Game time has been announced for the upcoming Boston College women's lacrosse national tournament game against Stony Brook. The Eagles will host the Seawolves at 4 PM on Friday, May 13th, with the winner moving onto face fourth-ranked Syracuse on Sunday in the Second Round.
The Eagles enter the tournament after a 10-8 regular season in which they went just 2-5 in ACC play. They ranked only 20th in RPI this year, and they weren't ranked by the Inside Lacrosse poll. But they were tied for 16th with Massachusetts in the most recent IWLCA Coaches Poll, a team they defeated in March, 9-8, and their strength of schedule included the entire ACC plus games against Johns Hopkins and Florida.
This weekend, the Eagles draw a Stony Brook team that went undefeated in the America East, going 16-3 overall witha 6-0 regular season in conference. SBU is riding a 14 game winning strea, having not lost since a trip out west to play USC on March 14th. They had lost three of their first four games, having defeated Bryant and Yale but losing to Florida (then ranked #3), Northwestern (then ranked #11), and Southern California (then ranked #12).
Over the course of their winning streak, SBU's beaten Stanford (then ranked ninth) and Johns Hopkins (20th) by 10 goals or more, solidifying their tournament resume even before they won their conference tournament.
In America East play, the Seawolves averaged 16.5 goals, including a 23-2 victory over UMass-Lowell. In the conference tournament, they beat New Hampshire, 17-4, before squeaking by Albany, 10-9.
Boston College will host the weekend's bracket with Syracuse, the fourth-ranked team in the nation and second place finishing team in the ACC. The Orange went 16-5 in the regular season, but they only defeated BC, 13-8, in their meeting in Newton earlier this year.
Games will be played this weekend at the Newton Campus field with tickets costing $5 for adults, $3 for students with a valid Boston College ID, and $2 for children 12 and under. Children under two years of age receive free admission.