Boston College women’s lacrosse finished another perfect regular season with a 19-6 victory over the visiting Louisville Cardinals on Saturday in Alumni Stadium.
With the win, the Eagles moved to a perfect 17-0 on the season, completing their second consecutive undefeated regular season. BC has kept its grip on the No. 1 ranking in the NCAA all season and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. The last time BC lacrosse lost a regular season game was a defeat at the hands of Duke in April 2017, over two years ago.
They closed out the undefeated regular season with relative ease over ACC foe Louisville on Saturday afternoon. Being the final home game of the regular season, Saturday’s matchup also served as Senior Day for BC. Nine seniors, including the team’s top three leading scorers Sam Apuzzo, Kenzie Kent, and Dempsey Arsenault, were honored on the field. The class will graduate as the winningest group in the history of the program.
Arsenault led the way on Saturday, tallying seven points on six goals and one assist. She now has 68 points on the season and has scored at least one point in each of the last 43 games for the Eagles.
Senior goaltender Lauren Daly was given the nod to start in net, marking her fifth start of the season. She earned the win, keeping Louisville scoreless for nearly the entire second half.
After the Eagles got out to an early 5-1 lead, Louisville put some pressure on the top team in the nation with a few goals late in the second half, making the score 9-4 at halftime. But things were never in doubt for the Eagles. Arsenault started off the second half with a goal off the opening draw, sparking a run of 10 unanswered BC goals.
Though she was held to just one goal in the contest against Louisville, Sam Apuzzo finishes the regular season leading the Eagles in points, with 96 points on 71 goals and 25 assists through 17 games. She has paced the team in points for each of the last two seasons as well.
Despite the incredible success BC lacrosse has experienced recently, the last two years have both ended with a loss in the NCAA Championship game. The Eagles now head into the postseason looking to avenge the losses of the last two years and become national champions.
Before the NCAA tournament begins, however, BC is tasked with navigating the ACC tournament as the top seed after finishing as the conference's regular season champion. The ACC features four of the top five teams in the nation, including No. 1 BC, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Notre Dame, and No. 5 Syracuse. Boston College will play host for the tournament, scheduled for April 24, 26, and 28 in Alumni Stadium.
The first postseason game for the Eagles will be a rematch against Louisville, the No. 8 seed in the tournament. BC will look to take advantage of being at home as they move through the tournament. The first round matchup with the Cardinals will take place in Alumni this Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Should they move on, the Eagles will play the winner of Syracuse and Virginia on Friday at 5 p.m.
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