Eagles fail to gain lax title

Kenzie Kent, NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, lays out to score against Maryland.

Falling one game short of their dream run to the national title, BC’s women’s lacrosse team fell today to #1 Maryland, 16-13. The game took place at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass., and the proximity to Eagles fans may have helped bring about the crowd of 11,688, a record for the women’s championship.

BC and Maryland (23-0) played to a 5-5 tie in the first half, with the Eagles coming back from 0-2 and 3-5 deficits. Maryland, however, scored in the first 9 seconds of the second half and added 4 more to take the lead to 10-5. BC returned the favor with its own 5-1 run to cut the lead to 11-10. Yet another 5-1 Maryland streak brought the score to 16-11 and the Eagles’ 2 additional goals were insufficient.

Junior Kenzie Kent tied the championship game scoring record with 10 points — 5 goals and 5 assists. Having set the tournament scoring record with 37 points — 21 goals, 16 assist — she was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

Sophomore Sam Apuzzo added 4 goals to bring her BC single season record to 80 goals. She also had 39 assists for the BC season total scoring record of 119 points.

Kent, Apuzzo, and Kate Weeks were named to the all-tournament team.

BC finished the season 17-7. The Eagles were the first unseeded team ever to advance to the national championship game.

Lax in national championship final

Eagles following win over Navy

BC’s women’s lacrosse team plays for the national championship on Sunday. They meet #1 and undefeated Maryland at 8 am PT in Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass., and the game can be seen on ESPNU.

The Eagles (17-6) came back from a 9-6 halftime deficit and then hung on to beat Navy, 16-15, at Gillette Friday night to advance. Navy (18-5) outshot BC 26-14 in the 1st half and BC goalie Zoe Achoa had 9 saves while allowing 9 goals. The Eagles opened the 2nd half with 5 straight goals and 2nd-half goalie Lauren Daly held on for the 1-goal victory.

Kenzie Kent, scoring star of BC’s Elite Eight win over USC, was once again the scoring leader against Navy. Her first 5 shots netted 5 goals. Kent now has a career-best 67 points this season, in only 11 games following her joining the team after hockey season ended. Senior Kate Weeks led the Eagles with 3 assists.

Back in March, BC trailed Maryland by only 1 goal, 8-7, at the end of the first half, but the Terps scored 5 straight goals to open the 2nd half and took the game 21-13.

Maryland beat Penn State, 20-10, in the other national semifinal.

Lax in Final Four

BC’s women’s lacrosse team makes its first visit to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament next weekend at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough. The #14 Eagles (16-6) punched their ticket to the national semifinals with a 20-14 win today over #7 Southern California (18-4).

Eagles storm the field to join teammates in celebration.

USC entered the game with the nation’s 2nd-best defense, allowing an average of only 7.5 goals per game. The Eagles’s offense was in high gear early and often, starting out with a 3-0 lead at the Newton Campus Fields. The first half ended with BC up 10-5. USC twice cut the Eagles’ lead to 3 (10-7 and 15-12), but BC outscored the Trojans 5-2 over the last 14:10 of the game to reach the final tally.

Kenzie Kent

This was BC’s 3rd consecutive 20-goal game in this year’s NCAA tournament and the Eagles scored more goals than the Trojans had ever allowed. The Eagles outshot USC 38-25. Junior Kenzie Kent led BC with 6 goals (2 assists). Seniors Kate Weeks and Kayla O’Connor and junior Kaileen Hart added  3 goals each, with Weeks assisting on 6 goals, O’Connor 1, and Hart 4. BC’s top scorer this season, sophomore Sam Apuzzo, had 2 goals, bringing her BC single season record to 109, and 2 assists.

Senior goalie Zoe Ochoa had 2 saves in the opening half and sophomore Lauren Daly had 6 in the second half.

The Eagles meet unranked Navy Friday at Gillette. The Midshipmen defeated #3 North Carolina Saturday.