Lauren Daly made six saves in the contest before leaving the netminding up to freshman Abby Ngai for the final five minutes once the game was well in hand.

Boston College improves to a perfect 18-0 on the season to set a program record for wins in a season. This record is good for No. 2 in the nation, and the top seed in the ACC Tournament.

The Eagles will look to ride their momentum as they advance to play Notre Dame in the semifinals at 5 PM on Friday. BC won the teams' only meeting this year 13-11 in South Bend.

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