The No. 1 Boston College women’s lacrosse team improved to 15-0 on Saturday with a 16-13 win over the No. 21 Virginia Tech Hokies, staving off a furious second-half comeback to remain perfect. It was one of the first true tests for the Eagles this season, who have dominated elite competition for the majority of the year.
Star attacker Sam Apuzzo opened the scoring just 39 seconds into the contest, sneaking a shot past Hokies goalie Morgan Berman to give the Eagles an early 1-0 lead. Dempsey Arsenault would double the Boston College lead just a minute later, capitalizing on a Virginia Tech turnover.
However, the Hokies responded quickly, with Taylor Caskey trimming the BC lead to 2-1 with a goal on the man advantage. It took just over a minute for Cara Urbank to put the Eagles back up 3-1, but an explosive Hokies attack then scored three unanswered goals in an eight-minute span, taking a 4-3 lead.
The Eagles would respond with four unanswered goals of their own, with Kenzie Kent, Sheila Rietano, Maggie Casey, and Cara Urbank combining to put the Eagles back in front by a score of 7-4.
The final twelve minutes of the first half, on the other hand, were mostly back and forth, with the Eagles and Hokies trading goals en route to a 9-6 Eagles lead at the halftime break. Cara Urbank completed a first-half hat-trick, while Kate Taylor scored the other Boston College goal after an assist by Urbank.
Boston College opened the second half with an aggressive attack that immediately paid dividends. Dempsey Arsenault extended the Boston College lead to 10-6 just two minutes after the break, receiving a fantastic pass from Sam Apuzzo and finding the back of the net. Apuzzo would then add two goals of her own, completing her hat-trick and giving the Eagles a 12-6 lead.
Despite two goals from the Hokies, the Boston College offense would not relent, seizing a commanding 16-8 advantage behind goals from Kent (twice), Arsenault, and Rietano. Kent and Arsenault both finished with hat-tricks of their own, giving the Eagles four on the day (Apuzzo, Arsenault, Kent, and Urbank).
A late run from the Hokies gave the Eagles one of their biggest tests of the season, however. Virginia Tech staged a furious comeback in the final six minutes, scoring five goals in succession to trim the deficit to 16-13. Paige Petty, in particular, was brilliant for the Hokies, scoring five goals.
Ultimately, there simply was not enough time for Virginia Tech to complete the comeback, with the Boston College defense steady enough to maintain the lead and salvage a victory. The win brings the Eagles to 15-0 on the season and 6-0 in the ACC, while the Hokies fell to 8-8 (1-5 ACC). Boston College is back in action on Tuesday, April 16 at 4 p.m., with a home matchup against the Yale Bulldogs. The game will be played in Alumni Stadium rather than on Newton Campus.
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