No. 1 Boston College women’s lacrosse team defeated the Louisville Cardinals 15-4 in the first round of the ACC tournament. With the win, they advance to the ACC semifinals for the third consecutive season. The Eagles also continue their undefeated season, improving to 18-0.
BC lived up to their expectations as the top seed in the tournament, putting on a stout defensive performance. The entirety of the Eagles’ defensive unit had a great game, but a strong performance by goalkeeper Abbey Ngai was especially pivotal in keeping Louisville off the board. Ngai finished with 13 saves on 17 shots, just one shy of her career high.
BC’s offense struggled to find a grove throughout the game, but still managed to have a productive day. The Cardinals played tight defense throughout, causing the Eagles to be slightly less efficient than usual. BC ended with 20 turnovers on the day.
However, BC’s offense was relentless and controlled the ball on their side of the field for the majority of the game. Cara Urbank got the Eagles offense started, scoring the first goal of the game in the first two minutes. Urbank would go on to finish with a hat trick.
Jordan Lappin also had a big day, securing a hat trick before the end of the first half. Her final goal came during a free position opportunity as she was able to rip one past the Cardinals' goalie. Sheila Rietano assisted on Lappin’s first goal and was a major contributor in creating opportunities, finishing with two goals and two assists.
For the second game in a row, Louisville managed to limit the impact BC star Sam Apuzzo had on the field. But even with the Cardinals consistently playing tight defense around her, Apuzzo still contributed a goal and an assist.
In the second half, the Eagles slowed down a little as it looked like the Cardinals might finally make the game more competitive. Louisville came out strong and scored within the first minute and a half.
After a first half shutout, Louisville managed to score four second-half goals. However, they didn’t score at all in the final six minutes of play. In fact, after the Cardinals went on a small run to make the game 11-4, the Eagles went on to score the next four goals and effectively end Louisville’s season.
For BC, they’ll go on to play Syracuse in the ACC Semifinal this Friday at 5 p.m in Alumni Stadium. The Eagles defeated Syracuse 14-12 when they played back in February.
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