Atop an 11-1 record and a No. 3 ranking in the IWLCA Coaches ranking, the BC women’s lacrosse team may just be the best team in the nation.
With wins against perennial powerhouses Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Louisville, Notre Dame, and North Carolina, the women’s lacrosse team has proven—throughout the season—that it simply will not rest on its laurels.
The team’s superlative record is a testament to its pure skill. The team’s offense—led by Tewaarton Award watch-list members senior attackwoman Covie Stanwick and senior midfielder Mikaela Rix—has netted 173 goals in 12 games this season, compared to its opponents’ 106.
Not to be overshadowed by such high-octane scorers, the team’s unsung offensive heroes have often been sophomore midfielders. Whether it is Tess Chandler, Kate Weeks, or Mary Kate O’Neill providing fuel in the form of goals to an incredibly robust offense or whether it is Kayla O’Connor or Laura Frankenfield shooting with an absurd degree of accuracy, the team has certainly benefitted from the presence its sophomores.
At the forefront of the defensive unit, senior defensewoman Stephanie Sabatini and junior defensewoman Molly Erdle have oftentimes been the team’s glue, snatching ground balls and bailing the team out of threatening situations. The team’s defense—particularly in the ground ball department— has also been bolstered by the likes of freshman defensewoman Mary Kensinger, do-it-all midfielder Mikaela Rix, junior midfielder Carolina Margolis, junior midfielder Sarah Mannelly, senior midfielder Rachel Igoe, and sophomore midfielder Mary Kate O’Neill.
With regard to the player on a lacrosse team who oftentimes makes or breaks a game, one would be remiss not to mention sophomore goalie Zoe Ochoa, an adept goalie who has a knack for making critical saves when they most count and who made headlines with an astounding (and game-winning) save against UNC.
The team’s only lapse came from the likes of UVA, a game that the Lady Eagles lost by a margin of two goals, 15-13. Despite lifting themselves up by their bootstraps to close an early UVA lead of 6-0 to a slim lead of 8-7 by half, the Lady Eagles—despite having home-field advantage—never managed to gain a lead at any point in the game, and subsequently lost.
Looking forward, the team will have some challenging opponents to face. Then again, in the world of the ACC, that comes with the territory. Most notably, the team will play its next game against No. 5 Duke on April 4th. After that, the team will face Harvard, Virginia Tech, and New Hampshire—all unranked teams—before the ACC Championships begin on April 23rd.
Though the team certainly has plenty of lacrosse left to play, it’s difficult to imagine this truly skillful team doing anything other than continuing to play exceptionally skillful and well-balanced lacrosse for the rest of the season. The team’s biggest tests will likely be the ACC Championships as well as the NCAA Tournament.
Until those major tests, yon can bet that the team—which may very well be the best in the nation, and can most certainly make a case with a victory against Duke—will not be resting.
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