No. 2 Boston College lacrosse defeated non-conference opponent No. 18 Dartmouth 13-10 on a chilly Wednesday afternoon.
The Eagles remain undefeated at 15-0 and look as though they can’t be stopped. This season's start is the longest win streak in program history.
The offense made its presence felt right away, racking up a quick goal in the opening minute by Dempsey Arsenault. They followed up with three consecutive goals from attackers Sam Apuzzo, and Tess Chandler, giving BC a 4-0 lead in the first five minutes. Dartmouth had no answer to the Eagles' quick passing.
The Big Green found its way onto the scoreboard after a timeout with a Kierra Sweeney goal, followed by four straight goals to take the lead at 5-4 with 17 minutes left in the half. BC's defense couldn’t stop Dartmouth as they got to the middle at will. The Eagles couldn’t get anything going on offense either during the dominant 10-minute stretch by Dartmouth.
After a 17-minute scoring drought, BC finally got back on the board with a clutch goal by Arsenault to even the game up at 5.
After tying the game, they regained their momentum, going on a 6-0 run to end the half, leading 11-5. The Eagles found their rhythm from earlier in the game by attacking the middle and delivering accurate passes to players on the outside.
Dartmouth struck first in the second half with five straight goals, including a quick one from Campbell Brewer in the opening minute. Suddenly, BC was only up by one with less than 10 minutes left, leading 11-5. Dartmouth figured out how to stop Apuzzo on defense by clogging the middle and double teaming behind the net.
Luckily, the BC defense was able to shut Dartmouth until the final buzzer. Goalkeeper Lauren Daly had a huge day with seven saves while the defense locked down the attackers in crunch time, forcing four turnovers.
In the final seven minutes, Arsenault and Apuzzo each added goals to extend the lead to three as the game came to a close.
Arsenault had a fantastic game on all sides of the ball, recording her 12th hat trick of the season and inducing four turnovers. She finished with five points.
As usual, Apuzzo could not be stopped, scoring three goals and recording two assists. She picked her 59th goal of the season, only trailing Winthrop’s Nicole Beatson for the lead in all of Women’s Lacrosse. She also leads all of lacrosse with 87 points on the season.
BC Women’s Lacrosse continues their utterly dominant season by defeating yet another ranked opponent. They are 8-0 against ranked teams, proving once again that they are the real deal.
After finishing up their non-conference play with a 10-0 slate, the Eagles finish up the season at home against two ACC opponents, No. 14 Virginia Tech on April 14th and No. 15 Syracuse on April 19th. The seniors will be recognized for their contributions during the game against Virginia Tech.
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