Fourth time’s the charm for Boston College as the women’s lacrosse team has won the NCAA Championship in the team’s 4th straight finals appearance! The Eagles, who beat undefeated UNC on Friday to get to the championship, faced another ACC foe today in Syracuse. After a fairly evenly matched first half, the Eagles ran away with the game in the second and won this one by a final score of 16-10.
Charlotte North picked up the first goal of the game to jump BC out to an early lead today, but Syracuse quickly tied things up. Cara Urbank and North then put BC up 3-1, but the Orange answered right back with 3 straight goals of their own to take their first lead of the game.
Jenn Medjid and Belle Smith, both assisted by Caitlynn Mossman, put BC back up 5-4, only for Syracuse to immediately score a pair and regain the lead. Seconds later Courtney Weeks tied things back up at 6, and Smith took another feed from Mossman to regain the BC lead, only for Syracuse to tie things at 7 a minute later.
North and Mossman scored late in the half to give BC a 2 goal lead, but a free position goal with 23 seconds to go in the half got Syracuse within 1 and the Eagles went into the second up 9-8.
The Eagles came out of halftime totally ready to go, and completely dominated the remainder of the game. Medjid, Courtney Weeks, and North all scored to start the half and give BC a 12-8 lead. Syracuse broke the Eagles scoring streak with a single goal, only for North to score again, making her 101st goal of the season and breaking the NCAA single game scoring record (and all but assuring her this year’s Tewaaraton Award).
North’s goal was the first of another streak of 3 for BC, as Cassidy Weeks and Cara Urbank scored next to make it 15-9. Syracuse scored once more to get their goals into the double digits, but with the clock winding down BC had basically secured the win by this point. The Eagles wrapped things up with a late goal from North, her 6th of the game and 102nd of the season, and took this one by a final score of 16-10.
Off of the score sheet, Hollie Schleicher and Rachel Hall were also big parts of BC’s victory today. Schleicher played well on the draw control and grabbed a game leading 5 ground balls, while Hall had another standout game in goal, making 9 saves on 19 shots on goal.
This is Boston College’s first NCAA National Championship since the men’s hockey team won it all in 2012.