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Boston College Women’s Lacrosse Season Preview

Can BC’s newest NCAA Championship contender make it to the finals again?

2017 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship Photo by Ben Solomon/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Last season, the Boston College women’s lacrosse team became the pride of BC as they went on a Cinderella story run to the NCAA finals. Getting to the Final Four again will be another uphill battle, but fans should expect BC to have a solid season.

Despite losing a couple top offensive players to graduation, the Eagles should continue to be an offensive powerhouse this season. Consistency on defense and in goal will be the deciding factors in whether this BC team is good or great. Fans should expect BC to perform better in non-conference play, as the ACC is a particularly stacked conference.

Players to Watch

Sam Apuzzo: Apuzzo is only a junior, but she is already one of the top players in college lacrosse. She is the fastest player to reach 100 points in BC women’s lacrosse history, doing so in only 25 games. She also holds the program record for single season points, scoring 119 as a sophomore.

Kenzie Kent: It is unclear whether or not Kent will be playing lacrosse this season, as rumors are going around that she might take this season off and return next year to play a full season. If Kent does join the team at the conclusion of the women’s hockey season, expect her to make an immediate impact. Last season, Kent broke the NCAA Tournament scoring record by scoring 37 points in 5 games, including 10 points in the final. Listing all of her records would take paragraphs, so let’s just leave it at “Kenzie Kent is very, very good.”

Dempsey Arsenault: Aresenault is an extremely skilled two-way player who can contribute to all aspects of BC’s game. She had 23 points and 48 ground balls last season and fans should expect to see her impact grow as she moves to midfield this year.

Kaileen Hart: Hart was BCI’s most improved player last year across all sports. She went from scoring 6 points as a sophomore to scoring 75 points as a junior. With the loss of Kate Weeks and Kayla O’Connor, Hart’s newfound offensive prowess will be very important to the Eagles.

Get to Know the Freshmen

Maggie Casey: Casey was a “top 100 player to watch” as a senior in high school. She was a 3-year starting midfielder at Sacred Heart Academy.

Haley Cogliano: Cognliano is a midfield/attack who scored 156 points in her first 2 seasons at Westford Academy. Cognliano suffered a season ending injury early in her junior season, which set her back, but she should be able to contribute some decent offense.

Addison Kent: Kent is the sister of BC phenom Kenzie Kent and the daughter of BC assistant coach Jennifer Kent. Kent plays both defense and midfield, and like her sister was also a hockey player in high school.

Jordan Lappin: Lappin scored 238 over her first three seasons of high school play. Her father, Michael, played ice hockey at Boston University.

Abbey Ngai: Ngai is the newest goaltender to join the Eagles. She led Team Elevate Lacrosse to 4 Brine National Lacrosse from 2011-2014 and led Cold Spring Harbor High School to 3 conference titles.

Cailee Perettine: Perettine can play both defense and midfield. She was one of the top women’s lacrosse players in Long Island during high school and was named to the Under Armour All-America Uncommitted class of 2017 team.

Melanie Welch: Welch was a four year starting midfielder at Academy of the Holy Angel. She was also a three time First Team All-League honoree.