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BC Women's Lacrosse Is Ready for 2019

The top-ranked Boston College women’s lacrosse team opened its season with a dominant win over crosstown rival Boston University. The win marks the beginning of yet another national title pursuit for the Eagles, following losses in the national championship in each of the last two seasons. The Eagles enter this season with high expectations after losing to James Madison University in 2018 and the University of Maryland in 2017.

Boston College sent a message to the rest of the nation’s elite teams in its opener, dominating Boston University in a 20-6 victory. Senior attacker Kenzie Kent opened the scoring just 34 seconds into the game, and the Eagles would never trail from that point forward. The Eagles jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the game’s first 8 minutes. The BC lead would balloon to nine goals before BU responded to narrow the deficit to 11-4 at the half.

The second half proved to be more of the same for Boston College. The Eagles scored nine more unanswered goals in the next 13 minutes, taking a commanding 20-4 lead before the Terriers added two late goals to make the final margin 20-6.

The Eagles had eight different goal scorers in Saturday’s game, with Kent scoring five times, Cara Urbank scoring four goals, and  Sam Apuzzo pitching in three. Dempsey Arsenault and Taylor Walker each scored twice, while Jillian Reilly and Jordan Lappin scored one apiece.

Kent finished the contest with a remarkable nine points (five goals, four assists), leading all players in that category. The Eagles’ star-studded lineup simply looked unstoppable. Kenzie Kent and Sam Apuzzo are considered to be two of the nation’s top players.

The singular goal for the Eagles this season is to take the next step and finally win the national title. If one thing is clear from the season opener, this team surely has the offensive firepower and defensive prowess to beat any team in the nation.

The Eagles will need to play with the same fire for most of this season, as they play a brutally tough ACC schedule. It includes a five-game stretch against ranked teams, opening with a road battle with No. 2 North Carolina on March 23 and followed by games against No. 16 Virginia, No. 20 Notre Dame, No. 24 Duke, and No. 14 Virginia Tech. In total, the Eagles play eleven games against teams currently ranked in the top 25, with the first of those coming on Saturday against No. 15 Syracuse.

The Eagles’ difficult schedule may be a blessing in disguise, as a strong showing in the regular season could help Boston College to secure the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament in their attempt to reach a third consecutive national title game. If the season opener is any indication, this Boston College team could reach new heights this season, with a roster talented enough to finally take home the national title after coming up short in two consecutive seasons.

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