With just under a minute remaining in the game, the No. 2 Eagles’ perfect season was in jeopardy. Following Dempsey Arsenault's shot off the post, the Orange recovered the loose rebound and were primed to break the tie with a game-winning shot.
However, a few contested passes in the backfield eventually lead to Syracuse’s goaltender, Asa Goldstock, boldly streaking up the sideline and coming face-to-face with the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Week and All-American, Sam Apuzzo.
The junior standout forced the Orange’s goaltender out of bounds with just under 30 seconds to play in the match, giving the possession back to the Eagles and breathing life into BC’s hopes of perfection once again. All season, Syracuse struggled to cope with late game pressure, and their 20th turnover of the game proved to be the most costly.
Head coach Acacia Walker quickly called a timeout to reconvene with the offense, and it was only fitting that the ensuing possession saw Apuzzo fire a game-winning goal into the back of the net with just 1.7 seconds left in regulation. The game-winner marked Apuzzo’s 5th goal of the game, bringing her season total to a remarkable 68—good for second in the nation.
By game’s end, the back-and-forth affair saw BC top Syracuse 13-12. For the vast majority of the match, the Eagles led by just a single goal, as the Orange’s swarming defense thwarted any consistent offensive rhythm for the Maroon and Gold.
Apart from Apuzzo, the offense saw a significant contribution from Tess Chandler. The redshirt senior attacker tossed in three goals to push her season total to 32.
On the defensive end, no player shone more brightly than Lauren Daly. The junior goalkeeper continued her dominant season, making save after save in the closing minutes. Yet, none was bigger than a point-blank stop on a nifty shot by Syracuse’s Sam Swart with about two minutes remaining to keep the score tied.
The Orange received a surprising contribution from midfielder Mary Rahal. The redshirt sophomore scored a team-high four goals, despite tallying just nine goals prior to yesterday’s match.
Following the nail-biter, No. 2 BC now sits at a flawless 17-0 on the season and 7-0 in the ACC. On the other hand, Syracuse drops to an even 8-8 on the year and 0-6 in conference play despite the strong effort. Although the Orange have failed to take a single game in ACC play, their high strength of schedule still ranks them as the 16th best team in the country.
BC will look to continue their best season in program history next Thursday in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals. The top-seeded Eagles travel to Durham, North Carolina hoping to add yet another trophy to their already growing list of season accomplishments.
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