The Boston College club men's lacrosse team erased a two-goal halftime deficit, but couldn't come all the way back in a 8-7 loss to top-seeded Arizona State in the quarterfinals of the 2014 MCLA National Championship. The eight-seeded Eagles finish the year 11-4.
Top-seeded and undefeated Arizona State advances to the Final Four to take on fourth-seeded Chapman. #2 Colorado and #6 UC-Santa Barbara are paired in the other National semifinal.
Boston College took early leads of 2-1 and 3-2, but found themselves down 6-4 by half. Despite getting outshot 12-5 in the third quarter, BC was able to erase a two-goal deficit halfway through the quarter. Arizona State would go back up by 1 with 2:28 left in the third as the Eagles went into the final frame down a goal. Boston College would knot the game at 7 with 12:24 left in the contest, but ASU's Justin Straker would net the game-winner with just 3:40 to play.
BC senior midfielder Will Forsyth paced the Eagles with three points (1-2--3). Reed Spencer, John Lambrecht and Joseph Volk finished with game with two points each.
Arizona State, 18-0, had been in only one other one-goal game heading into the National Tournament -- a 5-4 victory at Colorado State back on March 13.
The women's club lacrosse team also made a deep run in this year's WCLA National Championship. As the tournament's #15 seed, Boston College toppled #2 Florida and #3 Ohio State en route to a title game appearance vs. top-seeded Pitt. Unfortunately, the magic ran out as the Cinderella Eagles fell to the Panthers, 12-11.
With upsets of No. 2 seed Florida and No. 3 seed Ohio State earlier in the tournament, Boston College never played like the number 15 seed they were given, and Saturday was no different. Fueled by three second half goals by senior Meghan Conley, the Eagles stayed within striking distance and pulled to within one, at 12-11, with 3:10 remaining on Conley's fifth goal of the game. BC controlled the ensuing draw, but failed to manage a potential game-tying shot. Pitt effectively controlled the ball for most of the final two minutes with excellent spacing and passing to avoid BC's double-team efforts.
Boston College finishes the year with an 11-3 record.
With the varsity women's team advancing to the NCAA Tournament's quarterfinals, all three Boston College lacrosse teams have totally bossed this year's postseason. Do with this information what you will.