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Boston College lacrosse 2022 roster outlook

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2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

We continue our look at the roster picture for Boston College teams heading in to 2021-22 with a look at Boston College’s national champion lacrosse team. Did I mention they’re national champions? They’re national champions. So that’s cool.

The national champions will be expected to push for a fifth consecutive Final Four appearance as they are bringing back a vast majority of their weapons from this year’s team.

Big caveat here: the transfer portal has been active in every NCAA sport and there’s no reason to think that won’t be the case in lacrosse too. So some of these projected returners may end up transferring, and you could see additional players come in. Also, the whole redshirting system has been upended by COVID meaning some of the class year information we’re working off of could be wrong.

But for now, let’s take a quick look:

Goalkeepers

Returning:
Rachel Hall (Sr)
Kait Devir (Jr)
Maddy Manahan (So)

Could return:
Abbey Ngai (Gr)

Departures:
None

Arrivals:
None

Outlook:

This is pretty straightforward - Rachel Hall will return with two additional years of eligibility and it’ll be her net. It was her net all season, and then we all saw her heroics in the Final Four.

Abbey Ngai was the #2 goalie this year; as a graduating senior this year she’ll have an extra year of eligibility though it’s unannounced at this point if she’ll use it. Kait Devir also got a few spells of playing time this year.

Defenders

Returning:
Melanie Welch (Sr)
Maddie Cooney (Sr)
Sophia Taglich (Jr)
Mary McWright (Jr)
Hunter Roman (So)

Could return:
Addison Kent (Gr)

Departures:
Jillian Reilly (graduation)

Arrivals:
None

Outlook:

Only one departure but it’s a big one, fifth year team leader Jillian Reilly, who started 19 games for BC and has been part of the heart and soul of the program throughout its rise.

Though BC is not slated to have any freshman arrivals to bolster the defense they do return their three other leaders in playing time in Welch (21 GP), Cooney (14) and Taglich (14). The defensive unit wasn’t BC’s statistical strength throughout the regular season, ranking 38th nationally, but they showed up in a huge way in the NCAA tournament, especially against high-powered UNC. They will look to build on that in the coming season and will be bringing back most of the cast that did it.

Midfielders

Returning:
Courtney Weeks (Sr)
Sara O’Brien (Sr)
Cassidy Weeks (Jr)
Annie Walsh (Jr)
Ryan Smith (Jr)
Hollie Schleicher (Jr)
Phoebe Day (Jr)
Grace Arthur (Jr)
Julia Barry (Jr)
Annabelle Hasselbeck (So)
Belle Smith (So)
Andrea Reynolds (So)
Lizzie O’Neill (So)
Kayla Martello (So)
Katie Riehl (So)
Sydney Scales (So)

Could return for fifth year:
Cailee Perettine
Maggie Casey
Haley Cogliano

Departures:
None

Arrivals:
Mallory Hasselbeck
Summer Agostino
Elizabeth Kirk

Outlook:

It’s an embarrassment of riches for BC in the midfield even if their potential fifth years depart.

Belle Smith looks like the next major star at BC after scoring 47 goals and being one of the nation’s top freshmen. The Weeks sisters, Schleicher, and Annabelle Hasselbeck are among those who played in all 21 games for BC, and all played important roles in the championship run. Schleicher was also BC’s second go-to on draw controls behind Charlotte North and led field players in ground balls.

To add on to this championship midfield, BC brings in two of the top-5 recruits in the nation in Mallory Hasselbeck and Summer Agostino. Hasselbeck missed her high school senior season with injuries but comes in as the nation’s top recruit, so if she’s healthy she will likely have a chance to contribute right away.

Attack

Returning:
Charlotte North (Gr)
Caitlynn Mossman (Sr)
Jenn Medjid (Sr)
Erin Walsh (So)
Kit Arrix (So)

Could return:
Bridget Simmons (Gr)

Departures:
Cara Urbank (graduation)

Arrivals:
McKenna Davis

Outlook:

With North leading the line, BC will once again be expected to have one of the most prolific attacks in the nation. Cara Urbank will be greatly missed - not only for her 82 points, but also for her experience and leadership - but the rest of BC’s championship cast is back.

McKenna Davis adds in to the mix as the #24-ranked recruit in the nation, out of Canandaigua Academy in New York.

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Overall outlook:

BC is basically putting the band back together. Even if some of the seniors who have additional eligibility decide to move on either to play their grad year elsewhere or forego it, the Eagles are returning an overwhelming majority of their production - plus adding a highly-regarded freshman class.

Expect the Eagles to come in to the season with big expectations and high preseason ranking, probably #1. Heavy is the head that wears the crown, so how BC manages those big expectations will determine how next season goes. But on paper, it looks like Acacia Walker-Weinsten’s team will continue to be a leading light on the Heights.