On Saturday, the fifth ranked Boston College women's lacrosse team notched a much needed road win over the eighth ranked Duke Blue Devils down in Durham. Sophomore Sarah Mannelly and junior Covie Stanwick each scored five goals apiece to lead the Eagles to a 13-11 victory on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Eagles improve to 10-3, 2-3 ACC. Duke falls to 8-5, 2-3 ACC.
In a back-and-forth contest, Boston College jumped out to a 8-4 lead before Duke answered with a 4-0 run of their own to tie the game at 8-8. Mannelly's goal with :32 left in the first half gave BC a 9-8 lead at half.
BC jumped out to a 11-8 lead early in the second half. Duke would claw back into it but couldn't come all the way back as the Eagles held on for a 13-11 win. Boston College held the edge in both shots (22-17) and ground balls (13-6).
The win was a crucial one for Boston College's ACC Tournament seeding. Despite being ranked fifth in the nation this week, BC sat at just 1-3 in the ACC with three tough losses to Syracuse, North Carolina and Maryland. A loss would have sent BC tumbling all the way to sixth in the league standings with two conference games to play. Instead, the Eagles jump Duke for fourth place. That's likely as high as BC can finish as the three teams ahead of them -- North Carolina, Maryland and Syracuse -- all own the head-to-head tiebreaker.
1. North Carolina (12-1, 5-0) -- Remaining: @ Syracuse, Duke
2. Maryland (13-1, 4-1) -- Virginia, Virginia Tech
3. Syracuse (12-1, 4-1) -- North Carolina, @ Notre Dame
4. Boston College (10-3, 2-3) -- @ Virginia, Virginia Tech
5. Duke (8-5, 2-3) -- @ Notre Dame, @ North Carolina
6. Virginia (7-6, 1-3) -- Boston College, @ Maryland, @ Virginia Tech
7. Notre Dame (8-5, 1-4) -- Duke, Syracuse
8. Virginia Tech (7-6, 0-4) -- @ Boston College, Virginia, @ Maryland
For the first time ever, this year's ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship will be hosted by Boston College at Newton Lacrosse Field on April 24, 25 and 27. All eight programs will make this year's Championship. Here's how the championship would look if the season ended today.
#8 Virginia Tech vs. #1 North Carolina, 11:00 a.m. RSN
#5 Duke vs. #4 Boston College, 1:00 p.m. RSN
#7 Notre Dame vs. #2 Maryland, 3:00 p.m. ACC Digital Network
#6 Virginia vs. #3 Syracuse, 5:00 p.m. ACC Digital Network
Boston College is back in action this Thursday, April 10 at Virginia. Game is at 7 PM. Go Eagles!