While Boston College women’s lacrosse continues to dominate every obstacle thrown at them, men’s club lacrosse has found its own success late in the season. The team will attend the 2018 MCLA National Championship in Salt Lake City starting May 7.
No. 11 Boston College clinched a spot in the tournament after an 11-7 victory over No. 23 Northeastern Sunday afternoon in the Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League (PCLL-I) Championship. The Eagles were able to make adjustments since the last loss to the Huskies, 12-7.
This is BC’s eleventh trip to the MCLA Playoffs, their first since 2016.
Northeastern started the game hot, taking a 5-2 lead midway through the second quarter. BC was able to come back and tie the game at six, hitting three goals in the latter half of the quarter.
After entering the half, the Eagles pulled away in the fourth quarter with key contributions from senior attackers Spencer Bromley and David Hincks, as well as midfielder Seamus Scaring. Goalie Mike O’Keeffe flipped the switch in the second half, only allowing one goal in to secure the Eagles’ place as champions.
At the beginning of the season, club lacrosse struggled out of the gate, going 4-3 in their first seven games. Six of their first seven opponents were ranked at some point in the season, including three top-five teams: former No. 1 Grand Canyon, current No. 3 Michigan State, and No. 1 Chapman. Despite suffering through tough defeats against Grand Canyon and Michigan State early in the season, the Eagles gave Chapman a run for their money in a tight 9-8 loss.
BC was able to rebound by defeating their three other ranked opponents, Georgia Tech, ASU, and Arizona, fairly easily.
The Eagles would go on to win four of their next five games, including wins over No. 13 New Hampshire and No. 20 Connecticut, ending the regular season at 8-4.
Within Division I of the PCLL, BC finished 4-1 in the regular season, beating Buffalo and Northeastern in the PCLL playoffs en route to capturing the championship. This is a huge step for Head Coach Louie DeDonatis and the squad, who last year ended his first season with the team at a record of 5-5.
The Eagles were led by Bromley and Hincks on offense throughout the season, while Ryan Neff and Chris Rylkov led on defense. Bromley was the offensive leader, finishing second in the PCLL with 30 goals and tying for second in total points. Hincks wasn’t far behind, ranking third in goals with 29 and ranking third in points with 40.
Neff and Rylkov were strong defensive leaders, helping the team maintain offensive possessions and limit opponents to an average of 7.5 goals per game.
Men’s club lacrosse has a tough opponent coming up in the first round of the MCLA playoffs; they will be facing No. 6 Virginia Tech on Monday, May 7. The Hokies have recently posted impressive victories over high ranked opponents. The teams faced each other last season, where Virginia Tech came out victorious in a 9-5 win.
The Eagles have never won the MCLA Championship, but hope to make history as the school year winds down.
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