Women’s lacrosse rounded out its regular season Saturday afternoon with a tough 12-9 loss to Johns Hopkins. Though the Eagles led the Blue Jays for a majority of the game, a late second half comeback by Hopkins stripped BC of the win.
The Eagles’ play was off to a fiery start from the opening draw. A goal by junior Tess Chandler five minutes in put BC on the board first and the momentum rolled from there.
Up 2-1 midway through the first half, the maroon and gold tallied four goals within a mere four minutes, compared to a lone-goal by Hopkins, to advance the Eagles’ lead to 6-1.
Hopkins countered with two quick scores under the ten-minute mark, but a slick shot around the goal-line from senior Sarah Mannelly in the final minute extended the lead to 7-3 and furthered the Eagles’ impetus leading into the second half.
While both teams recorded the same number of shots on goal at twelve at the half, BC junior Zoe Ochoa proved impenetrable in front of the net in the first.
With the second half underway, BC seemed to be pulling ahead for good with another goal by Chandler, making the lead 8-3 with twenty-four minutes left. However, the game turned and the tension built as the Blue Jays responded with five straight goals in ten minutes to tie the game up at 8-8.
Hopkins then proceeded to steal the lead for the first time all game with a free position shot at the eight meter to go ahead by one and ultimately pushed three more past the BC goal line to hold off the Eagles 12-9.
The afternoon was bittersweet for the team as they say goodbye to six seniors. Despite the loss, the graduating class has much to celebrate.
The class of 2016 is atop the winningest classes in program history with 52 wins in all four years.
Among notable graduates, midfielder Sarah Mannelly will go down in the record books for BC. She is currently in 3rd place in the program’s career goal record at 171 and has been named a first-team All-American as well as a two-time first team ACC pick. Mannelly also ranks first in assists and assists per game this season in the ACC at 26 and 1.73, respectively.
Caroline Margolis, another standout midfielder, started all but two games in her four years at BC and has totaled 82 goals and 54 assists. She also earned second-team All-American accolades.
Molly Erdle, the backbone to the Eagles’ defense, has caused 57 turnovers (4th in the ACC) and recorded 92 ground balls during her time as a player.
The Newton Campus field was over-crowded with energized fans, friends, and family Saturday afternoon as they celebrated senior-day, a testament to the commitment the seniors have invested in the program during their tenure.
The loss capped off the Eagles’ regular season at 10-7, and they will head to Virginia Tech for the ACC Championships this week.
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