The Boston College women's lacrosse team wrecked UNH 20-7 on Saturday in Durham, New Hampshire, improving the Eagles' record to 14-2. With a tremendous regular season now mostly in the rear view mirror*, the focus now turns to postseason play, where a familiar foe awaits the Eagles on Thursday when they face Syracuse in the ACC quarterfinals.
(*BC will face BU on Saturday, May 2 in a regular season game following the ACC tournament but prior to the NCAA tournament.)
Covie Stanwick and Kenzie Kent led the way for BC on their cruise past the Wildcats. Stanwick nearly beat UNH all by herself, scoring 6 goals. Kent, the dual-sport freshman dynamo, added 5 of her own. Kalleen Hart, Tess Chandler and Laura Frankenfield also had two goals each in the victory.
The game also was noteworthy for the return of Mikaela Rix to the field. Rix, who was injured last month in a game against Duke, started against UNH though she did not score in her limited return. Early in the game, Rix was knocked to the ground but she was able to get up and resume play - a good sign for one of the ACC's top players, who will certainly be called upon if BC is going to make a deep postseason run.
In a sign of just how good ACC women's lacrosse is, the Eagles' 5-2 ACC record was only good for the #3 seed in the tournament, with UNC (6-1) and Duke (5-2) leading the way. In the quarterfinals, BC will face #6 seed Syracuse, who had an off year by their standards finishing 10-6 with a 3-4 conference record. That game will be on Thursday at 6 PM on ESPN3. You may recall that the Orange Eagle Trophy is deadlocked right now, so this game will likely determine who wins it all. No pressure.
In terms of the national picture, BC looks to be in good shape to compete for a bye in the first round of the NCAA tournament,. as the Eagles are currently ranked #3 nationally, behind only undefeated Maryland and conference-mates UNC.