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Mikaela Rix Injured In Women's Lacrosse Loss To Duke

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Eagles flattened by Devils in huge game. One more ACC contest remains.

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When we took a look at the women's lacrosse tournament picture last week, Saturday's "red bandana game" against Duke stood out as the most important regular season game left on the schedule. Unfortunately, the game was pretty much an unmitigated disaster; the Eagles fell to #5 Duke 13-8, and more worryingly, Mikaela Rix, BC's top player, went down with a potentially serious injury.

Duke came out firing early and often and built up a 6-1 lead in the early minutes of the game, making it look like the Eagles would be routed. Late in the first half is when Rix got hurt after taking a hit to the head from Kerrin Maurer, who received a yellow card on the play. Rix was taken off the field by ambulance and at this time the prognosis for her return is unknown. Rix is BC's leading scorer and has been one of the real key players in the Eagles' surge up toward the top of the national rankings; let's hope she makes a full and speedy recovery.

In the second half, BC battled back in Rix's absence, with Sarah Mannelly fueling a 6-2 run that brought the Eagles within 1 at 8-7 with 21:22 remaining in the game. Given the momentum the Eagles were carrying at that point, it seemed like a comeback victory may have been in the cards.

Unfortunately, Duke regained control and dominated the remainder of the game, scoring the next three goals and holding BC scoreless for nearly 20 minutes as they took complete control. After Kenzie Kent scored a consolation goal for BC late in the game, Duke added two more in garbage time for the 13-8 margin.

The Eagles are now 11-2 on the season and 4-2 in ACC play, no longer controlling their own destiny to claim the #1 overall seed for the ACC tournament; Duke now has that honor. BC has one ACC game remaining: next Saturday afternoon at Virginia Tech. But first they have local business to take care of midweek, squaring off against Harvard tomorrow at 4 in Newton.