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Cara Urbank Leads Eagles to Victory in Home Opener

The Boston College lacrosse team won its home opener on Sunday, topping the Vanderbilt Commodores 15–12 behind Cara Urbank’s career-high six goals. The win is the second straight for the fifth-ranked Eagles, who improved to 2–1 after suffering a shocking loss to UMass in the season opener.

The Commodores opened the scoring less than three minutes into the contest, with Brianne Gross sliding a shot past Rachel Hall. The Vanderbilt lead was short-lived, however, with the Eagles tacking on three quick goals, two by Urbank, to make the score 3–1.

Vanderbilt responded almost immediately, with Gross adding her second goal and Emily Mathewson adding two more in the midst of a 4–0 run that helped the Commodores take a 5–3 lead. The Eagles closed the first half with another run of their own, claiming a 6–5 lead shortly before the halftime break behind two goals by Jordan Lappin.

The second half was a back-and-forth affair as well, with the Eagles and Commodores trading goals early in the second frame. Vanderbilt took a 10–9 lead after Gross chipped in two more goals, but Urbank ultimately became too much of the Commodores to handle.

The senior attacker scored four goals in the second half, leading BC to a 15–10 lead that it would never relinquish. While the Commodores scored twice in the final two minutes, it ultimately was not enough to mount a comeback and the Eagles emerged from an extremely competitive affair with a quality win.

With the victory, the Eagles improved to 2–1 on the season, with a Friday road game against No. 16 USC approaching quickly. As the Eagles’ first game against a ranked team, this may be the first indicator of how legitimate the squad’s title hopes are this season.

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