The Boston College women’s lacrosse team continued its strong start to the season with a statement win over the seventh-ranked Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday. The Eagles emerged with a 16-9 victory over the Cavaliers behind star senior Sam Apuzzo’s six goals. Apuzzo, who won last year’s Tewaaraton Award (given to the top women’s lacrosse player in the country), has had the Eagles performing at a high level this season, with the team tallying 59 goals and 18 assists in just 12 games.
The Eagles started Saturday’s game hot, jumping out to a 10-1 halftime lead. Apuzzo opened the scoring about four and a half minutes in, collecting a pass from Kenzie Kent and finding an opening in the net to give Boston College a 1-0 lead. Just two minutes later Apuzzo would add her second goal, increasing the lead to 2-0.
Virginia’s first and only goal of the opening half came just two minutes later with only eight minutes gone in the contest, as Ashlynn McGovern found the back of the net to briefly narrow the deficit to 2-1.
The Boston College offense would erupt from there, with Cara Urbank, Sheila Rietano, Jordan Lappin, and Apuzzo all adding goals before half. Urbank tallied a hat trick in an eleven-minute span while Apuzzo completed a hat trick of her own with just fifteen seconds left until the halftime break. Lappin, meanwhile had two goals before half while Rietano had one, giving the Eagles an overwhelming 10-1 lead after thirty minutes.
Apuzzo would pick up right where she left off in the second half, extending the BC lead to 11-1 just thirty seconds after play resumed. Virginia began to narrow the deficit soon after that, with McGovern, Sammy Mueller, and Lillie Kloak combining for four unanswered goals to narrow to BC lead to 11-5.
The two teams would go back and forth for a bit after the Cavaliers made the game somewhat competitive. The Eagles and Cavaliers would trade goals over the final fifteen minutes, with the Eagles’ lead never dipping below five goals. Boston College would emerge with a 16-9 victory. Apuzzo paced the Eagles with six goals and seven points, while Kent added three assists, breaking Sam Apuzzo’s single-season assist record of 41 with 44 assists already.
Goalkeeper Abbey Ngai was solid in the net, saving ten shots and never allowing the Cavaliers to get back within striking distance. The victory brought the Eagles to 12-0 on the season and 3-0 in the ACC, while the Cavaliers dropped to 9-4 and 1-4 in the ACC. The Eagles will look to stay undefeated at 1 p.m. on Wednesday against the ninth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
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