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Women's Lacrosse Edges Virginia Tech

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ACC regular season ends on a high note; the battle for postseason positioning continues

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In their final regular season ACC game, the #4-ranked Boston College women's lacrosse team traveled to Blacksburg on Saturday and edged Virginia Tech 13-11. The win improved the Eagles to 13-2 on the season and 5-2 in the ACC, while Virginia Tech continues to struggle, now at 6-9/0-6 ACC.

Kenzie Kent, who you may recall from her strong freshman campaign with the women's hockey team, demonstrated her dual sport abilities with her first career hat trick, leading the way for an Eagles team that probably felt the game was a little too close for comfort.

With star player Mikaela Rix still out injured, Kent and some of BC's other top players were required to pick up the slack. Tess Chandler and Sarah Mannelly added a pair of goals each, and Covie Stanwick netted a goal and two assists to help lead the way for the Eagles.

The game was tight throughout. BC never trailed, taking their first lead on a Mannelly goal just over two minutes in to the game, but they could never quite put away the struggling Hokies; their biggest lead of the game was a three goal margin they built for themselves when Mannelly scored to put BC up 13-10 with 8:30 to play. Other than that, the game was mostly a one- or two-goal contest, with Virginia Tech tying the score three times. Still, BC did enough to win, and will gladly take the victory and move on.

Next Saturday, the Eagles head to New Hampshire to take on the Wildcats in a regional rivalry. After that, the focus turns to the following weekend's ACC tournament.

BC will go in to that tournament as one of the three top seeds; at 5-2, they sit in third place behind Duke and UNC, who are tied at 5-1. (The top three teams in the ACC have a combined 38-5 record this season.) UNC and Duke wrap up their ACC regular season against one another on Friday; if Duke wins, BC will finish 2nd in the ACC, carrying the tiebreaker over UNC; if the Tar Heels win, BC will be third.

In terms of the national picture, BC is still in a good position, sitting at #3 in the RPI rankings with the NCAA tournament coming up fast.