When last we looked at the state of the 2014-15 Orange Eagle Trophy, Boston College and Syracuse, tied at 51-51 in the venerable and not at all made up competition, were counting on their softball teams to settle the score. However, the Great Boston Winter of 2015 gobbled up the BC-Syracuse softball series, and it was never rescheduled, meaning the Orange Eagle remained deadlocked heading toward the postseason.
Orange Eagle Zero Hour may have finally arrived, as Boston College and Syracuse are now poised to meet in the quarterfinals of the ACC women's lacrosse tournament. Six whopping points will be on the line and odds are pretty good that this will basically be the Orange Eagle Super Bowl, so you'll want to find time to tune in on ESPN3/NESN+ tomorrow night at 6 PM. BC is the favorite, coming in as the #3 seed and facing a Syracuse team that had a down year by its lofty standards - but 'Cuse will no doubt have revenge on their minds after losing to BC at the Carrier Dome earlier this season.
We won't be able to crown a champion just yet after tomorrow night's game, as bonus points could still loom, and BC and 'Cuse could still match up in the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament or (theoretically, but less likely) the ACC softball tournament. Either of those meetings would be worth another six points.
Winning an ACC title would also be worth 6 points, so Orange Eagle trackers will need to follow all of the drama at the women's lax tournament, even if they're a fan of the team who loses the first round matchup. Last but not least, there's the potential for a 10 point bonus if BC or Syracuse wins a national title down the stretch. Syracuse's men's lacrosse team is the wild card here; with the Orange 9-2 and #4 in both major polls, they have a real chance at winning a national title and giving Cuse the lead even if BC wins tomorrow night.
Keep your eyes peeled for updates here at BC Interruption and over at Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician as the competition reaches its climax.
|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||X||X||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|