The Eagles came close to staging a real comeback a few times late in this game after Syracuse took an early lead, but they were never able to get more than one goal ahead, and a late yellow card gave them a disadvantage. The Eagles ultimately lost by a score of 19-17 and have been knocked out of the ACC Tournament ahead of the championship game. The Eagles will now wait to see whether or not their otherwise strong record earns them a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
The Eagles did score first today, with Charlotte North making a statement under a minute into the game after she was shut out by Syracuse when these teams last met. But Syracuse went on to outscore BC 8-2 over the next 13 minutes. The Eagles broke out with a 3 goal streak, but Syracuse answered with 3 of their own to end the half up 11-6.
The teams traded goals for the first couple minutes of the second half before Belle Smith scored at 23:32 and started a 7 goal streak for the Eagles, putting BC ahead 14-13 with 17 minutes remaining. The score pretty much remained tied for the remainder of the game, but Syracuse secured their victory after taking a 17-16 lead with 1:39 to go, winning the draw control, and then getting a player-up opportunity thanks to a BC yellow card. The Orange added a final goal at :51 to make the score 19-17.
Belle Smith and Charlotte North were the standout players for BC, with North winning 11 draw controls and scoring 6 goals, and Smith making 5 goals.