Chestnut Hill, Mass. – No. 4/4 Syracuse led by three with just more than eight minutes remaining, but No. 1/1 Boston College scored four unanswered goals, the final coming with just 17 seconds on the clock, to give the Eagles a 14-13 victory in the semifinals of the ACC Womens Lacrosse Tournament.
We made some mistakes, Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said of the last five minutes of the game. Some mental errors gave them the ball back. Those are some amazing players on that BC team and they werent giving up. They made the plays at the end when they had to to win the game and we didnt.
Which happened. And quick, like in only six seconds. Zac Tucci won a clean faceoff, got the ground ball, had plenty of room to fire a shot, and did so past Porter again on the near-side post, this time on the upper end of the net. After that, Im not so sure why John Desko didnt call a timeout. A couple minutes past before the game-winner for Gavin. Just like his first goal, Gavin was behind the net, this time with Andrew Helmer on him. He went to his right before switching to his left, snuck between Helmer and Marcus Cunningham and hit the high near-side corner of the net for the goal inches away from Porter. After that goal, Desko did call his first timeout. Throughout most of the game, UNC took some long, lengthy possessions to keep it a low-scoring game. That helped them stay in it against the Orange. The faceoff battles were much more even than in the first meeting. Jake Phaup took the majority of them and won just less than 50%. Danny Varello went 1-of-5. Once again, the Tar Heels double-poled the first midfield. Jamie Trimboli and Curry (sometimes Buttermore when Trimboli wasnt on) both got long sticks, while Voigt got a SSDM. This was a good hit. Tyson Bomberry with a HUGE hit. No flag. pic.twitter.com/l49v28cS4M
Junior Emily Hawryschuk ended the first half by picking up a loose ball and as she was falling to the ground, flicked the ball into the back of the net to tie the score at 7-7. It marked the fifth tie of the game as neither team could pull away.
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The squads continued to trade goals in the second half before Syracuse (15-4) scored four straight to take its largest lead of the game at 13-10 with 8:10 remaining. Hawryschuk started the scoring run with her fourth goal of the day on an assist from freshman Meaghan Tyrrell. Freshman Megan Carney then scored on an assist from senior Natalie Wallon before redshirt junior Mary Rahal converted on a free-position attempt. Tyrrell capped the run on an assist from Carney.
The Eagles (19-0) took advantage of an Orange yellow card when Dempsey Arsenault scored at the 6:53 mark for Boston Colleges first goal in more than 12 minutes. After Cara Urbank scored, the Eagles tallied another woman-up goal to tie the game for the ninth time at 13-13.
Boston College won the ensuing draw and after a timeout, Taylor Walker found the back of the net with 17 seconds left to put the Eagles up by one. An infraction on the draw gave Syracuse the final possession, but the Orange couldnt work the ball into their offensive zone as Boston College held on for the one-goal victory and remained undefeated.
A Brian Cameron (2 Gs, 1 A, 3 GBs, 1 CT)M William Perry (2 Gs, 1 A)M Matt Gavin (2 Gs, 2 GBs)A Nicky Solomon (1 G, 1 A, 1 GB, 1 CT)M Justin Anderson (1 G, 1 A)A Jacob Kelly (1 G, 1 GB, 1 CT)M Tanner Cook (1 G)M Timmy Kelly (1 A, 1 GB)
Hawryschuk again led the Syracuse offense with four goals, giving her 65 on the season. That total ties her for seventh place on the Oranges single-season record list.
Carney, Rahal and sophomore Sam Swart had two goals apiece, while Tyrrell had a goal and tied her career high with three assists. In addition, senior Nicole Levy scored her 141st career goal, moving her into a tie for ninth place on Syracuses all-time leader list.
Hawryschuk and sophomore Grace Fahey combined for 17 draw controls as Syracuse had an 18-11 advantage in the draw circle. Hawryschuk collected a career-high 12 draws, while Fahey also posted a career-best five.
Syracuses defense limited Boston Colleges leading scorers, Sam Apuzzo and Kenzie Kent, to a combined six points. Apuzzo ranks third in the nation in scoring, while Kent is fourth. Fahey and sophomore Ally Trice were tasked with guarding the two Tewaaraton Award nominees. Orange goalkeeper Asa Goldstock finished with eight saves to go along with two ground balls and a caused turnover.
Turnovers were a key factor in the game as the Orange committed 23, many coming on the clear as they were just 13-of-21.
D Jake Peden (2 CTs, 2 GBs)D Michael Nathan (1 CT, 2 GBs)D Jack Rowlett (1 CT, 1 GB)LSM Kevin Walker (1 CT)
Boston College has now defeated Syracuse twice this season by a combined three goals. The Oranges other two setback have come at No. 2 Maryland and No. 3 North Carolina.
We proved to ourselves again that we can play with anybody and if we can clean up our mental mistakes, we can beat anybody, Gait said. (Well take) some good things out of that heading into the NCAA Tournament.
Share Share THE ORANGE ARE JUICE AGAIN: Boston College Womens Lacrosse Outslugs Syracuse 14-13 In Wild ACC Semifinal tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Boston College fans would be forgiven for being on the edge of their seats during Friday evenings ACC semifinal.
In a wild back-and-forth game at Alumni Stadium, the Boston College Eagles outlasted the No. 4 seeded Syracuse Orange 14-13 to set up a date in the ACC championship Sunday.
The Eagles were down 13-10 late in the second half, before the Eagles scored four unanswered goals, culminating in a Taylor Walker goal with 17 seconds left in the game to give the Eagles the win.
Walkers goal was her third of the game, completing a much-needed hat trick for the senior. Sam Apuzzo also had a hat trick in the effort.
The Eagles will now face the winner of North Carolina v. Duke in the late game at Alumni Stadium Sunday in the ACC championship game. The Eagles, obviously, have beaten both of them this season, but Eagles fans would be forgiven for having nervous anticipation for the big game.