When last we left the Battle for the Orange Eagle Trophy, Syracuse's four game sweep of men's and women's basketball nudged 'Cuse into the lead, but BC came roaring back with a huge women's lacrosse win at the Carrier Dome. With the Orange Eagle score tied 51-51, the trophy will quite possibly be decided this weekend. (As far as I know, we have no policy on determining how to adjust the Orange Eagle score if sanctions force wins to be vacated. We should probably figure that out.)
BC and Syracuse will do battle in a softball series this weekend, the last regularly scheduled contest between BC and 'Cuse this season. The games, originally scheduled to take place on campus at BC, will be played in Plymouth North High School in Plymouth, MA. Saturday will feature a doubleheader at 1 PM and 3 PM; the series will wrap up on Sunday at 12 PM.
BC is 14-12 (0-6 ACC), Syracuse is 12-14 (0-3 ACC). So this is looking like a pretty even matchup, with all the #OrangeEagle points on the line. Each game is worth 2 points total, for a combined total of 6 points.
But softball is not the only thing going on this weekend that could impact the Orange Eagle. Women's hockey is in action at the Frozen Four with a chance to win national championship bonus points. A national title would be worth a whopping 10 points, possibly enough to just about seal the deal for BC.
While there's a good chance of things being settled, we can't carve anyone's name on the trophy until much later in the spring. BC and Syracuse could collide in the ACC women's lacrosse tournament, or even the national tournament, games that would be worth 6 points each. BC and 'Cuse are also both strong contenders for 6 bonus points for an ACC title or 10 points for a national title. Stay tuned.
In addition, Syracuse or BC could earn 10 more bonus points for winning a national championship in men's lacrosse or men's hockey, respectively. While it's not looking likely for BC men's hockey, it's worth keeping an eye on as you can never count out Jerry York's Eagles.
Below, the scores::
|Head-to-Head / Sport||Date||Location||Point Value||SU||BC||Bonus|
|Field Hockey||20-Sep||SU||6*||6||a, b|
|W Ice Hockey||4-Oct||BC||6*||6||b|
|W Soccer||4-Oct||SU||6*||6||a, b|
|M Soccer||31-Oct||SU||6*||6||a, b|
|M X-Country||31-Oct||ACC Champ**||6||12||a, b|
|W X-Country||31-Oct||ACC Champ**||6||6||a, b|
|W X-Country||14-Nov||NCAA NE||3||3|
|W Basketball||18-Jan||BC||3||3||a, b|
|M Basketball||20-Jan||SU||6||6||a, b|
|W Tennis||14-Feb||BC||6||6||a, b|
|W Lacrosse||28-Feb||SU||6||6||a, b|
|W Softball||21-Mar||BC||2||a, b|
|* in the event of a tie, both teams will earn 3 points|
|** winner determined by relative standing at the end of the competition|
|a) ACC Tournament Champion||6|
|b) NCAA Champion||10|
|Major Sports - Achievement-based|
|M Ice Hockey||NCAA Champion||10|
|M Lacrosse||NCAA Champion||10|