The Boston College women’s lacrosse team took down a persistent Notre Dame squad at home on Wednesday afternoon, with Kenzie Kent’s six points leading the Eagles to a 13-9 win. With this victory over fifth-ranked Notre Dame, it marks the BC women’s eighth win over a ranked opponent so far this season.
Unlike most BC lacrosse games, it took some time for the Eagles’ offense to find the net. After the Eagles won the opening draw, both teams’ defenses were strong and did not allow many good looks at either net. Notre Dame had the best chance early on, ripping a shot just wide of the net.
Notre Dame finally tallied the first goal of the game after nearly nine minutes in. That goal seemed to wake the Eagles up. Just two minutes later, BC defender Brooke Troy tied the game up with her first goal of the season.
Not long after that, Cara Urbank would add another BC goal off a Kenzie Kent pass to give the Eagles their first lead of the game. Urbank would go on to score twice more in under the next ten minutes to earn herself a hat trick.
In addition to Troy and Urbank, Kenzie Kent, Sheila Rietano, Taylor Walker, and Sam Apuzzo would all tally goals in the first half. Walker’s goal came from a free position shot. Apuzzo, who leads the team with 68 goals this season, didn't get on the board until the 22nd minute of the game. She scored again with under a minute to go in the half. By the midway point, BC held a commanding 9-4 lead.
Notre Dame had a chance to cut BC’s lead down about halfway through the first half, but what had appeared to be a potential score was ultimately deemed a no goal. The Irish scored three more times in the last nine minutes of the half, reigniting their offense after being down 6-1.
BC’s lead from the first was enough to win them the game, despite being outscored 4-5 in the second half of the game. The Irish’s offense clearly caught their second wind, peppering BC goalie Abbey Ngai with shot after shot. Ngai would record an impressive 14 saves by the end of the match.
Like the first half, Notre Dame’s offense struck first after nearly seven minutes of strong defense from both sides. Notre Dame scored four more times throughout the second half, bringing the game to an uncomfortably close score, 11-9, with eight minutes to go.
BC was having a tough time putting up shots throughout the second, after another goal by Kent and an impressive behind the back goal from Dempsey Arsenault. Finally, with a close game on the line, Apuzzo and Rietano each came through with a goal each in the last two minutes of play. Those scores put Notre Dame away for good and proved to be enough to continue the Eagles' undefeated season.
With the win, BC rises to a perfect 13-0, while Notre Dame drops to 10-2. The Eagles will finish out their Newton Campus games on Saturday at noon when they play thirteenth-ranked Duke for Alumni Day and the annual Red Bandana Game.
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