No. 5 Boston College women’s lacrosse fell to UMass Amherst 15–11 in the team’s season opener on Saturday afternoon on the road, marking the team’s first loss in a season opener since 2008.
Seven different Eagles scored in the loss, with Charlotte North tallying three goals in her debut for BC. North played her first two collegiate seasons at Duke. Jordan Lappin and Jenn Medjid followed with two goals apiece.
On the defensive end, Rachel Hall, also making her debut for the Eagles after a season at Oregon, made nine saves against the Minutewomen’s 24 shots on goal.
The Eagles struck first after a little over three minutes into the first half on an unassisted Charlotte North goal—her first in maroon and gold. UMass answered less than two minutes later to make the score 1–1, starting a back and forth first half.
Although the Eagles were down 6–4 at the end of the first, the team looked strong and cohesive as five different women tallied points for BC. North scored her second goal about seven minutes in, with Annie Walsh and Jordan Lappin each scoring as well.
The beginning of the second half proved more troublesome for the Eagles. Despite BC striking first in the half, UMass went on to score three goals in a little over two minutes to take what would appear to be a commanding 9–5 lead.
BC responded by scoring five straight goals to put them ahead 10–9 with 12:58 to play. Medjid, Lappin, and North scored the first three, followed by a goal apiece for Paisley Eagan and Cara Urbank. Eagan’s goal marked the freshman’s first in her first career appearance for the Eagles.
This ignited a fire in the Minutewomen as they went on to score six goals—five of which would go unanswered—to bring the game to its final 15–11 score. Medjid scored again towards the end of the game, but it would not be enough to put the Eagles in the realm of a win.
BC will look to get into a groove when they face their Commonwealth Ave. foe, the BU Terriers, away on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m.
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