Halfway through the spring season, Boston College Lacrosse is ranked third in the nation behind Syracuse (No. 2) and North Carolina (No. 1). After winning the national championship last year against Syracuse, all eyes were on the Eagles to see if their performance would continue into this season. So far, they are 11-1 with a 4-1 conference record. Their single loss came against the University of North Carolina. That was a heartbreaking 16-15 failed comeback after a questionable non-call. With only four games left before playoffs–one of which is against Syracuse, their opponent in last year’s National Championship–the Eagles have an important few weeks ahead of them.
Charlotte North, last year’s Tewaaraton award winner, has not wavered in her performance. She is second in the nation in goals per game, averaging 4.75 goals per game, and fourth in the nation in points per game with 5.75. As one of the most targeted players in the league, she faces constant double-teams but manages to score almost a third of the Eagles’ offense and takes nearly 40% of their draws. She is currently the favorite to win the Tewaaraton again this year, and she is on track to finish her college career as one of the greatest lacrosse players in NCAA history.
North isn’t alone in her efforts to push the Eagles to the top of the standings. Jenn Midjid and Belle Smith are at the top of the Eagles’ goal leaderboard, with 42 and 27 goals each. Goalie Rachel Hall has played almost 600 minutes this season, and only allowed 91 goals in her 10 games played. Acacia Walker-Weinstein, head coach of Boston College, has been instrumental in the Eagles’ winning season this year, along with assistant coaches Sam Apuzzo, Jennifer Kent, and Callahan Kent.
The Eagles have four very important games coming up before the playoffs start. First is their Holy War against Notre Dame on Saturday, then playing Harvard and Duke next week. They end the regular season against No. 2 Syracuse, who they beat in last year's championship game. Assuming they end the season as strongly as they started it, they will be placed highly in the playoffs that start in late April.